Dr. E. (Ewa) Machotka

  • Lecturer
  • Art and Visual Culture of Japan

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: e.machotka@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Japan

Fields of interest

As an art historian I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches that intersect visual arts and social and intellectual history, focusing especially on the multifaceted relationships between text and image. My research interests include early modern and modern Japan as well as the role of visuality in collective representation, gender, nationalism and Orientalism. Currently my main research projects pertain to socially engaged artistic practices and the relationships between visual representation of nature and environmental consciousness in contemporary Japan.


- Ph.D. in Japanese History of Art (summa cum laude), Gakushūin University, Tokyo, Japan (2003-2008)
- M.A. in Japanese Studies, The Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland (1997-2002)
- M.A. in History of Art, The Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland (1993-1998)

- Affiliated Researcher, The Department of Oriental Languages, The Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden (2010/11)
- Curator, The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden (2008/2009)
- Curator, The Department of Far Eastern Art, The National Museum in Kraków, Poland (1999-2008)

- “ Japan Facing West: Western Influences on Japanese Art 1720-1912”, The Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, Kraków, Poland, (May-October 2011) – co-curator
- “The Floating World: Past or Present?”, The Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway, (March-June 2011) – co-curator
- “Japanese Pictorial Arts”, The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden (March-May 2011) – individual
- “Manga, Manggha, manga. Comic-strip Form and Animation in Japanese Art”, The National Museum in Kraków (January-March 2001) – co-curator

Key publications

Authored monographs
Hokusai`s Hyakunin isshu: Visual Genesis of Japanese National Identity, Brussels: P.I.E-Peter Lang, 2009.

Academic articles
- “For Girls and Wives: Narrating ’Tradition’ and ’Modernity’ through Gendered Publications of the Taishō era” In Amy Newland Reigle, ed. Years of Irony & Paradox: Japanese Art and Society from 1904 to 1930, Andon 97, pp. 91-104. 

- ”Kimono and Sword: Performing Japanese in Galician Kraków.” In Agnieszka Kluczewska-Wojcik & Jerzy Malinowski, eds. Art of Japan, Japanism and Polish-Japanese Art Relations, Torun: Polish Institute of World Art Studies & Tako Publishing House, 2013.

- “Culture and Nature in Landscape Views from Hokusai’s Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki Print Series.” In Onda Eiko et all. The Abundance of Japanese Art: Essays Presented in Honor of Prof. Kobayashi Tadashi Seventieth Birthday. Tokyo: Geika Shoin, 2012. 

- ”Hashi” - Bridging Past and Present, Bridging East and West. Okamoto Ryūsei and the Tradition of Japanese ukiyo-e Woodblock Print”, Oslo: Museum of Cultural History, 2011, http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger2/flytende_verden/

- ”Jasieńskiego Japonia: Orientalizm czy nacjonalizm” (Jasieński`s Japan: Orientalism or Nationalism), In Katarzyna Bałus, ed. Reports of the National Museum in Kraków (Rozprawy i Sprawozdania Muzeum Narodowego w Krakowie), Kraków: National Museum in Kraków, 2010.

- “Katsushika Hokusai ni miru “Nihon”: Edo jidai kōki no kokufū ninshiki no seiritsu wo megutte.” (Japan” as Seen through Hokusai`s Art: National Identity Formation in the late Edo Period), Ukiyo-e Geijutsu (Ukiyo-e Art), Tokyo: Kokusai Ukiyo-e Gakkai, 2008.

- “Japaneseness” as Self and Other: Constructing National Identity – Katsushika Hokusai and Feliks Manggha Jasieński”, In A. Jabłoński, S. Meyer, K. Morita, eds. Civilization of Evolution. Civilization of Revolution. Metamorphoses in Japan, 1900-2000, Kraków: Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, 2008.

- “Reading Japanese Art: Classicism and the Traps of Western Perception”, In Patricia Fister, ed. Research on Art and Music in Japan: A Colloquy with Foreign Scholars Resident in Japan. Japanese Studies Around the World 2006, Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2007.

- “Narodziny „sztuki” i „artysty” – pomiędzy leksyką a estetyką“ (The Birth of ‘Art’ and ‘Artist’ – Between Lexis and Aesthetics), In Beata Kubiak Ho-Chi, ed. Japonia okresu Meiji. Od tradycji ku nowoczesności (Japan During the Meiji period. From Tradition to Modernity), Warszawa: Nozomi, 2006.


My teaching encompasses the following subjects: the art and visual culture of Japan across genres and periods; Edo popular culture; print culture and poetry pictorialization; gender; art theory, etc. 

Courses taught:
“Art and Gender in Japan” 

“Art and the City in Early Modern and Modern Japan” 

“Japanese Print Media - Art or/and Visual Culture?
“Art and Material Culture of Japan” 
“Artist as Profession in Japan”
“Image/Text in Pre-modern Japan”
“Methods: Art and Material Objects”

Grants & Awards

  • DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion, Tokyo. Project: “Bijin (beauties) and retsujo (virtuous women): The Representation of Women in the Modern Print Culture of Japan” (2014-2016)

  • The Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC). Project “From Garbage to Art: Environmental Consciousness in Japan in the Post-Cold-War Era” (2013-15)
  • College Women's Association of Japan 60th Anniversary Scholar Grant 2009 (2009-2011)
  • The 2006 Year Mitsubishi Foundation Research Grant in Humanities (2006/2007)
  • The 2006 Grant Offered by The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies (2006/2007)
  • CWAJ-Tokyo American Club Women’s Group Non-Japanese Graduate Scholarship in Honor of the 50th CWAJ Print Show (2006/2007)
  • The 20th (2003) Grant Offered for Researchers on Ukiyo-e, Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art (2004/2005)
  • Scholarship for the Researchers of Traditional Japanese Culture, Japan Arts Foundation (2003/2004)
  • Scholarship offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education (2002-2006)
  • Toshiba International Foundation Scholarship for Japanese Studies Graduate (2002)

Current Professional Service

Convenor of the Visual Arts Section of The European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) for the years 2012-17.

Last Modified: 11-12-2015