Sainsbury Institute Toshiba Lectures In Japanese Art

Portraits in Protest:The Art of Resistance Movements From Late Edo Through The Early Meiji Era

Date: Friday 11 November, 6.15pm
Venue: Stevenson Lecture Theatre, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B EDG

Quiet, Unchanging And All To Myself: Tales Spun Out Of Poems Onto Images Of Women

Date: Monday 14 November, 6.15pm
Venue: Brunei Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

On The Edge Of Power: Cultural Performances By Feudal Lords, Rebel Leaders And Meiji-Era Bureaucrats

Date: Thursday 17 November, 6pm
Venue: Norwich Cathedral Hostry, 12 The Close, Norwich NR1 4EH

From the late Edo period, Bakumatsu, into the beginning of the Meiji era, mid-nineteenth century Japan was exposed to an unprecedented level of political, economic and social change. The country was forced to open its frontiers, and the feudal system of the Tokugawa Shogunate was replaced by the reign of the Emperor Meiji. Such revolutionary changes did not fail to influence artists, who could now access an enormous flow of new information and concepts from abroad. At the same time artists were also caught in the middle of the power struggle between the old and new factions, thus creating what can be called ‘art of resistance’. In this year’s Toshiba Lecture Series, Professor Robert Campbell will shed new light on the art scene during this volatile period, focusing on the interactions between literary and visual arts.

Dr Robert Campbell is Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Tokyo, with a focus on pre-modern to Meiji art and society, particularly Japanese poetry and literature in Chinese style. He actively promotes Japanese literature to a wide audience through media appearances including the popular J-Bungaku, a NHK television programme exploring Japanese literature translated and discussed in English. He has also masterminded many literary projects, including his recent re-establishment of literary hubs in the regions affected by the 3.11 disasters.

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