College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Maki Kaneko

Humanities - History of Art
Associate Professor
History of Art
Primary office:
Spencer Museum of Art, 209
University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045-7500
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Maki Kaneko teaches courses on the history of Japanese modern/contemporary art, print, manga, and architecture from the seventeenth-century to the present and the arts of Asia Americans and Asian diasporas. Her research concerns the politics of memory, race, and gender in twentieth-century Japanese visual culture and the Asia-Pacific region. Her book Mirroring the Japanese Empire published in 2014 examines the representation and signification of the male figure in Japanese oil painting and cinema between 1930 and 1950, the decades when Japan engaged with a series of imperialist wars. Kaneko's current research includes Japanese American diaspora artists, the history of "outsider art" in Japan, and gender and sexuality in contemporary visual culture.

Teaching Interests

  • Japanese art history
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Asian American and diaspora art
  • Japanese prints
  • Japanese pop culture

Research Interests

  • Japanese art history
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Asian diaspoar art
  • Memory and visual culture
  • War propaganda
  • Gender and body

Selected Publications

Kaneko, Maki. 2015. “ Ajia Taiheiyō Sensō Jiten [The Dictionary of Asia-Pacific War] .” Encyclopedia/Dictionary Entries.
Kaneko, Maki. 2015. Nihon Bijutsu Zenshū Dai 18 Kan: Sensō to Bijutsu [Complete Collection of Japanese Art Vol. 18: War and Art] . Books.
Kaneko, Maki. 2014. Mirroring the Japanese Empire: The Male Figure in Yoga Painting, 1930-1950. Books.
Kaneko, Maki. 2013. “New Art Collectives in the Service of the War: The Formation of Art Organizations During the Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945.” Journal Articles. Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 21 (2): 309–50.
Kaneko, Maki. 2012. “Under the Banner of the New Order: Uchida Iwao’s Responses to the Asia-Pacific War and Japan’s Defeat.” Book Chapters. In Art and War in Japan and Its Empire, 1931-1960, edited by Asato Ikeda, Aya Louisa McDonald, and Ming Tiampo, 190–207. Leiden: Brill.
Kaneko, Maki. 2011. “Mukai Junkichi’s Transformation from a War to Minka (Folk House) Painter.” Journal Articles. Archives of Asian Art 61: 37–60.
Kaneko, Maki. 2007. “Kanten Kaikaku No Yume: Kigen Nisen Roppyakunen Hōshuku Bijutsu Tenrankai, Sensō, ‘Shintaisei.’” Journal Articles. Kindai Gasetsu </i>[Modern Painting Theory], no. 16 (November): 81–95.

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