College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Maki Kaneko

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - History of Art
Associate Professor
Ph.D., World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia
Primary office:
Spencer Museum of Art
Room 209
University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045-7500

My research interest lies in the interrelationship between art and politics in 20th century Japan. I am investigating how artists in various political standings and social statuses responded to the state’s increased interventions and a series of political shifts occurring during the 1930s and 40s; and the processes in which artists and the state powers (the Japanese military-oriented government and later the American-led occupational forces) came to form an inter-dependent relationship. My research also includes the post-occupation period, investigating ways in which wartime art works have been treated in a museum context and academic/popular discourses, and how Japan’s “traumatic” war has been visualized in contemporary art works.


Ph.D., World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia

M.A., World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia

Postgraduate Diploma, World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia

B.A., Art Studies, Meiji Gakuin University

Teaching Interests

  • Japanese art history
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Japanese prints
  • Japanese pop culture

Research Interests

  • Japanese art history
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • War propaganda
  • Gender and body

Selected Publications

Kaneko, M. (2015). Ajia Taiheiyō Sensō Jiten [The Dictionary of Asia-Pacific War] .

Kaneko, M. (2015). Nihon bijutsu zenshū dai 18 kan: Sensō to bijutsu [Complete Collection of Japanese Art vol. 18: War and Art] .

Kaneko, M. (2014). Japanese Visual Culture 14. Mirroring the Japanese Empire: The Male Figure in Yoga Painting, 1930-1950.

Kaneko, M. (2013). New Art Collectives in the Service of the War: The Formation of Art Organizations During the Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945. Positions: east asia cultures critique, 21(2), 309-350.

Kaneko, M. (2012). Under the Banner of the New Order: Uchida Iwao's Responses to the Asia-Pacific War and Japan's Defeat. In A. Ikeda, A. Louisa McDonald, & M. Tiampo (Eds.), Art and War in Japan and its Empire, 1931-1960 (pp. 190-207). Leiden: Brill.

Kaneko, M. (2011). Mukai Junkichi's Transformation from a War to Minka (Folk House) Painter. Archives of Asian Art, 61, 37-60.

Kaneko, M. (2007). Kanten kaikaku no yume: Kigen nisen roppyakunen hōshuku bijutsu tenrankai, sensō, 'shintaisei'. Kindai Gasetsu [Modern Painting Theory],(16), 81-95.

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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. Read more about the CEAS M.A. Program, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, at or 785-864-1478.

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