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Mikael Wallerstedt

Ewa Machotka

Barbro Klein Fellow, SCAS.
Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, Stockholm University

Ewa Machotka is Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Stockholm Uni-
versity. She is an art historian specializing in Japan and East Asia with a transnational education and career
in museums and academic institutions. As a researcher, she is mainly interested in the intercultural and
interdisciplinary study of Japanese art and visual culture from the perspective of Global Art History, Environ-
mental Humanities and Digital Humanities.  

Machotka received her doctoral degree from Gakushuin University, Tokyo, and formerly taught at Leiden
University. She also served as a curator at the National Museum in Krakow, and has held several visiting
professorships, including at Sophia University, Tokyo and Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto. She is a member
of the Young Academy of Sweden, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' International Committee, and

She has published widely in the field of Japanese visual arts, among others Hokusai`s Hyakunin Isshu: Visual
Genesis of Japanese National Identity
(Peter Lang P.I.E., 2009), and Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan:
A Transdisciplinary Perspective
(Amsterdam UP, 2018, with K. Cwiertka). Currently, she is working on a
monograph titled Between Absence and Presence: Environmental Disaster in Early Modern Visual Culture
of Japan
. The aim of this book is to advance the study of the interrelations between visual culture and environ-
mental history, and the processes of visual enculturation through which disasters were constructed, perceived,
and managed in early modern Japan.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2023-24.