Archipelagic Visions



February 15, 2019, Panel 4 "Archipelagic Visions": Quintana Heathman and Ewa Machotka present their papers. For more panel videos, click here.


"The Imaginary Island of Kobitojima in Japanese Maps and Books of the Edo Period" is curated by Quintana Heathman. Quintana is an art historian focusing on early modern Japan. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and her BA and MA in art history from Boston University. From 2009–2011 she was a Japanese government research fellow (MEXT) at Gakushūin University. Quintana has worked in Asian curatorial departments at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Harvard Art Museums. She is currently a curatorial assistant at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

"Vernacular Mapping: Early Modern Imaginaries of Lake Biwa in a Computational Perspective" is curated by Ewa Machotka. Dr. Ewa Machotka is Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Culture in the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies of Stockholm University. As an art historian she is interested in interdisciplinary approaches that intersect visual arts and social and intellectual history, focusing especially on the role of visuality in collective representation, gender and nationalism. Currently her main research projects pertain to socially engaged artistic practices and the relationships between art and environmental consciousness in Japan and East Asia. She is also interested in the applications of digital technologies to the study of cultural artifacts and historical processes, and the potential transformative effects that data science hold for the discipline of art history in general. Machotka holds a Ph.D. in Japanese History of Art from Gakushūin University in Tokyo (2008), and has worked as Lecturer in Art and Visual Studies of Japan at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (2011-2017) and as a museum curator in Krakow and Stockholm. Among others, she has published a monograph Hokusai’s Hyakunin Isshu: Visual Genesis of Japanese National Identity (Peter Lang P.I.E., 2009) and co-edited the volume Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan: A Transdisciplinary Perspective (Amsterdam University Press, 2017). Currently she is co-editing (with Panagiotis Papapetrou) Data Science for Digital Art History, a special issue of the International Journal for Digital Art History.