Namiko Kunimoto is a specialist in modern and contemporary Japanese art, with research interests in urbanization, gender, and nation formation. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and is an Assistant Professor of Art History at American University in Washington, DC. Her essay, “Tanaka Atsuko and the Circles of Subjectivity,” received the Chino Kaori Memorial Prize from the JAHF – the primary professional organization of Japan Art History scholars in North America. The Japan Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada have also funded her work. Dr. Kunimoto’s recent publications include “Traveler-as-Lama Photography and the Fantasy of Transformation in Tibet” in TransAsia Photography Review (October 2011) and “Shiraga Kazuo: The Hero and Concrete Violence” in the journal Art History from Blackwell publishing (forthcoming February 2013). Her Master’s thesis, completed at the University of British Columbia, focused on family photography during the Japanese-Canadian internment during World War II and was published in Art History in 2004. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Performing Cultural Capital: Gender, Nation, and Violence in the Art of the Gutai Group.
Kunimoto is a speaker in the Panel: The City.