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The Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquium, the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, the Department of Art and Art History, the Museum of Art, and the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College present

A ‘Faraway Nearby’:  The Perception and Conceptualization of Kyoto in Maruyama Okyo’s

The Sublime Trio of Higashiyma

Pauline Ota
Assistant Professor of Art History, DePauw University

Monday, September 23, 2013 - Noon to 1:00pm - Oldenborg Dining Hall, south side

The influx of printed matter from China and Holland in Japan, following the 1720 lifting of the ban on the importation of foreign books, had fueled a nationwide interest in scientific inquiry and direct observation, which in turn had an impact on the visualization of Kyoto.  The commercial pocket map, with its concise topographic description and rendering of streets within clearly marked city boundaries, altered the manner in which artists in the 18th-century Japan conceptualized as well as visualized Kyoto.  Moreover, a consciousness of the observational act may be gleaned from an analysis of cityscapes such as Maruyama Okyo’s The Sublime Trio of Higashiyama—an awareness that Jonathan Crary argues is indicative of “modernity.”  The Sublime Trio of Higashiyama therefore stands as a break from traditional representations, depicting a proto-panoramic view of the city that describes Kyoto as an abstract but unified space, nearly devoid of human presence.

Pauline Ota currently serves as Assistant Professor of Art History at DePauw University.

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XXIII Annual Conference of the AILCFH
(Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica)

October 10-12, 2013

The Claremont Colleges 

Feminism, Post-feminism, Neo-feminism

The Claremont Colleges are proud to welcome the AILCFH to its campuses for the Association's 2013 annual conference. The AILCFH brings scholars together who study the literary and cultural works by women in the Hispanic world. It promotes professional exchange through its annual conference and through its peer-reviewed journal, Letras Femininas. This year's conference's theme, "Feminism, Post-feminism, Neo-feminism" is designed to allow scholars to present work that demonstrates not only the historical trajectory of feminism but also explores the current state of feminist studies in the Hispanic world.

The XXIII Conference at the Claremont Colleges will feature plenary addresses by Alicia Puleo, feminist philosopher from the Universidad de Zaragoza in Spain ("Ecofeminismo para una cultura de la igualdad y la sostenibilidad") and Sara Sefchovich, writer, journalist and professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in Mexico ("El feminismo: pasión y desafío").

Professor Puleo has written and co-edited a number of books on feminist philosophy, among them Dialéctica de la sexualidad: Género y sexo en la Filosofía Contempoánea (1992), El reto de la igualdad de género (2008) and Ecofeminismo para otro mundo posible (2011). Professor Sefchovich has published 13 collections of essays, among the most recent La suerte de la consorte: las esposas de los governantes de México and ¿Son mejores las mujeres?, in addition to several works of creative fiction. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Guggenheim Foundation.

In addition, the conference will host a reading by Susana Chávez-Silverman, Pomona College professor and author of critically acclaimed books of bilingual creative non-fiction, and an exhibition of the Desastres de la guerra series of prints by Francisco Goya at the Pomona College Museum of Art.

The conference, featuring over 120 scholars presenting work in 38 panels, will take place over three days on the campuses of Claremont McKenna College (Thursday, October 10), Pomona College (Friday, October 11), and Scripps College (Saturday, October 12).

For more information, please contact Mary Coffey, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Pomona College, at or (909) 607-7036.

This event has been made possible by the generous support of the Deans of the Faculty at Claremont McKenna, Pomona, Scripps and Pitzer Colleges, by the Gould Center at Claremont McKenna College, the European Union Center, by the Department of Modern Languages at Claremont McKenna College and by the Department of Romance Languages and the Museum of Art at Pomona College.

Organizing Committee: Mary Coffey and Paul Cahill (Pomona College); Carmen Sanjuan (Scripps College); Lee Skinner and Raquel Vega-Durán (Claremont McKenna College; Roberta Johnson (UCLA)