Maki Kaneko

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - History of Art
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-1495
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.

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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