Professor Kim Brandt, associate professor at Columbia University, will present "'Mingei' and the Emergence of Japanese Folk-Modernism, 1925-1955" at a Center for East Asian Studies joint Japan/Korea Seminar on the emergence of Japanese Folk-Modernism.
Kim Brandt joined the Columbia faculty in 2007. She specializes in 20th-century Japanese cultural and social history, and her research interests include consumerism, imperialism and transnational forms of cultural production. Publications include "Kingdom of Beauty: Mingei and the Politics of Folk Art in Imperial Japan" (2007). Brandt's current research, a book project, deals with the cultural dimensions of Japan's international rehabilitation after World War II.