Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Maki Fukuoka


0113 343 9171

Fine Art Building 3.14

Office hours: Fridays 2-4, or by appointment

B.A. University of Arizona (Art History and East Asian Studies); M.A University of Chicago; Ph.D University of Chicago (Art History)

Maki’s teaching and research centres on thinking beyond the binary dichotomy through photographic history, exhibition and collecting practices in and about Asia.

Research Interests

Histories of photography; historiography and periodization; theories of vision and visual culture; histories and theories of “realism”; histories of museums and collecting of and in Asia;


Critical Approaches to Photography; Seeing Asia; Showing Asia;



  • Fukuoka M, The Premise of Fidelity: Science, Visuality, and Representing the Real in Nineteenth-century Japan (Stanford University Press, 2012)

Journal articles

  • Fukuoka M, ‘Photography for Everyone: The Cultural Lives of Camera and Consumers in Early Twentieth-Century Japan’, MONUMENTA NIPPONICA, 71.2 (2016), 434-438

  • Fukuoka M, ‘Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India’, CRITICISM-A QUARTERLY FOR LITERATURE AND THE ARTS, 57.3 (2015), 511-515

  • Fukuoka M, ‘Handle with Care: Shaping the Official Image of the Emperor in Early Meiji Japan’, Ars Orientalis: the arts of Asia, Southeast Asia and Islam, 43 (2013), 108-124

  • Fukuoka M, ‘Shōhyakusha to shashin: tōgōsareta shashinshi ni mukete’, Kindai gasetsu, 21 (2012), 31-47

  • Fukuoka M, ‘Modern Japanese Art and the Meiji State: The Politics of Beauty’, The Journal of Asian Studies, 71.4 (2012)

  • Fukuoka M, ‘Photography and Japan by Karen M. Fraser’, Trans-Asia Photography Review, 2.2 (2012)

  • Fukuoka M, ‘Selling Portrait Photographs: Early Photographic Business in Asakusa, Japan’, History of Photography, 35.4 (2011), 353-374
    DOI: 10.1080/03087298.2011.611425

  • Fukuoka M, ‘Toward a Synthesized History of Photography: Conceptual Genealogy of Shashin’, Positions: east asia cultures critique, 18.3 (2010), 571-597
    DOI: 10.1215/10679847-2010-015

  • Fukuoka M, ‘Contextualising the peep-box in Tokugawa Japan’, Early Popular Visual Culture, 3.1 (2005), 17-42
    DOI: 10.1080/17460650500056998


  • Fukuoka M, ‘The Fluidity of Representation: Early Photographs, Asakusa, and Kabuki’, in Portraiture and Early Studio Photography in China and Japan, ed. by Gartlan and Wue (Routledge, 2017)

  • Fukuoka M, ‘Shokubutsu hyōshō no dōki to "shashin": Shōhyaku-sha wo tōshiteno ikkō’, in Between Botany and Art [Geijutsu shokubutsuen] (Aichi Prefecture: The executive committee of the exhibition "Between Botany and Art", 2015), 145-151

Research Projects & Grants

Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, 2017; Japan Foundation, Long Term Research Fellowship, 2015-16; Japan Foundation, Short-Term Research Grant, Summer 2012; Association of Asian Studies, First Book Subvention Program, 2012; Office of Vice President for Research Publication Subvention, University of Michigan, 2011; Faculty Research Grant, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-12; Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, 2008-2009

Research Centres & Groups

The Centre for the Comparative History of Print (University of Leeds)

Arts and the Transcultural: Concepts, Histories, and Practices, Asia and Europe in a Global Context (University of Heidelberg)

External Appointments

Board member, European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology


engenderingeastasia.org, project with Pauline J. Yao, funded by the Leverhulme Visiting Professorship (Jan-May 2017)

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