Between East and West: Reproductions in Art
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Applicants for the presentation at one of the two sessions in this colloquium are required to complete the Application Form for Speakers, including abstract of the paper less than 250 words in length and C.V. less than 150 words in length, and send them by e-mail attachment to ciha[at] (Replace "[at]" with "@") by July 20, 2018. The application form, abstract, and C.V. should be written in English although English and French are designated as common languages for CIHA colloquia and speakers may prepare their papers either in English or in French.

Committee members of CIHA will select speakers for the two sessions in August 2018 and personally notify each applicant of the result. Names of the speakers will be announced at this website, as well as titles of their papers, in September 2018 after confirming the will of the selected applicants.

Each speaker will be allowed twenty minutes to read his/her paper, followed by ten minutes of discussion. They will be required to send their full paper and PowerPoint file beforehand to the Secretary (deadline to be announced).

For speakers from abroad, the Japanese Committee for CIHA will provide each one with a discount round-trip economy class air ticket between the most convenient airport for the speaker and Narita/Tokyo airport.

All speakers will be provided hotel accommodations including breakfast for three nights at maximum, lunch for two days, and stipend for dinner for one day. They will also be invited to a farewell dinner on the last day.

The following is a random list of topics speakers may take for their papers to read in either of the two sessions:

  • Art collecting in the political context of pre-modern East Asia.
  • Aspects of pre-modern historiography on arts and artists.
  • Comparative approaches to museums and museum law in East Asia.
  • Differences in taste or aesthetic preferences that brought about differences in art collections.
  • Differences in Western collections of Asian art between different regions and different times.
  • East Asian contemporary arts and the art market in the world.
  • Establishment and development of art history as a discipline in East Asian art schools or universities.
  • Forming collections of arts from foreign countries in East Asian and Western countries.
  • Reconstruction of the history of East Asian painting through copies and reproductions.
  • Pre-modern approaches toward the antiquity in East Asia.
  • Professional art studios functioning as an art education system.
  • Purchasing and collecting modern or contemporary Western artworks on globalized markets.
  • Reactions to the introduction of the Western concept of art to East Asia.
  • Transmission or transformation of an indigenous art collection into museum’s objects in East Asia.
  • Transoceanic transactions dealing with artistic objects within a network of human relations.
  • Trends and fashions to collect art objects.

Any questions will be welcome. Please contact the secretary of the colloquium by e-mail: ciha[at] (Replace "[at]" with "@").


Following the CIHA colloquia’s statuses, English and French are common languages for the colloquium. However, applicants who wish to present in French should note that their presentation, if accepted by the selection committee, will be delivered without English translation. They also should note that in the discussion they would preferably use English because many of the participants may not be fluent in French. However, if necessary, they will be able to be supported by the chairpersons of the session or a translator. They are encouraged to prepare either English or Japanese translation of their paper beforehand in order to circulate it among the participants.