Kenichi Yoshida

Kenichi Yoshida
Title: 
Assistant Professor
Phone: 
(209) 228-4007
Office: 
SSM 255A
Education: 
  • Ph.D., 2011 — University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., 2004 — University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 

Research Interests: 

Ken Yoshida received his Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine, in 2011. His current work focuses on the discursive and aesthetic role of “matter” in postwar avant-garde art to demonstrate that artists in the 1950s to the 1970s consistently critiqued humanism and biopolitics. He is working on his book manuscript tentatively titled "Between Matter and Ecology: Art in Postwar Japan and the Question of Totality."

Yoshida has also worked as a translator for "Primary Documents: Japanese Art Criticism 1945-1989" (MoMA: November 2012). His article “The Undulating Contours of Sogo Geijutsu (gesamkunstwerk), or Hanada Kiyoteru’s Thoughts on Transmedia” was published in the March 2012 issue of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. His latest article is forthcoming from positions: east Asian critique. His new project tracks the history macrobiotics that gained cultural and political traction during the 1930s and the 1940s and the effects on design and lifestyle in contemporary Japan. He joined UC Merced in 2012.

Specializations:

  • Postwar avant-garde in Japan
  • Contemporary art and visual culture
  • Posthumanism and poststructuralism
  • 20th century intellectual history
  • History of design
  • Politics of ecology and nature

 

Disciplines: 

Graduate Division

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
 
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
 
General Inquiries:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Fax: (209) 228-6906
 
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, SSB 310
Merced, CA 95343

 

Graduate Group

Graduate Group Chair: Anne Zanzucchi
(209) 228-4173
 
Graduate Group Chair: Robin DeLugan
(209) 228-4032
 
Graduate Group Coordinator: Mitch Ylarregui
Phone: (209) 228-4105
 

Additional Resources

Graduate Resource Center
Graduate Peer Mentor Program
Writing Services
Grad Student Association
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