Imaging Kantō is a digital humanities project developed by Dr. Gennifer Weisenfeld at Duke University.
Gennifer Weisenfeld is Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Dean of the Humanities at Duke University. Her field of research is modern and contemporary Japanese art history, design, and visual culture. Her first book Mavo: Japanese Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1931 (University of California Press, 2002) addresses the relationship between high art and mass culture in the aesthetic politics of the avant-garde in 1920s Japan. And her most recent book Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan’s Great Earthquake of 1923 (University of California Press, 2012, Japanese edition Seidosha, 2014) examines how visual culture has mediated the historical understanding of Japan’s worst national disaster of the twentieth century. She has written numerous journal articles, including several on the history of Japanese design, such as, “‘From Baby’s First Bath’: Kaō Soap and Modern Japanese Commercial Design” (The Art Bulletin, September 2004) and the core essay on MIT’s award-winning website Visualizing Cultures on the Shiseido company’s advertising design. She is currently working on two new book projects, one titled The Fine Art of Persuasion: Corporate Advertising Design, Nation, and Empire in Modern Japan, and the other, Protect the Skies! Visualizing Civil Air Defense in Wartime Japan.
Nicole Y. Gaglia, PhD Candidate, Japanese Art History, Duke University, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Ju-Yu Hung, MA Student, Program in Digital Art History, Duke University, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Wei Tan, MA Student, Program in Computational Media, Duke University, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Anna Vivian, Undergraduate Student, Art History and Physics, Duke University, Class of 2017
Yuchen Zhao, MA Student, Program in Computational Media, Duke University, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Imaging Kantō has benefited from the time and effort of many departments and individuals at Duke University. First and foremost, the project would not have been possible without the generous support of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, and we thank them for helping us bring Imaging Kantō to life. We also thank the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library for acquiring and digitizing our core collection of postcards. Additionally, we are deeply grateful to the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies Visual Resources Curator John Taormina and Imaging Specialist John H. Edinger for aiding us in digitizing the maps and charts that appear on the site. Consultations with the experienced members of the Duke University Wired! Lab helped us develop the intimal framework for the project. Hannah L. Jacobs continues to be a fundamental resource for all things digital humanities. We are indebted to Brian Norberg and Trinity Technology Services for assisting with hosting and IT management of the website. Special thanks to Timothy Shea, who took time out of writing his dissertation to teach our team the inner workings of GIS software.