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Evgeny S. Steiner

  • Evgeny S. Steiner has been at HSE since 2012.

Education and Degrees

  • 2002

    Doctor of Sciences* in Art History
    Russian Institute of Cultural Studies

  • 1985

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Foreign Literature
    Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR

  • 1984

    Postgraduate programme
    Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR

  • 1981

    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • 1981

    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in East Asian Languages & Literatures (Japanese)
Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR

Master of Arts in Art History
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of History


Post-doctoral studies in Art History
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Humanities

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2016, 2015, 2013

Courses (2017/2018)

Courses (2016/2017)

Courses (2015/2016)

Courses (2014/2015)

Courses (2013/2014)

Courses (2012/2013)

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers



Articles and book chapters37



Working papers1

Preprint Steiner E. S. "Endlessly Variegated Pictures: A Pictorial Encyclopedia Of Old Japanese Life (An Introduction To Hokusai Manga’s Full Edition With Commentaries)" / Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ. Series WP "Working Papers of Humanities". 2014. No. WP BRP 49/HUM.


Twelve books and over two hundered articles. See the list in CV.

Editorial board membership

  • 2013: Member of the Editorial Board, Обсерватория культуры.

  • 2011: Member of the Editorial Council, Культура и искусство.

Additional Training

1991-1993 - Post-Doctorate, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
2008, Feb.  Specialist Workshop on reading old Japanese manuscripts.  Wellcome Library, London (tutor: Prof. P.Kornicki, Cambridge Univ.)
2000, July-Nov.  Web design: Futures in Information Technologies,  New York.   
2000, June-July.  Computer 3-D Animation: Center for Advanced Digital Applications, New York University. Course taken: Introduction to Maya 2.5.
1996.  Novitiate: Shinjuan Temple, Daitokuji Zen Monastery, Kyoto.


2006-2012 Российский институт культурологии, Москва. Главный научный сотрудник
2008наст. Research Forum, Courtauld Institute of Art, London,  Associate Scholar
2008—наст. Japan Research Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Professorial Research Associate
20072009 Sainsbury Institute for the Studies in Japanese Arts & Cultures, London-Norwich, UK. Senior research Associate
20062007 University of Manchester, UK. Leverhulme Visiting Professor
2005—2007 Институт синергийной антропологии (Москва), Главный научный сотрудник
1999—2007 New York University, Programs in the Arts at SCPS (Нью-Йорк), курсы по японскому искусству
2002—2005 State University of New York (Освего), приглашенный профессор; курсы по японскому и китайскому искусству, религии и культурному влиянию Японии в современном западном мире
2001—2002 City University of New York (Нью-Йорк), курсы по истории искусства
1999—2000 Yeshiva University Museum (Нью-Йорк), ученый- резидент
1996—1997 Meiji Gakuin University (Йокогама-Токио), приглашенный исследователь
1994—1995 Sophia University (Токио), приглашенный исследователь (Русско-японские религиозные связи: Русская православная церковная миссия в Японии)
1994, весна Российский гос. гуманитарный университет (Москва), приглашенный профессор (курс «Восток на Западе: конец века»)
1991—1993 Еврейский университет в Иерусалиме, отделения восточно-азиатских исследований (курсы по японской литературе) и истории искусства (курсы по
япoнскому искусству)
1988—1989 Московский государственный университет, кафедра истории и теории мировой культуры (курс «Постигая японскую традицию»)
1981—1990 Издательство «Искусство» (Москва), научный редактор
1976—1980 Музей изобразительных искусств им. Пушкина

Membership in Professional Organizations

1990--current: Union of Artists, Moscow
1992—1997  Association for Asian Studies. Ann Arbor
1993—1997  International Association of Word and Image Studies. Amsterdam
1996—current College Art Association, New York
2003--current  Cornell Univ., East Asian Studies, Associates in Research Program (by invitation)
2007—current  Japanese Art History Forum (JAHF)
2008--current  International Chamber of Russian Modernism (InCoRM), Paris
2008—current  American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)


2006-2012    Russian Institute for Cultural Research, Moscow. Principal research fellow
2008—2011   Research Forum, Courtauld Institute of Art, London,  Associate Scholar
2008—current  Japan Research Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London,  Professorial Research Associate
2007—2009    Sainsbury Institute for the Studies in Japanese Arts & Cultures, London-Norwich, UK. Senior research Associate
2006—2007     University of Manchester, UK. Leverhulme Visiting Professor
2005—2007    Institute for Synergetic Anthropology, Moscow, Principal Research Fellow
1999—2007    New York University, Programs in the Arts at SCPS, (NY NY). Japanese Art
2002—2005    State University of New York, Oswego. Visiting Associate Professor. Japanese and Chinese art
2001—2002 City University of New York (NY NY). Japanese Art & Western Heritage
1999—2000 Yeshiva University Museum (NY NY), resident scholar
1996—1997 Meiji Gakuin University (Yokohama-Tokyo), guest researcher
1994—1995 Sophia University (Tokyo), visiting scholar (Project: Russian Orthodox Ecclesiastical Mission to Japan)
1994, spring Russian State Univ. for the Humanities (Moscow), visiting professor
1991—1993 Hebrew Univ. of jerusalem, Dept. of East Asian Studies (courses in Japanese literature) and Dept. of Art History (courses in Japanese art)
1988—1989 Moscow State University, Dept. of the History & Theory of World Culture (course "Understanding Japanese Tradition")
1981—1990 Iskusstvo [Art] Publishing House, Moscow. academic editor
1976—1980 Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, senior assistant archivist


Russian, Japanese, German, French

Participation in Conferences (selected)

·         “Where Word and Image Meet: the Black Square,” a paper delivered at the 3d International Congress on Word & Image Studies, Ottawa, Canada. August, 1993.
·        Chair of a session “Book as a Total Art,” Conference Interart Studies: New Perspectives. Lund, Sweden. May, 1995.
·        Discussant of a session “Christian Missionaries in the Far East, 19-20 cc”. Conf. of New York Chapter of Assoc. for Asian St., Buffalo Univ., NY, USA Oct. 2003.
·         “Avant-garde and Politics,” a keynote address, Tamkang University, Taiwan, Mar., 13, 2005.
·        “The Country of Curtains; the Culture of Covers: What Lies Behind a Japanese Mask”, a paper at the Vipper Readings Conf., Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Jan. 18-19, 2007.
·        “A View From In-Between: Vereshchagin’s Atypical Case of Orientalism”, a paper at the Conference Orientalism: Framing the Other, the Courtauld Institute, London, April 26, 2008.
·        “Political Figures as Ancient Heroes; Ancient Heroes as Courtesans: The Images of Power in Japanese Prints”. The Symbolic Forms of Representation of Power in Culture, International conference at the Russian State Univ. for the Humanities. June 30, 2008.
·        “Orientalism as an Ur-Phenomenon of Glocalization”, a paper at the International Conference Man, Culture and Society in the Context of Globalization. Moscow, Russian Institute for Cultural Research, October 31, 2008.
·        “Taking responsibility”, Symposium on the Looted Art and Restitution, Berlin, The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, December 11-12, 2008.
·         Symposium zum Thema “Beutekunst.”Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum. Aachen, January 29-31, 2009.
·        “Trophaen—Verluste—Aequivalente: Cultural Values as War Victims”, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Moscow, February 27-28, 2009.
        “The Aura of Alphabet: The Cyrillic ‘Word is Goodness’ vs. Japanese ‘World of Shallow dreams’”, a paper at the ACLA Conference, Harvard University, March 26-29, 2009.
·        “To Look or to Read: The Fate of Art History in the Situation of Absence of Art Objects”, a keynote address at the Conference The Methodology of Art History and Cultural Studies.  April 2-4, 2009, Moscow, Russian Institute for Cultural Research, April 2-4, 2009.
·        “Hokusai Manga: An Art Object or The Ideas for Art?” a paper at the Workshop on The Material Life of Things, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, July 8, 2010.
·        “The Point of No Return? - The Current Situation with the Spoils of War,” a paper at the Conference Museums and Restitution at the University of Manchester, July 8-9, 2010. (Cancelled)
·        “’Second Only to Chiossone’s’: The Kitaev Collection of Japanese Art in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow”, a paper at the 21st Conference of European Assoc. of Japanese Resources Specialists, Genoa, Italy, Sep. 3, 2010.
·        Opening address: Orientalism/Occidentalism: Languages of Culture vs. Languages of Description. International Conference held at the Russian Institute for Cultural Research, Moscow, Sept. 23-25, 2010.
·        “The One Who is Really Lost”, participation in a Conference in Honor of William LaFleur, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 24 September, 2011.
·        “Hokusai Manga: Its Genre and Composition”, an invited lecture, Symposium Hokusai in Context, Berlin, 14 October, 2011.
·        “First Settlers, First Graves: Russian Jews in the Yokohama Foreign Cemetery”, a paper at the Symposium 60 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Israel, Jerusalem Univ., 9 May, 2012.
·        “Russian émigrés in l’Ecole de Paris: Marginalization as Poetics of Avant-garde”, a paper at Symposium on art history, Univ. of Warsaw, 12-13 September, 2012.
·        “Mirrored Images: Reflections on Soviet-Western Reflections in Modernist Children’s Books,” a paper at the European Science Foundation Research Conference on Children's Literature and European Avant-Garde, Norrkoping University (Sweden), 26-29 September, 2012.
·        “Zen Portraits Chinzo: Why do they Look as They do?”, доклад на 15-рй конференции «история и культура Японии», РГГУ, Москва, 11-13 февраля, 2012.
·        “Hokusai Manga: Between Tradition and Modernity,” a paper at the Symposium on Japanese Culture, Bucharest University, Bucharest, Romania, 2 March, 2013.
·        “In the Eye of the Beholder: Ugliness, Beauty and Exoticism in the Orientalist Quest for Otherness”, a paper at the Conference 19th-Century Aetiologies, Exoticism, and Multimodal Aesthetics, University of Liverpool, 2 April, 2013.
·        «Семиотика кентавра», доклад на международной конференции «Поэтический фактор в культуре. Синкретические традиции и инновации». Международный университет в Москве, 17-18 апреля 2013.
·        “Hokusai Manga as the Consummation of the Sino-Japanese Tradition of Picture Books”, a paper at the workshop on Edo culture, Jerusalem Univ., 26-30 May, 2013.
·        Участие в круглых столах междунарожной конференции (формат не предусматривал чтение докладов) «Политология – экономическая теория  – культурология: новые водоразделы и перспективы взаимодействия», 13–15 июня 2013 г. в Фестивальном Центре Госфильмофонда (Белые Столбы, Московская область).
·        “Japanese Art from Berlin Collections Kept in Russia: Locations, Documentation, and Problems of Access”, a paper at the Preservation and Transmission of the Japanese Cultural Legacy in Europe, the 24th Conference of European Association of Japanese resource Specialists (EAJRS), 18-21 September, 2013, INALCO, Paris.
·        “Collections Displaced as a Result of the WWII: The History and the Current State of the Problem,” a paper at the 1st EAJS (European Association of Japanese Studies) Japan Conference, 28-29 September, 2013, Kyoto University.

  • Keynote: “West—East, Inseparable Twain: Remixed and Revisited,”  International Conference Traditions & Transformations in the East: New Modalities in Asian Studies, 21-22 April, 2014, Nat. Research Univ. ‘Higher School od Economics’.

  • Keynote: “Orientalism as the Ur-Phenomenon of Modernity and Globalization,” Conference ‘Philosophy. Language. Culture,’ 28-29 April, 2014, Nat. Research Univ. ‘Higher School od Economics’.

Invited Lectures (selected)

·        “The Influence of Russian culture in Modern Japan”. Sophia Univ., Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 1995.
·        “The Image of Japan in the Late Soviet Mind”. Institute for International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University, Yokohama, Japan. 1997 March.
·        “Ukiyo-e: Japanese Prints and Western Myths”. New York Studio School, New York, April 4, 2001.
·        “Avant-garde Utopia in Disguise of Fairy Tales: Soviet Children’s Books of 1920s”, Bibliotheque l’Heure Joyeuse (Research library of Children books), Paris, Jan. 25, 2002.
·        “New Sacral Space,” an opening address at the exhibition of Russian art “Neuer sacraler Raum” at Kunstbrucke Ost-Europa Galerie in Berlin, Germany. May 18, 2004.
·        “Homo Iaponicus: Between Nothing and All”. Inst. of Philosophy, Rus. Academy of Sciences. Nov. 16, 2005.
·        “Early Soviet Children’s Books: Witnesses of the Revolution”. University of Manchester, Dec. 7, 2005.
·        “Calligraphy in Spirit” (a lecture on contemporary Russian abstract calligraphy). The Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, March 30, 2006.
·        “Impressed by the Floating World: Japanese Prints and French Impressionists,” a public lecture at the Salmagundi Art Club, New York, November 21, 2006.
·        “The Psychology of Languageless-ness: On the Phenomenon of Abstract Calligraphy”. Research Seminar, Faculty of Psychology, Moscow State Univ., Jan. 25, 2007.
·        “Painted Westernization: How deep the reforms went”. Guest lecture in the collectively taught course ‘Petersburg: History, Text, Myth’”. Univ. of Manchester. Feb. 27, 2007.
·        “Sergei Kitaev and Collecting Japanese Art in Russia”. Dept. of Art & Archaeology, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, March 9, 2007. 
·        “From Surimono to Senshafuda with a Short Hokusai Stop: New Findings in Ukiyo-e in Moscow”, a lecture at the Japan Research Centre Seminar, SOAS, London. January 30, 2008.
·        “Uncatalogued, Unmarked, and of Unknown Provenance: Displaced Art in Russia and the Unresolved Consequences of WWII”, a guest lecture at the Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich. Feb. 20, 2008.
·        “Victory Over the Sun as the First Call for an Eclipse”, a guest lecture at the Courtauld Institute, London, March 13, 2008.
·        “Lost and Found (Almost): Japanese Prints in Russian Collections”, the Third Thursday Lecture, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts, Norwich, July 17, 2008.
·        “Russian Artists in Paris in the Early Twentieth Century: The Politics of Estrangement and the Creation of the Avant-garde”, a guest presentation (in a form of a discussion with Prof. John Milner) at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, October 23, 2008.
·        “Forgotten Spoils: The Oriental Collections of Berlin Museums in Russia”, a lecture at the Museum fur Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, March 5, 2009.
·        “Forgotten Spoils: The Postwar Fate of the Berlin Collections of Asian Art”, a guest lecture, Heidelberg University, November 19, 2009.
·        “Hidden Dragons, Secret Weapons and Smiling Buddhas: The Lost Moscow Museum of the World Art”, the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, April 29, 2010.
·        “Hokusai Manga: Its Genre and Composition”, an invited lecture, Symposium Hokusai in Context, Berlin, 14 October, 2011.
·         “Hokusai Manga: The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Japanese Life,” a lecture at the Japan Foundation, Moscow office, 8 November, 2011.
·         “Hokusai Manga and the Creative Patterns in Traditional Japan,” a lecture, Moscow State University, Moscow, November 24, 2011.
·        “Hokusai Manga: Its Genre and Composition”, a guest lecture, Truman Institute for Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 27 February, 2012.
·        “Surimono: Pictures for the Inner Circle and the Culture of Allusion in Japanese prints,” a lecture at the Japan Foundation, Moscow office, 24 April, 2012.
·        “East, West, and the Place of Oriental Studies in the Globalizing World,” a seminar lecture at the National Research university, Moscow, November, 14, 2012.
·        “Woodblock Prints Ukiyo-e: The Phenomenon of Growth,” a lecture at The Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, Moscow, November, 20, 2012.
·        “Hokusai Manga: The Principles of Compilation,” a seminar lecture at the Japan Research Centre, SOAS, London, November 28, 2012. 
.        Lecture on Ikkyū Sōjun, the book launch for Zen Life: Ikkyū and Beyond at The Anglo-Japan Daiwa Foundation, 13 May, 2014, London.


TV & Video Lectures



1. "Japanese Art: The World of Unstable Harmony". 2 lectures in the program "Academia", Channel Kultura, Central Russian TV, 11-12 и 18-19 October, 2010.




2. "Hokusai Manga: The Encyclopedia of Old Japanese Life in Pictures", 2 lectures in the program "Academia", Channel Kultura, Central Russian TV, 3-4 and 10-11 October 2012  
 http://www.tvkultura.ru/issue.html?id=126961   http://www.tvkultura.ru/issue.html?id=126987

3. "Victory Over the Sun: One Hundred Years of Russian Futurism", 2 lectures in the program "Academia", Channel Kultura, Central Russian TV, 23-24 September 2013



lectures in the program "Academia", Channel Kultura, Central Russian TV.

5. "Orientalism as the Ur-Phenomenn as Globalization". Key-note at the Conference "Philosophy. Language. Culture", HSE, 28 April, 2014.
4. "Zen-Life: Ikkyu and Beyond". A talk at the book launch published by Cambridge Scholars Press (2014). Daiwa Anglo-Japan Foundation, 13 May, 2014. London.
http://www.dajf.org.uk/event/zen-life-ikkyu-and-beyond (Audio recording)

6. К столетию "Черного квадрата"  Малевича". - ТВ Канал "Культура". - http://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/20918/episode_id/1260342/video_id/1422731/viewtype/picture/



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HSE Hosts Conference for Junior Japan Experts

The sixth ‘New View’ conference for junior Japan experts has come to an end. The conference was organized by HSE’s School of Asian Studies together with the Japanese culture division of the Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature (Japan Foundation) and the Association of Japanese Studies.