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Evgeny Semyonovich Steiner

  • Evgeny Semyonovich 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

    Degree
    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.

1993 Post-doctoral studies in Art History
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Humanities

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

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.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2016, 2015, 2013

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2017/2018)

Courses (2013/2014)

Courses (2012/2013)

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

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. Jan. 30, 2008.
  • “Uncatalogued, Unmarked, and of Unknown Provenance: Displaced Art in Russia and the Unresolved Consequences of WWII”, a guest lecture at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. February 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.
  • “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.
  • “Zen Mind: Where does Meditation and Other Exertion of One’s Consciousness Lead,” a lecture at the Methodological Seminar on Oriental Studies, The School of Asian Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics. Moscow, 24 March, 2015.
  • “Unending Ripples from The Big Wave: Japonisme and Russian Art Nouveau,” a lecture at the Ryabushinsky mansion (The Gorky Memorial Museum, part of The Institute of World Literature, The Academy of Sciences), 16 May, 2015, Moscow.
  • “Like the dog in the manger: Berlin Ost-Asiatica in the Russian Cellars”, a lecture at the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, 3 November, 2015.
  • Lecture on Ikkyū Sōjun, the book launch for Zen Life: Ikkyū and Beyond at The Anglo-Japan Daiwa Foundation, 13 May, 2014, London.

Editorial board membership

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

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

Publications

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

Books10

Articles and book chapters39

Edited3

Translations6

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.
  • “Where Word and Image Meet: the Black Square,” a paper delivered at the 3d International Congress on Word & Image Studies, Ottawa, Canada. August, 1993.
  • 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. 
  • “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. 
  • “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.
  • “’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 Sixty Years of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Israel, Jerusalem University, 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.
  • “The Mirrored Images: Reflections on the Soviet-Western Reflections in the 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 Chinzō: Why do They Look as They do?” // Доклад на конференции "история и культура Японии", РГГУ, февраль 2013.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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, 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.
  • "Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art", a symposium in the British Museum, 3-4 October, London.
  • 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’.
  • “Between Glorification and Discontent: Vereshchagin’s Orientalism,” a paper at the 103d College Art Association Conference, 11-14 February, 2015, New York.
  • “Hokusai, Bumpo and Mochi,” a paper at the 17th International Conference History & Culture of Japan, Russian State Univ. for the Humanities. 16-18 Feb., 2015, Moscow.
  • “Love’s Labor Lost, or the Russian Way from Japanophiles to Japanophobes,”a paper at the IX ICCEES, 3-8 August 2015, Makuhari, Japan.
  • Lecture on Ikkyū Sōjun, the book launch for Zen Life: Ikkyū and Beyond at The Anglo-Japan Daiwa Foundation, 13 May, 2014, London.
  • “Zen Mind: Where does Meditation and Other Exertion of One’s Consciousness Lead,” a lecture at the Methodological Seminar on Oriental Studies, The School of Asian Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics. Moscow, 24 March, 2015.
  • “Unending Ripples from The Big Wave: Japonisme and Russian Art Nouveau,” a lecture at the Ryabushinsky mansion (The Gorky Memorial Museum, part of The Institute of World Literature, The Academy of Sciences), 16 May, 2015, Moscow.
  • “Like the dog in the manger: Berlin Ost-Asiatica in the Russian Cellars”, a lecture at the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, 3 November, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHeR2TMeIxw
  • “Artist’s Whims and stellar Mist: The Iconographic Ambiguities in Hokusai Manga,” a paper at the Conference “Multifaceted Divinities in Japan and Beyond.” Jerusalem & Tel-Aviv Uni. 29-31 May 2016
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  • "Hokusai Manga" and the Phenomenon of Japanese Picture-Books". A lecture at the Seminar for Methodology of Art History Studies, Hebrew Unv. of Jerusalem. 30 November, 2016.

Employment history

2012—current  HSE University
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

Membership in Professional Organizations

1990—current: Union of Artists, Moscow

1992—1994 Society for Japanese Art. Amsterdam

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 U., 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). 

2008—наст. International Chamber of Russian Modernism (InCoRM), Paris


1. "Японское искусство: мир зыбкой гармонии", 2 лекции в программе "Академия", канал Культура, 11-12 и 18-19 октября 2010.

http://www.tvkultura.ru/theme.html?id=31282&cid=11846 

http://www.tvkultura.ru/news.html?id=488770&tid=31282&cid=11846

2. "Манга Хокусая: экциклопедия японской жизни в картинках", 2 лекции в программе "Академия", канал Культура, 3-4 и 10-11 октября 2012.

http://www.tvkultura.ru/issue.html?id=126961

http://www.tvkultura.ru/issue.html?id=126987

3. "Победа над солнцем": сто лет русского футуризма", 2 лекции в прорамме "Академия", канал "Культура", октябрь 2013

http://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/20898/video_id/622656

http://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/20898/video_id/622661/viewtype/picture

4. "Визуальное в японской культуре: Случай Хокусая". ВШЭб 12 фев. 2014. 73 минуты. http://www.hse.ru/video/115270241.html

5. "Ориентализм как ур-феномен глобализма и современностии". Лекция на конференции "Философия. Язык. Культура". ВШЭ, 28 апреля 2014. 41 мин.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDmq3BGO8KA&list=PLLNJWSSHSJr-pC1sZBWLAr0BHwZpiXIXe

6. "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)

7. Передача о японской поэзии на радио "Маяк". 31 июля 2015. 45 мин. http://radiomayak.ru/videos/video/id/1246238/

8. Дискуссия о "Черном квадрате" Малевича. - ТВ Канал "Культура". 22 декабря 2015. 55 мин.

Timetable for today

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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.