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Art and Gender in an Age of Revolution. A lecture by Simon Partner, Professor of History, Duke University

March 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The talk will be based on the life of Kawai Koume, an artist and housewife in a bushi family in Kishūdomain who kept a diary from the 1830s till the 1880s. Koume’s diary offers a window into life in a scholarly middle-class family before and after the Meiji Restoration. The talk will focus on the social economy of Koume’s artistic production – who she painted for, what rewards she got, and how the transformations of Japan’s society and economy following the Meiji Restoration affected her work.


Discussant Gennifer Weisenfeld, Professor, Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke

All events this semester will be held via Zoom

For access, contact kktroost (at)


March 18, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm