Ewa Machotka

Ewa Machotka

Associate professor, docent

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Works at Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies
Telephone 08-16 32 62
Visiting address Kräftriket 4
Room 207
Postal address Japanska 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a Docent/Associate Professor in Arts and Visual Culture of Japan at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies of the Stockholm University. I am an art historian specializing in Japan and East Asia with a transnational education and career (including Poland, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway) in museums and academic institutions. I am also an elected member of the Young Academy of Sweden (elected in 2019). And I serve as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences's International  Committee (Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien, Kommittén för internationella frågor).


  • 2008    Ph.D., History of Art, Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan 
  • 2002    M.A., Japan Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • 1998    M.A., History of Art, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland


  • 2017 -           Associate Professor/Docent (tenured), Arts and Visual Culture of Japan, Dept. of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • 2011-2017     University Lecturer (tenured), Art and Visual Studies of Japan, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 2011-2008     Guest Curator, Museum of Japanese Art and Technology (Krakow); Museum of Cultural History(Oslo); Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (Stockholm)
  • 1999-2008     Curator, Dept. of Far Eastern Art, National Museum in Krakow, Krakow, Poland


My teaching encompasses the following subjects: the arts and visual culture of Japan across genres and periods; early modern print culture and poetry pictorialization; environmental art history; contemporary socially engaged artictic practices; art and gender; art theory, methodologies of art history etc. I am also the Director of the MA Asian Studies Programme at our Department. And I am one of the three Coordinators of the SU Doctoral School in the Humanities's Theme "Digital Humanities: From Methods to Knowledge".


As an art historian, I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches that intersect visual arts and social and environmental history. Currently my main research projects explore interdisciplinary approaches that intersect visual arts and environmental history, and focus on the role of art as agent of social-ecological change. I am also interested in the applications of digital technologies to the study of cultural artifacts and historical processes; and the potential transformative effects that computational methodologies hold for the discipline of art history in general.


Monographs and edited volumes

  • 2009    Hokusai`s Hyakunin isshu: Visual Genesis of Japanese National Identity. Brussels: P.I.E-Peter Lang. (peer-reviewed monograph) 
  • 2016    Too Pretty to Throw Away: Packaging Design from Japan, by Ewa Machotka and Katarzyna Cwiertka. Krakow: Museum of Japanese Art and Technology. (book) [Open Access]
  • 2018    Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan: A Transdisciplinary Perspective, co-edited by Ewa Machotka and Katarzyna Cwiertka. Amsterdam University Press. (peer-reviewed edited volume) [Open Access]
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Machotka E_Visual Genesis of Japanese National Identity
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Machotka § Cwiertka_Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan_Cover













Grants & Awards (selection)

  • The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, 2020-21
  • The Board of Human Sciences, Stockholm University, 2019-20
  • The Bolin Center for Climate Research, 2018/2019
  • The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, 2018
  • The Leiden Asia Center, 2013-15
  • The DNP Foundation for Cultural Promotion, 2014-2015
  • The College Women's Association of Japan, 2009-2011
  • The Mitsubishi Foundation, 2006-2007
  • The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, 2006-2007
  • College Women’s Association of Japan, 2006-2007
  • The Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, 2004-2005
  • The Japan Arts Foundation, 2003-2004
  • The Japanese Ministry of Education, 2002-2006
  • The Kyoto Art Center, 2002
  • The Toshiba International Foundation, 2001-2002

Last updated: August 7, 2020

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