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 Japanese Language and Culture 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) in Japanese Language and Culture (specialization: Art History), 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
  • 2008-2011     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 Directors 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 art/material culture and social and environmental history. In the past I studied text-image relationships in early modern Japanese visual culture, history of the East-West relations, Japonisme and Orientalism. My current research projects engage with an anthropological theory of visual art, and focus on contemporary socially engaged artistic practices and ecological art. 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: January 11, 2021

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