Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken),
Kyoto, Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Hayama, Japan.
Shigemi Inaga, Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto, as well former Dean of the School of Cultural and Social Studies, Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai). Born in 1957, Shigemi Inaga grew up in the city of Hiroshima. Graduating from the Master course of Comparative Literature and Culture in the University of Tokyo (Komaba Campus), he obtained a Ph.D. at l’Université Paris VII in 1988. Assistant at the Department of Liberal Arts (1988-1990), he served as Associate Professor at Mie University (1990-1997), before being appointed to his current position in 1997 and obtaining full professorship in 2004. His main publications include La Crépuscule de la peinture, Lutte posthume d’Édouard Manet (1997), The Orient of the Painting, from Orientalism to Japonisme (1999), The Painting on the Edge, Studies in Trans-national Asian Modernities (2013). Academic proceedings he has edited include Crossing Cultural Borders (1999), Traditional Japanese Arts and Crafts in the 21st Century (2005), Questioning Oriental Aesthetics and Thinking (2010). Professor Inaga is also co-editor of Vocabulaire de la spatialité japonaise (2013) and recipient of the Suntory Academic Award, Shibusawa-Claudel Prize, Ringa Award for the Promotion of Art Studies (all in 1997) as well as the Watsuji Tetsuro Culture Prize (2001).