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Melanie Trede, Prof. Dr.

Melanie Trede, Prof. Dr.

Position

  • Principal Investigator, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"
  • Deputy Speaker, Research Area B
  • Project leader within MC 4, co-coordinator of Net 1, “Arts and the Transcultural”

Contact information

Institute of East Asian Art History
Heidelberg University
Seminarstraße 4
69117 Heidelberg
Germany

Email:
trede@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Phone:
+49 (0) 6221 54 3969
Fax:
+49 (0) 6221 54 3384

About Melanie Trede

Melanie Trede is professor for the histories of Japanese art at Heidelberg University since 2004. She taught at Columbia University (1999) and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (1999 – 2004) after she had received her PhD at Heidelberg University (1999) and completed BA and MA studies at the Free University, Berlin, Waseda and Gakushuin Universities, Tokyo, and Heidelberg University.


Trede was a research fellow at Gakushuin University in Tokyo (2003), a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin (2007/08), the Toyota Visiting Professor at the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2011/12), and a fellow at the Marsilius-Kolleg, Heidelberg University (2013/14). She is deputy speaker of the research area ‘public spheres’ and a principal investigator at the cluster of excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” since 2007, and is head of a project within the collaborative research center (SFB 933) “Material Text Cultures” since 2011, both at Heidelberg University.
Her research and publication interests include histories of art in Japan, pictorial narratives, gender issues and art history, collecting histories, art historiographies and terminologies.


Apart from numerous articles, book chapters, reviews, and entries in exhibition catalogues, she is the author of Image, Text and Audience: The Taishokan Narrative in Visual Representations of the Early Modern Period in Japan (2003), Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (2007/2010) and the editor of two exhibition catalogues related to Japanese art (Arts of Japan: The John C. Weber Collection; Kunst aus Japan: Die John C. Weber Sammlung, New York, Berlin: Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2006) and East Asian contemporary art (Becoming Intense, Becoming Animal, Becoming…, co-edited with Martina Köppel-Yang, Heidelberg: Kehrer Publishers, 2009).


Her current book project addresses the aesthetic, material, and political history of the Hachiman legend from the fourteenth through the twentieth centuries. Her cluster project focuses on the material, textual and conceptual “framings” of paintings and objects in transcultural exchange processes. Another project takes up the strategies of mutual art exhibitions between Japan and Germany during the 1930s and 1940s, and their ideological as well as cultural and political impact.

Projects

Curriculum vitae

Education


July 1999             
PhD dissertation award “summa cum laude”,Heidelberg University.

January 1999            

Completion of PhD dissertation, Heidelberg University, “Image, Text and Audience: The Taishokan story in Visual Representations of the Early Modern Period. Studies of Pictorial Narrative in Japan,” advisor: Prof. Lothar Ledderose, external reader: Prof. Burglind Jungmann

June 1994 - October 1996    
Gakushûin University, Tokyo
Postgraduate Studies in the History of Japanese Art

April 1989 - May 1994
Heidelberg University, Germany
Major: History of East Asian Art (M.A.), Advisors: Profs. Lothar
Ledderose, Dpros Croissant

March 1988 - March 1989        
Waseda University, Tokyo
Major: Japanese Language

April 1984 - February 1988    
Free University Berlin, Germany
Major: History of European Art, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies (B.A.)


Professional Experience


April 2013 – July 2014        
Fellow, Marsilius-Kolleg, Heidelberg University

September 2011 – May 2012    
Toyota Visiting Professor, Center for Japanese,
Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

October 2007 – July 2008    
Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin
(Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)

since April 2004        
Professor, Institute of East Asian Art History, Centre for East
Asian Studies, Heidelberg University

January – July 2003        
Visiting Research Fellow,
Gakushūin University, Faculty of Letters, Tokyo

September 1999 - January 2004    
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Specialty: History of Japanese Art

January 1999 - June 1999    
Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Art History, Department of Art History andArchaeology, Columbia University, New York.

November 1996-December 1998    
Assistant Professor, Institute of East Asian Art History, Department of Art History, Heidelberg University.

October 1991-September 1993     
Member of research and editorial staff of the exhi- bition and catalogue Japan and Europe 1543- 1929
(exhibition: Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Fall 1993), Berlin Festival / Institute of East Asian Art History, University of Heidelberg.

Selected publications

Monographs

 

 

Devotion, Politics, and the Materiality of Illuminated Handscrolls in Japan: Visualizations of the Hachiman Legend in History (working title)

Hiroshige. One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, [with Lorenz Bichler], Cologne, New York: Taschen, 2007 (XXL series). Republished in a smaller edition by Taschen, 2010.

Image, Text and Audience. The Taishokan Narrative in Visual Representations of the Early Modern Period in Japan, Hamburg: Peter Lang 2003.

Edited Books

 

 

Shifting Paradigms in East Asian Visual Culture: A Festschrift in Honour of Lothar Ledderose. Co-editor with Burglind Jungmann and Adele Schlombs, Berlin: Reimer Publishers, 2012.

Historicizing the "Beyond": The Mongolian Invasion as a New Dimension of Violence? (Heidelberg Transcultural Studies 1), general editor with Stefan Weinfurter and Susanne Enderwitz; edited by Frank Krämer, Katharina Schmidt and Julika Singer, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2011.

Becoming Intense, Becoming Animal, Becoming…, exhibition catalogue, co-editor with Martina Köppel-Yang, Heidelberg: Kehrer Publishers, 2009.

Arts of Japan. The John C. Weber Collection, Berlin: Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst und Staatliche Museen zu Berlin 2006 (separate editions in English and German).

Articles

 

 

“Materialität, Vergänglichkeit und das Rituelle Japanischer Querrollen: ein persönlicher

Erlebnis- und Forschungsbericht”, Material Text Culture Blog 2012.9. 9 pp.

URI http://www.materiale-textkulturen.de/mtc_blog/2012_009_Trede.pdf

DOI 10.6105/mtk.mtc_blog.2012.009.Trede
; ISSN 2195-075X

“’Konda sôbyô engi emaki’ no denrai ni okeru ‘chi’ no hen’yô ni tsuite no ichikôsatsu Tracing the changing qualities of “knowledge” in the transmission of the Illuminated handscrolls of the Karmic Origins of the Konda Imperial Tumulus], Ajia yûgaku, special issue “Interprétation des représentations relatives à la diffusion du savoir, edited by Abe Yasurô, Takahashi Tôru, and Itô Nobuhiro, 2011, (Fall, forthcoming).  

“Eikyô gonen Hachiman engi emaki no ‘raifu” to sono ‘afutâraifu”「永享五年八幡縁起絵巻の「ライフ」とその「アフターライフ」」 “The Life and Afterlives of Hachiman Paintings  dated to 1433 CE” [in Japanese], in The Potentialities of Works: To the Point that Japanese Literature Takes Form: 書物としての可能性―日本文学がカタチになるまで―, Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Japanese Literature 第34回国際日本文学研究集会会議録,人間文化研究機構, 国文学研究資料館, Tokyo: Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, 2011 (in press for Spring 2011).

“Eikyô gonen Hachiman engi emaki no ‘shôgai” to sono ‘yosei’” “The Life and Afterlives of Hachiman Paintings (1433 CE)” [in Japanese], in Chûsei kaiga no matorikkusu [The Matrix of Medieval Painting], edited by Sano Midori and Shinkawa Tetsuo, Tokyo: Seikansha, 2010, 220-247.
  

“Vorwort: Körperkunst / Preface: Body Art,” in Becoming Intense, Becoming Animal, Becoming…, 2009, 7-11.

“Banknote Design as a Battlefield of Gender Politics and National Representation in Meiji Japan,” in Performing “Nation”: Gender Politics in Literature, Theater, and the Visual Arts of China and Japan, 1880—1940, edited by Doris Croissant, Catherine Vance Yeh, and Joshua Mostow, Leiden: Brill, 2008, 55-104.

“Lives of the Japanese Picture”, in: Melanie Trede (ed.): Arts of Japan. The John C. Weber Collection, Berlin: Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst und Staatliche Museen zu Berlin 2006,20–27.

“Edo: Images of a city between visual poetry and idealized reality / Edo: Bilder einer Stadt zwischen visueller Poesie und idealisierter Wirklichkeit / Images d’une ville entre poésie visuelle et réalité idéale”, in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Cologne, New York: Taschen, 2007, 7-27.

“Kindai kokka no shôchô toshite no kodai megami. Shihei ni okeru ’Jingû kôgô no hyôshô(Ancient Goddesses as Symbols of the Modern Nation State. The Representation of ‘Empress Jingû’ on Bank Notes)”, in: Kajima bijutsu kenkyû 2006, 327–338.

“Appell an den Kriegsgott: Ikonographische Innovationen im Dienst politischer Rivalität,” in Pfetsch, Frank R., Hg.: Konflikt, Heidelberger Jahrbücher, 2004, 255-277.

“Terminology and Ideology. Coming to Terms with ‘Classicism’ in Japanese Art Historical Writing”, in: Elizabeth Lillehoj (ed.): Critical Perspectives on Classicism in Japanese Painting,1600–1700, Honolulu: Hawaii Press 2003, 21–52.

“Shikaku ni yoru shôri: Nihon kinsei shoki monogatari kaiga ni okeru nitchû kankei no hyôgen to kaiga media no yakuwari (Victory via vision: Representations of “China” and the role of medium in Japanese pictorial narrative of the 17th century)”, in: Nishi Kazuo (ed.): Kenchiki no mawaributai. Jidai to dezain wo kataru (The turning stage of architectural history:a story told by time periods and design), Tokyo: Shôkokusha 1999, 184–212.

"Kerun tôyô bijutsukan shozô <Taishokan'e> no juyô bigakuteki kôsatsu (The 'Taishokan' Paintings in the Cologne Museum of East Asian Art -- A Study in the Theory of Reception Aesthetics)", Bijutsushi 141 (October 1996), 45-63.   

“Das Bild der Fremden. Nanban-Stellschirme und Genremalerei im Westlichen Stil des 16.und 17. Jahrunderts. Begegnungen zweier Kulturen. Nanban-Kunst und Kunstgewerbe and numerous catalogue entries, in: Doris Croissant, Doris and Lothar Ledderose (eds.): Japan und Europa 1543–1929, Berlin: Argon 1993, 235–239, 243–247. 

Further information

CV at the Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University
Publications at the Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University

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