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Patricia FISTER

Patricia FISTER

  • Specialized Field(s)
    Japanese art history
  • Current Research Themes
    For the past two decades I have been involved in researching the art, history, and culture connected with Japan’s imperial convents (located mainly in Kyoto and Nara) known today as amamonzeki or nimonzeki. In earlier centuries, elite tonsured women and the special convents in which they resided were commonly referred to as bikuni gosho (nuns’ palaces). Only fourteen of those temples originally designated as bikuni gosho remain today.
  • Keywords for Research
    Imperial convents, Buddhist nun artists, Japanese women artists
Education
  • 1975
    B.A., University of Akron
  • 1979
    M.A., University of Kansas
  • 1983
    Ph.D., University of Kansas
Professional Experience
  • 1983
    Curator of Japanese Art, New Orleans Museum of Art
  • 1984
    Spencer Museum of Art , University of Kansas, Assistant Professor and Curator of Oriental Art
  • 1991
    Research Associate, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
  • 1995
    Visiting Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
  • 1998
    Associate Professor, Hakuho Women's College
  • 2001
    Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
  • 2007
    Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Current Research Themes (Movie)
Achievements
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Co-authored Books
  • A Hidden Heritage: Treasures of the Japanese Imperial Convents, The Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo, 2009
Articles
  • “Creating Art in Japan's Imperial Buddhist Convents: Devotional Practice and Cultural Pastime,” Women, Gender and Art in Asia, c. 1500-1900, Routledge, London, 2016, pp.147-171
  • “Sanmi no Tsubone: Ashikaga Wife, Imperial Consort, Buddhist Laynun and Patron,” Japan Review 23, 2011
  • 「比丘尼御所の世界 ―二人の近世皇女の信仰と文化活動」 『江戸の人の身分4 身分のなかの女性』、吉川弘文館、東京、2010年
  • (“Bikuni gosho no sekai: Futari no kinsei kōjo no shinkō to bunka katsudo,” Edo no hito to mibun 4, Mibun no naka no josei , Yoshikawa Kōbunkan, 2010)
  • 「蕪村の継承 横井金谷、横地三丘」 『楳亭・金谷—近江蕪村と呼ばれた画家—』、大津市歴史博物館、2008年
  • (“Buson no keishō: Yokoi Kinkoku, Yokochi Sankyū [Buson’s Successors: Yokoi Kinkoku and Yokochi Sankyū],” Baitei/Kinkoku: Ōmi Buson to yobareta gaka , Ōtsu City Museum of History, 2008)
  • “Merōfu Kannon and Her Veneration in Zen and Imperial Circles in Seventeenth-Century Japan,” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 34:2, 2007
  • 「馬郎婦の尊格化と近世日本の禅宗界および皇族間の馬郎婦信仰」 『仏教美術と歴史文化』、法藏館、京都、2005年
  • (“Merōfu no sonkakuka to kinsei Nihon no zenshūkai oyobi kōzokukan no Merōfu shinkō,” Manabe Shunshō hakushi kanreki kinenshū: Bukkyō bijutsu to rekishi bunka, Hōzōkan, Kyoto, 2005)
Academic Society Membership
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • College Art Association
  • Japan Art History Society