search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Walter DAVIS

DF (2005)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
University of Alberta
Assistant Professor
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
3-91B Fine Arts Building
Address 2 (optional)
University of Alberta
Zip Code
T6G 2C9
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study: Art History

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: I teach the history and historiography of Chinese and Japanese art in my university's Department of Art and Design and its Department of East Asian Studies. In the latter department I also teach introductory courses on Chinese and Japanese literature. My art historical survey and seminar courses focus upon Chinese painting, prints, and calligraphy; Japanese painting and prints; Buddhist art; modern Chinese and Japanese art and artistic exchange; and modern artistic exchanges between East Asia and the West. My research focuses upon late-imperial Chinese painting and calligraphy, traditionalist art of modern China and Japan, and twentieth-century Chinese and Japanese art and artistic exchange. Web pages of my home departments and related institutes at the University of Alberta: Art and Design: <> East Asian Studies: <> Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research: <> China Institute: <> My faculty pages: <> <>

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: A. I learned it at a university. (The Ohio State University)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 2008
Field: Art History
University: The Ohio State University

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: The Japan Foundation Fellowship enabled me to explore Japanese museums and archives' rich holdings of Chinese art and related materials and helped introduce me to Japanese scholars and their research. My research on Chinese art has thus been greatly improved by a Japanese dimension to which many scholars of China do not have significant access. The fellowship also provided me with firsthand experiences of contemporary Japanese life and many Japanese cultural and historical sites and artifacts. These experiences have greatly enriched my teaching of Japan and prompted me to make Japanese topics a much greater part of my teaching and research than they otherwise would have been.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.