Current Postgraduate Research
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Doctor of Philosophy
The Australian Landscape: A Peculiar Trip-Wire into the Sublime
Lesa-Belle Furhagen’s background includes the study of religion, by way of a Bachelor of Divinity from London University (2006), where her principal focus was on the role of religion in art history. This inspired her to undertake a Master of Arts (Art History & Theory) from Sydney University that she completed in 2010 with merit. Her interest in the sublime and transcendent has continued and converged with her interest in religious art history, in particular the strands that have had an impact on Australian art and artists.
Lesa-Belle’s professional background has also enriched her relationship with Australian contemporary art. She has held senior positions in the Australian theatre and film industries including an administrative position for the Australian National Playwrights Conference (1983), administrative associate at the Theatre Workshop at Sydney University (1984), where she also co-produced a number of independent productions. In the same year she assumed the role of assistant administrator at The Performance Space. In 1985 she worked as publicist and sponsorship coordinator for the Belvoir St Theatre and in 1986 she became the publicist for Film Australia and was instrumental in the revitalization of the national film unit.
In addition Lesa-Belle has over fifteen years experience in the media industry in Australia. She co-founded Front Publishers, which secured the license to publish Rolling Stone in Australia in 1987. She also went on to hold the position of Managing Director of Terraplane Press and Terraplanet Limited from 1990-2000. She is currently a board member of The Blake Society who administers The Blake Prize.
2012. 'A Gaze Turned Upside Down and On Itself'. A One-Day Interdisciplinary Symposium Artworlds, Australian National University
Doctor of Philosophy
Komuro Suiun (1874-1945) and the making of literati painting in modern Japan
2013. 'Consummating the ideal: nanga artists’ travels in China and Korea, 1912-1944', International Japanese Modern Art History Symposium (JAMAHS): New Boundaries in Modern Japanese Art History: Extending Geographical, Temporal and Generic Paradigms, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, London, UK, 19–20 Jun 2013.
2013. 'Ink and the Politics of Memory: Komuro Suiun’s Travel Paintings of China and Korea,' International Convention of Asia Scholars, Macao, PRC, 24–27 June 2013.
2012. '小室翠雲 (1874-1945) と日本における近代南画' [Komuro Suiun (1874–1945) and Literati Painting in Modern Japan], 10th International Workshop on Japanese Art History for Graduate Students (JAWS), Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, 19 August 2012.
2011. 'Raising Subjects: Visualising Children and Childhood in Meiji Japan,' Association for Asian Studies Conference, Honolulu, HI, 2 April 2011.
2009. 'Gender and the Spectacle of Childhood,' International Convention of Asia Scholars, Daejeon, South Korea, 8 August 2009.
2009. 'Ukiyo-e and Shin-hanga,' Community Ambassadors’ Lecture Series, Art Gallery of NSW, Australia, 3 June 2009.
2008. 'Pornography and Propaganda,' Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia, 5 December 2008.
2012. 'Erotic Genji Fantasies,' in: Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints. Edited by Andreas Marks, with essays by Bruce Coats, Michael Emmerich, Susanne Formanek, Sepp Linhart, and Rhiannon Paget. Leiden: Hotei, 2012, pp. 54–67.
'New Literati: Fukuda Kodojin and Early 20th Century Nanga,' TAASA Review 21 (2), June 2012, pp. 12–14.
2011. 'Raising Subjects: Visual Representations of Children and Childhood in Meiji Japan,' New Voices 4 (Japan Foundation), March 2011, pp. 1–31.
2010. 'Kodakara and kamuro,' in: Utamaro: Hymn to Beauty. Edited by Khanh Trinh, with essays and catalogue entries by Alexander Hofmann, Rhiannon Paget, and Khanh Trinh. Sydney: Art Gallery of NSW, 2010, pp. 34–40.
2010. Luminosity in Monochrome: Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy. Written by Rhiannon Paget, edited by Andreas Marks. Hanford: The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture, 2010.
Masters by Research
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