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2016 - AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto Words: 204 words || 
1. Kolodziej, Magdalena. "“Korean Prodigy” - Lee In-sung’s (1912-1950) Artistic Career" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, <Not Available>. 2019-11-22 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Art historians working on the modern period in Japan have predominantly focused on the role of art in the building of the nation-state. This emphasis has led to a one-sided interpretation of Japan’s modern art that does not acknowledge the simultaneous and equally crucial role of art in the making of the Japanese empire. My paper addresses this issue by investigating the movement of artists and artworks within the empire through the network of official fine arts exhibitions. In particular, I focus on the career of painter Lee In-sung (1912-1950) who actively participated in the artistic circles of his hometown Daegu, colonial Seoul, and imperial Tokyo. Throughout the 1930s, newspapers across the empire widely publicized Lee’s numerous awards at the Joseon Fine Arts Exhibition in Seoul and his acceptance to the Imperial Fine Arts Exhibition in Tokyo. I argue that such an intra-imperial career and publicity reflected and contributed to the elusive entity of the empire. Simultaneously, I contend that journalists and Lee In-sung himself engaged in policing ethnic boundaries within the empire. Through this study, I seek to provide a new perspective on modern Japanese art that recognizes both its imperial dimension and the impact of the colonies on the metropolitan art world.

2014 - RSA Annual Meeting Words: 149 words || 
2. Vivalda, Nicolas. "The Monster of Ravenna as a Dual Prodigy: Teratology and Symbolic Representation in Mateo Alemán’s Guzmán de Alfarache" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Hilton New York, <Not Available>. 2019-11-22 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Symbolic speculation surrounding the meaning of the so-called “prodigy of Ravenna” and its peculiar anatomic characteristics fascinated both illustrators and writers during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. While writing his picaresque novel Guzmán de Alfarache, Mateo Alemán explored different anatomical models that derived from the early descriptions of the Ravenna monster, and he eventually became enthralled by the moral and religious implications of its “physiological design.”
In the same sense, I argue that the predominant allegorical structure of the novel (the life of Guzmán as an exemplary redemption) is virtually inaugurated by the author’s rich teratologic characterization of the monster. The purpose of my paper is to trace the rich history of the image while, at the same time, paying close attention to Alemán’s comments, in order to demonstrate that the rhetorical core of the novel is carefully anticipated by his metaphorical use of the monster’s symbolic legacy.

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