May 16, 2011
The Department of History of Art congratulates Kevin Carr on his recent promotion to associate professor with tenure.
Kevin Carr teaches all aspects of the history of Japanese art and archaeology, but his research focuses on the visual cultural of popular religious cults of medieval Japan (especially thirteenth-fifteenth centuries). His work engages issues of visual narrative, hagiography, and the construction of history and national consciousness through art. He has also worked on cultural exchanges between Japan and Europe in the seventeenth century and the nineteenth century, the epistemological foundations of medieval art, and the interpretation of material culture in the absence of textual evidence. His book, Plotting the Prince: Shotoku Cults and the Mapping of Medieval Japanese Buddhism, will be published by the University of Hawai'i Press. His current project focuses on communal identities as manifest in images of temple origin stories (engi-e) in fourteenth-century Japan.