Eiko’s DPhil research examines the life and work of the transnational Japanese naturalist and polymath Minakata Kumagusu (1867-1941). Her primary interest lies in the intellectual history of subjectivity and ecological nature that defied the established convention of divides among nations, class, gender, and academic disciplines. In effect, she investigates the relevance of such histories to the practice of knowledge today, particularly in placing ecological concerns at the core of Humanities research and education.
As a way to experiment the possibility, she co-organised the international PG and ECR symposium “Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice: Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities” at St Antony’s College, Oxford in 2017 and co-founded the Environmental History Network with the Centre for Global History, University of Oxford. She is also an associate to the East Asia research at the Anthropocene Curriculum, a transdisciplinary experiment on new forms of higher education, developed by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin.
Recent publications include and not limited to: “’Planetary’ Knowledge? Moving Beyond Internationalism” in 5: Designing Media Ecology: The Anthropocene and Our Post-natural Future (Tokyo, 2016) and “On Atomic Subjectivity” in The Nuclear Culture Source Book (London, 2016). The research has been supported by the Toshiba International Foundation, the Japan Foundation and the Endowment Committee, GB Sasakawa, and Oxford Sasakawa, among many others.
Prior to DPhil, Eiko worked as a curator and writer of contemporary art and ideas, specialising in collaborative projects of art, science, and technologies in the context of Anglo-Asian historical relations, through a fellowship awarded by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs (2013-2016).