Timon Screech

Timon Screech FBA (born 28 September 1961 in Birmingham) is a professor of the history of art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is a specialist in the art and culture of early modern Japan.

In 1985, Screech received a BA in Oriental Studies (Japanese) at the University of Oxford. In 1991, he completed his PhD in art history at Harvard University. Since graduating from Harvard, he has been at SOAS; and he has also been visiting professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, and guest researcher at Gakushuin University and Waseda University in Tokyo. His main current research project is related to the early history of the English East India Company in Japan (1613–23).

In July 2018 Screech was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[1]

Screech's leisure interests are feliculture, urban gardening in Tokyo and learning Burmese.


In SOAS's Department of Art & Archaeology, Screech is a Professor of the history of art. Professor Screech's particular areas of interest are the history of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the Edo Period; history of science ; and the theory of art history. He was elected to a Chair in the history of art in 2006. Screech has also served as Head of the Department of the History of Art & Archaeology at SOAS and of the School of Arts.

Published work

  • 2011: Obtaining Images: Art Production and Display in Edo Japan [London: Reaktion Books & Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press]
  • 2007: Oranda ga true: Ningen kōryū no edo bijutsushi [The Dutch Are Passing: Edo art and the exchange of persons]. Tokyo: [University of Tokyo Press].
  • 2006: Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779–1822. London: RoutledgeCurzon. ISBN 978-0-203-09985-8; OCLC 65177072
  • 2006: Edo no igirisu netsu [Britain in the Edo Period]. Tokyo: Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-258352-6
  • 2005: "Pictures, the Most Part Bawdy: The Anglo-Japanese Painting Trade in the Early 1600s", Art Bulletin. Vol. 87, No. 1, pp. 50–72.
  • 2005: "Introduction", Japan Extolled and Decried: Park Oeter Thunberg and the Shogun's Realm. London: RoutledgeCurzon.
  • 2005: Japan Extolled and Decried: Carl Peter Thunberg and Japan. London: RoutledgeCurzon. ISBN 978-0-7007-1719-4 (cloth); ISBN 978-0-203-02035-7 (electronic)
  • 2003: Sex and Consumerism in Edo Japan. In: Consuming Bodies: Sex and Consumerism in Japanese Contemporary Art. London: Reaktion Books.
  • 2002: "Dressing Samuel Pepys: Japanese Garments and International Diplomacy in the Edo Period", Orientations. Vol. 2, pp. 50–57.
  • 2002: "Erotyczne obrazy japonskie 1700–1820". Universitas Kraków. ISBN 1-86189-030-3
  • 2002: "The Edo Pleasure Districts as 'Pornotopia'", Orientations, Vol. 2, pp. 36–42.
  • 2001:"The Birth of the Anatomical Body", Births and Rebirths in Japanese Art. Leiden: Hotei Press.
  • 2001: "The visual legacy of Dodonaeus in botanical and Human Categorisation", Dodonaeus in Japan: Translation and the Scientific Mind in Tokugawa Japan. Leuven: Leuven University Press.
  • 2000: The Shogun's Painted Culture: Fear and Creativity in the Japanese States, 1760–1829. London: Reaktion Books. (London). ISBN 1-86189-064-8.
  • 1998: Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Imagery in Japan, 1720–1810. London: Reaktion Books. ISBN 1-86189-030-3.
  • 1997: Edo no karada o hiraku [Opening the Edo Body]. Tokyo: Sakuhinsha. ISBN 4-87893-753-X.
  • 1996: The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-46106-5.

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