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Travis Seifman

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Early Modern Japan, Ryukyu


Graduate Student

Office: HSSB 3220
Summer 2014 Hours: Weds 2-4

Advisor: Luke Roberts


I am in my second year at UCSB, and study chiefly Japan and the Ryukyu Kingdom (Okinawa) in the 17th-19th centuries. My research focuses on the cultural dimensions of Ryukyuan embassies to Japan, including travel logistics, material culture, ritual performance, and the intersections between the Ryukyuan missions and various aspects of early modern Japanese history. (more...)

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Professional Activities

  • Co-Curator, “Picturing the Ryūkyūs” exhibit, Feb. 2013
    Exhibit at Univ. of Hawaii Art Gallery, co-curated with Prof. J. Szostak.
  • Freelance Translation work, 2008-
    Chiefly texts related to Japanese history and art history, incl. gallery labels, academic presentations, journal articles, etc.
  • Intern, Freer Gallery of Art, Summer 2011
    Edo Period Books Digitization Project
  • Gallery Intern, Japan Society (NYC), 2008-2009
  • Curatorial Intern, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2005-2006
    Worked under Anne Nishimura Morse, curator of Art of Japan