Christina M. Spiker

Christina M. Spiker

Art Historian | Professor | Digital Humanist

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EDUCATION HISTORY

2015

Ph.D. Visual Studies

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

Dissertation: Ainu Fever: Indigenous Representation in a Transnational Visual Economy, 1868-1933

2010

M.A. Visual Studies

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

Qualifying Paper: Creating an Origin, Preserving a Past: Arnold Genthe’s 1908 Ainu Photography

2007

B.A. East Asian Studies w/ Honors, minor in Japanese

URSINUS COLLEGE

Honors Thesis: Carnivals of Abjection in Contemporary Japanese Art: Aida Makoto & Murakami Takashi

WORK HISTORY

2019

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

ST. OLAF COLLEGE

I teach courses in Art History and Asian Studies including Arts of China, Japan, and Korea, in addition to Asia in American Art. I also teach History of World Architecture and History of Photography. Class sizes average 16-30.

2016

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY

A three-year visiting position. I taught courses in Art History including Art History: Ancient through Medieval, Art History: Renaissance through Modern, and Ways of Seeing (Visual Culture). I also taught topics courses on Asian Art, such as Buddhist Art & Architecture and Global Japan: Art, Anime, & Visual Culture. Class sizes average 15-25.

2015

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

ST. OLAF COLLEGE

A one-year visiting position. I taught courses in Art History, Asian Studies, and History including History of Photography, History of World Architecture, Arts of Japan, Modern Japanese Visual Culture, and Japanese Civilization. Class sizes averaged 16-30.

2013

Teaching Assistant and Associate (Instructor of Record)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

Summer instructor and teaching assistant. Taught Buddhist Art & Architecture (25 students) and Godzilla to Hello Kitty: Japanese Popular Culture (60 students). As a TA, taught two discussion sections each quarter across Art History, Film & Media Studies, and Asian American Studies.

LANGUAGES

Japanese

Spanish

German

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PUBLICATIONS

Spiker, Christina M. “The Indigenous Shôjo: Transmedia Representations of Ainu Femininity in Japan’s Samurai Spirits, 1993–2019.” Journal of Anime and Manga Studies 1. Forthcoming 2020.

Spiker, Christina M. “‘Civilized’ Men and ‘Superstitious’ Women: Visualizing the Hokkaido Ainu in Isabella Bird’s Unbeaten Tracks, 1880.” In Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th–20th Centuries, edited by Lara Blanchard and Kristen Chiem, 287-315. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Spiker, Christina M. “At the Limits of Visibility: Noritaka Minami’s Past Won’t Pass (Catalog #52)” in Octopus Journal 5 (2011): 1-4.

Galvin, Kristen and Christina M. Spiker. “The Cost of Precarity: Contingent Academic Labor in the Gig Economy” in Art Journal Open (May 1, 2019).

Galvin, Kristen and Christina M. Spiker. “Generation Wipeout,” part of “Beyond Survival: Public Support of the Arts and Humanities” in Art Journal Open (October 25, 2018).

Spiker, Christina M. “What’s Your Sutori? Interactive Study Guides and Active Note-Taking,” in AHTR Weekly, Art History Teaching Resources (November 17, 2017).

Spiker, Christina M. “Should You Pull?: Gachapon, Risk, and Reward in Mobile Gaming,” in First Person Scholar (September 6, 2017).

Spiker, Christina M. “Navigating Space and Place: Digital Cartography in the Classroom” in AHTR Weekly, Art History Teaching Resources (March 31, 2017).

Takashina, Erika. Sea of Hybridization: In Dispute over Urashima” from The Sea Beyond: Hōsui, Seiki, Tenshin, and the West.Translated by Christina M. Spiker. Review of Japanese Culture and Society 26:1 (2014), 80-103.
Nostalgic Femininity and From Flowers to Warriors: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Archives & Special Collections. Edited by Christina M. Spiker. Exhibition catalogue. Saint Paul, MN: Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, 2019.

PRESENTATIONS

2020

“Irankarapte: An Introduction to Ainu Culture in Japan,” public webinar delivered at the Japan America Society of Minnesota (September 3, 2020).

Golden Kamuy and the Discourse of Ethnic Harmony: Defining a Multi-Ethnic Japan in Anime and Manga,” paper to be delivered on the “Imaginaries in Motion: Early Transnational Photography in and beyond Asia” panel at the 50th Annual Popular Culture Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA (April 15-18, 2020). [Cancelled Due to COVID-19]

“Optical Consistency in Ainu Photography: Tracing Networks of Transnational Reproduction,” paper to be delivered at the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Conference, Boston (March 19-22, 2020). [Cancelled Due to COVID-19]

2019

“The ‘Nakoruru Problem’: The Malleable Ainu Image in Samurai Shodown, 1993-2019,” paper delivered on the “Queered Through the Foreign, Fictional, and Fetishized Body” panel at the Mechademia Conference for Asian Popular Culture, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (September 27-29, 2019).

“Indigenous Modernity in Hokkaido, Japan: The Complexities of Ainu Representation in Photography and Illustration,” invited public lecture delivered at Macalester College (September 19, 2019).

“Nostalgia as Remedy: Modernity and Sentimentality in Japanese Woodblock Prints of the Meiji Era,” public lecture delivered at The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Nostalgic Femininity: Japanese Woodblock Prints from The St. Catherine University Archives & Special Collections (May 13, 2019).

“Comparative Itineraries: A Digital Humanities Approach to Understanding Authenticity in the Exploration of Hokkaido,” paper delivered at the Travel is Life, Travel is Home: Representing Travel and Landscape in Japan Conference, Iowa State University (April 4-6, 2019).

The White Native Body in Asia: Woodcut Engraving and the Creation of Ainu Stereotypes,” paper delivered on the “Coloring Print: Reproducing Race Through Material, Process, and Language” panel sponsored by Association of Print Scholars at the annual College Art Association (CAA) Conference (February 13-16, 2019).

2018

Western Women and the Poetry of Japanese Crepe-Paper Books” (西洋女性とちりめん本の詩について), invited paper delivered at the Japanese Crepe Paper Books and Girl’s Culture Exhibition and Symposium (「ちりめん本と女性の文化」展覧会・シンポジウム), Kanagawa University (神奈川大学), Yokohama, Japan (November 24, 2018).

The Shôjo and the Indigenous Body: Representations of Ainu Woman in Japan’s Samurai Spirits, 1993-2008,” paper delivered on the “The Shôjo Body as Indigenous, Ubiquitous, Balletic and Beautiful” panel at the 67th Annual Midwest Conference for Asian Affairs (MCAA), Metropolitan State University (October 19-20, 2018).

Vaguely Oriental: Engineering Asian Architecture in Fantasy MMORPGs,” paper delivered at the 48th Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Conference, Indianapolis (March 28-31, 2018).

Reproducing Alterity: Photography, Illustration, and the Maintenance of Ainu Stereotypes in Meiji and Taisho Japan,” paper delivered on the “Optics: Race, Religion, and Technology in East Asian Visual Culture, 1868-1949” panel at the American Historical Association (AHA) Conference, Washington D.C. (January 4-7, 2018).

2017

Chun-Li’s Qipao: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Fashion in Capcom’s Street Fighter II,” paper delivered at the 47th Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Conference, San Diego (April 12-15, 2017).

The Texture of Crepe: Western Women and the Connoisseurship of Japanese Crepe Paper Books (chirimen-bon),” paper delivered at the second annual Art Historians of the Twin Cities Symposium, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (April 1, 2017).

Mapping the Northern Frontier: Geo-Spatial Visualization and the Exploration of Indigenous Culture in Japan,” lightning paper delivered at the Global Digital Humanities Symposium, Michigan State University (March 16-17, 2017).

2016

Fighting Stereotypes: Reimagining Gender and Race in Street Fighter II (1991) and Samurai Shodown (1993),” paper delivered at the SGMS/Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Culture, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (September 23-25, 2016).

“Recasting the Indigenous: Virtual Ainu Ambassadors in Japan’s Samurai Spirits, 1993–2008,” paper delivered at the Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, New Media, and Feminism, University of Notre Dame (June 16-18, 2016).

“Touring the Indigenous Village: Kondō Kōichiro’s Ainu Illustrations, 1917,” paper delivered at the first annual Art Historians of the Twin Cities Symposium, St. Catherine University (April 2, 2016).

2014

“Constructing the Indigenous: Nineteenth-Century Circulation and Transformation of the Ainu Image in British and American Print Culture,” paper delivered at the Nineteenth Century Workshop (Theme: Circulation), Rutgers University. (October 2, 2014).

An Itinerary of Hokkaido: Photo Postcards, Tourism, and Erasing the Indigenous Body,” paper delivered at the Eighteenth Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), Sophia University, Tokyo. (June 21, 2014).

2013

Untangling a ‘Hairy’ Encounter: Ainu Representation at the World’s Fair,” invited paper delivered at the Isamu Noguchi & Qi Baishi: And Other Inspiring Encounters In and Beyond Modern Asian Art Symposium, University of Michigan Museum of Art. (May 18, 2013).

Discovering Hokkaido: Postcards, Train Travel, and the Mapping of Tourist Space,” paper delivered at the Nature of Space, Visual Arts Graduate Student Conference, UC San Diego. (March 9, 2013).

2012

Exploring the Real Hokkaido: A.H. Savage Landor’s Travel Illustrations, 1893,” paper delivered at Rethinking the Space and Place of Japan: Japanese Art and Globalizations Conference, UCLA (April 7, 2012).

“’When My Clothes Came to an End I Did Without Them: Going Native in Hokkaido, Japan” Pechakucha paper delivered at the Constructing Worlds: Making and Breaking Order, Visual Studies Graduate Student Conference, UC Irvine (April 5, 2012).

The Ainu Moses: Arnold Genthe’s 1908 Ainu Photography,” paper delivered at the Japan Art History Forum graduate panel, College Arts Association, Los Angeles (February 24, 2012).

2011

Tamoto Kenzō’s Hokkaido: Power in Studio and Documentary Photography,” paper delivered at Center for Asian Studies Graduate Student Forum, UC Irvine (October 27, 2011).

FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, GRANTS

2014-2015 Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship, UC Irvine

2013-2014 Advanced Graduate Research Fellowship, Pacific Rim Research Program, University of California

2013 Spencer Baird Resident Scholar Program, Smithsonian Institution Libraries

2013 Summer Dissertation Fellowship, School of Humanities, UC Irvine

2010 Irvine Museum Summer Fellowship, UC Irvine

2008-2009 UC Regents Fellowship, UC Irvine

2020 Cassling Family Fund Faculty Innovation Award, St. Olaf College

2017-2018 Annual Faculty Award for Research and Creative Work, Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, St. Catherine University

2011-2012 Outstanding Essay in Visual Studies Award, UC Irvine

2011-2012 Robyn Shikiya Memorial Graduate Award, UC Irvine

2010-2011 Chino Kaori Memorial Essay Prize, Japan Art History Forum

2010-2011 Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Art History Award, UC Irvine

2009-2010 Robyn Shikiya Memorial Graduate Award, UC Irvine

2020 Professional Development Grant w/ Rika Ito, Faculty Life Committee, St. Olaf College

2019 Arts & Humanities Creative Project Grant, Academic Professional Development Committee, St. Catherine University

2018-2019 Travel Award, Academic Professional Development Committee, St. Catherine University

2017 Curriculum Development Grant (w/ Gabrielle Filip-Crawford), Academic Professional Development Committee, St. Catherine University

2017 Peter Rollins Travel Grant, Popular Culture Association

2014 Graduate Student Research & Travel Grant, Graduate Division, UC Irvine

2012 Humanities Collective Research Grant, UC Irvine

2011 Center for Asian Studies Research Grant, UC Irvine

2011 International Center for Writing and Translation Travel Grant, UC Irvine

TEACHING

Arts of Korea, Art and Art History/Asian Studies, St. Olaf College (Fall 2020)

Arts of Japan, Art and Art History/Asian Studies, St. Olaf College (Spring 2016; Spring 2020; Summer 2020)

Asia in America, Asian Studies, St. Olaf College (Spring 2020)

Arts of China, Art and Art History/Asian Studies, St. Olaf College (Fall 2019)

Buddhist Art and Architecture, Art and Art History, St. Catherine University (Spring 2018)

Global Japan: Art, Anime and Visual Culture, Art and Art History, St. Catherine University (Spring 2017)

Visual Culture in Modern Japan, Art and Art History, St. Olaf College (Spring 2016)

Godzilla to Hello Kitty: Japanese Popular Culture, Art History/Film & Media Studies, UC Irvine (Summer 2013)

Buddhist Art and Architecture, Art History/Religious Studies, UC Irvine (Summer 2012)

Teaching Assistant, Art History, UC Irvine (2009-2014)

History of Photography, Art and Art History, St. Olaf College (Spring 2016; J-Term 2020; Fall 2020)

World Architecture, Art and Art History, St. Olaf College (Fall 2015; Fall 2019; Fall 2020)

Ways of Seeing, Art and Art History, St. Catherine University (Spring 2019; Fall 2017; Fall 2016)

Introduction to Art History: Ancient to Medieval, Art and Art History, St. Catherine University (Spring 2019; Spring 2018; Spring 2017)

Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to Modern, Art and Art History, St. Catherine University (Fall 2018; Fall 2017; Fall 2016)

All Art is Propaganda: Visual and Scientific Perspectives on Persuasion (Honors Course) w/ Gabrielle Filip-Crawford, Art and Art History / Psychology, St. Catherine University (Fall 2018)

The Reflective Woman: Scholars, Artists, Thinkers and Writers w/ Cecilia Konchar Farr, Hella Cohen, & Monica Rudquist, CORE Curriculum, St. Catherine University (Fall 2018)

Japanese Civilization, History, St. Olaf College (Winter Interim 2016)

Teaching Assistant, Asian American Studies and Film & Media Studies, UC Irvine (2009-2014)

OTHER PROJECTS

Nostalgic Femininity: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the St. Catherine University Archives & Special Collections, curated by Christina M. Spiker, Ph.D, The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (April 13-May 26, 2019).

From Flowers to Warriors: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the St. Catherine University Special Collections & Archives, curated by Christina M. Spiker, Ph.D, with MaryJane Eischen and Nicole Wallin, St. Catherine University Library, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (April 13-May 26, 2019).

Mapping Isabella Bird: Geolocation & Unbeaten Tracks in Japan (1880). Scalar 2, ArcGIS, CARTODB (Ongoing).

Minority Visual Representation in Asia  (w/ undergraduate students Adele Gordon ’20 and Julianne Stewart ’20, St. Olaf College). WordPress, StoryMap JS (2020).

Japanese Woodblock Prints @ St. Kate’s (w/ undergraduate students MaryJane Eischen ’20 and Nicole Wallin ’19, St. Catherine University). Scalar 2, TimelineJS (2018-2019).

Traveling Hokkaido in the Late Nineteenth Century. ArcGIS (2015-2017).

Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre. Sample Digital Assignment. StoryMapJS (2015).

Utagawa Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō. Sample Digital Assignment. StoryMapJS (2015).

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