Philip Charrier

Associate Professor and Head of the Dept. of History & Honours Student Advisor

Office: AH 410.1
Phone: 306-585-4215
Fax: 306-585-4827

Research interests
Contemporary Japanese history; visual culture; processes of modernization and development in Asia.

Faculty Profile

Philip Charrier:  Associate Professor, B.J. Honours (Carleton), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Cambridge).

Short Bio

Dr. Charrier specializes in processes of modernization and development in Asia, with particular focus upon visual culture in twentieth century Japan. His research addresses the tensions between artistic and documentary modes of photographic and cinematic expression, individual creativity and the broader influence of socio-cultural context, intention and reception, subjectivism and anti-subjectivism, and ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ cultural historical constructs (especially with reference to cultural borrowing).


Dr Charrier has published widely in the areas of photography studies and visual culture. His current research explores Japanese photographic representations of ‘Japaneseness’ at the geographical and cultural extremities of the nation body, with particular focus upon the photography of Fuchikami Hakuyō, Yasui Nakaj: and Tōmatsu Shōmei.

Courses Taught

HIST 250:  Modern Dragons: Revolutionary China and Japan
HIST 255:  Japan of the Samurai
HIST 256:  Modern Japan
HIST 352:  Shanghai and Tokyo
HIST 356:  The Japanese Empire in China, Korea and Taiwan: 1895-1945
HIST 390 AQ: Memory and Place in Asia: Sites of Commemoration, Spirituality and Meaning
HIST 450:  Modernity in Asia
ASIA 396:  Hands on China (Study Abroad Course)
IS 300 AD:  Changing China: Modernity & Ethnicity in Metropolis and Hinterland (Study Abroad Course)

Recent Publications

2017. Nakahira Takuma’s ‘Why an Illustrated Botanical Dictionary?’ (1973) and the Quest for ‘True’ Photographic Realism in Post-War Japan, Japan Forum, published online 14 September.

2017. Taki Kōji, Provoke, and the Structuralist Turn in Japanese Image Theory, 1967-70, History of Photography 41(1): 25-43.

2014. Fuchikami Hakuyō and the ‘Manchukuo Pastoral’ in Japanese Art Photography, Japanese Studies 34(2): 169-92.

Awards and Distinctions

Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)