Full name: Hannah Sigur
Quoting name: Sigur, Hannah
Professional Category/Position: Affiliate Researcher
Position(s) within IHA: SC Member | RG Member [Pre-Modern Visual and Material Cultures]
From 2002-2017 Hannah Lubman Sigur taught at universities in the San Francisco Bay Area in the USA. From 1978 – 1982, and 1994-1995, she resided in East and Southeast Asia. Now a resident of Lisbon, she is affiliated with the Departamento da História de Arte, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Her initial concentration on the traditional arts of Japan and East Asia evolved into a profound interest in the material culture of internationalism and cross-cultural exchange principally of Meiji Japan with the United States and Europe. Her book, The Influence of Japanese Art on Design (Gibbs Smith, 2008) examines Japonisme, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and early Contemporary design from an American/Japanese perspective. Since 2013 she has focused on the relationship between architecture and national identity conceived for the global eye at international expositions from 1867 – 1915. For a general readership, her essay on the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair’s iconic White City appears in What Happened? An Encyclopedia of Events that Changed America Forever, Vol. III (ABC-Cleo, 2010). For specialists, her “Neoclassicism in Translation: Japan’s Hôôden at the World’s Columbian International Exposition, 1893” appears in Expanding Nationalisms at World’s Fairs: Identity, Diversity and Exchange 1855 – 1914(Routledge 2017).
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SC – Scientific Committee
TL – Thematic Line
RG – Research Group
PI – Principal Investigator