<div>Associate Professor<br />
Morris Low</div>
Associate Professor
Morris Low


Associate Professor of Japanese History

Contact Details:

Office: Room E332 Forgan Smith Building (1)
Phone: +61 7 3365 6543
Email: m.low@uq.edu.au


BSc, Griffith University
BSc(Hons), Griffith University
PhD, University of Sydney


Issues in Contemporary Asia; Asian Visual Cultures; Japanese Popular Culture; Japan and the World; Research in Asian Studies.

Research Interests:

History of Japanese science and technology; history of Australia-Japan relations; Japanese visual culture; issues relating to identity.

Current Research Projects:

Reactionary modernism and the 1940 Grand International Exposition of Japan; Families, returned soldiers and disability in post-war Japan; the history of nuclear power in Japan

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Robert H. Kargon, Karen Fiss, Morris Low, and Arthur P. Molella, World's Fairs on the Eve of War: Science, Technology & Modernity, 1937-1942 (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015).
  • Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Morris Low, Leonid Petrov, and Timothy Tsu, East Asia beyond the History Wars: confronting the ghosts of violence (Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2013).
  • Miriam R. Levin, Sophie Forgan, Martina Hessler, Robert H. Kargon and Morris Low, Urban Modernity: Cultural Innovation in the Second Industrial Revolution (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2010).
  • Japan on Display: Photography and the Emperor (London: Routledge, 2006).
  • Science and the Building of a New Japan, Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
Special Issues of Journals
  • Morris Low and Chung Hyung-Min (eds), ‘Encounters with the West: Science, Technology and Visual Culture in East Asia from the 18th to the 19th Century’, special issue, Historia Scientiarum, Vol. 21, no. 1 (July 2011).
  • Morris Low (ed.), `Locating Japanese Science and Technology’, special issue, Historia Scientiarum, Vol. 18, no. 2 (Nov. 2008). Includes introductory essay `Special Issue: Locating Japanese Science and Technology: Place and the Production of Knowledge’, pp. 59-61. Also Morris Low, `Science, Protestant Christianity and Darwinism in Meiji Japan’, pp. 76-87.
Journal articles, book chapters, proceeding papers and reviews
  • `In memoriam: Shigeru Nakayama (1928-2014)’, Historia Scientiarum, Vol. 24, no. 1 (2014), pp. 25-28.
  • `Bridging the technology gap in Japan: technology, culture and identity from the late 19th to the 21st century’, in Bae, Youngsoo and Soon Park, Buhm (eds), Bridging the Technology Gap: Historical Perspectives on Modern Asia (Seoul, Republic of Korea: Seoul National University Press, 2013), pp. 1-32.
  • `Science, Christianity and Confucianism in the lives of An Jung-geun, Kotoku Shusui, Osugi Sakae and Lu Xun’, in Masako Gavin and Ben Middleton (eds), Japan and the high treason incident (New York, NY, United States: Routledge, 2013), pp. 184-195.
  • `Eco-cities in Japan: past and future’, Journal of Urban Technology, Vol. 20, no. 1 (2013), pp. 7-22. doi:10.1080/10630732.2012.735107
  • `Physical anthropology in Japan: The Ainu and the search for the origins of the Japanese’, Current Anthropology, Vol. 53, no. S5 (2012), pp. S57-S68. doi:10.1086/662334
  • `The impact of Western science and technology on Ukiyo-e prints and book illustrations in late eighteenth and nineteenth century Japan’, Historia Scientiarum, Vol. 21, no. 1 (2011), pp. 66-87.
  • `Physicists as Policymakers in Postwar Japan: The Rise of Joint-Use University Research Institutes’, in Helmuth Trischler and Mark Walker (eds), Physics and Politics: Research and Research Support in Twentieth Century Germany in International Perspective (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2010), pp. 227-250.
  • `Technological Culture’ in Yoshio Sugimoto (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 130-46.
  • `Colonial Modernity and Networks in the Japanese Empire: The Role of Gotō Shinpei’, Historia Scientiarum, Vol. 19, no. 3 (March 2010), pp. 195-208.
For a full list of publications, please refer to Associate Professor Low's UQ Researchers profile.

Other activities and service:

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Editor, ASAA (Asian Studies Association of Australia) East Asia Series.
  • Member of Editorial Boards: Japanese Studies, East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine, East Asian Science, Technology and Society, and Historia Scientiarum.
  • Patron, Queensland Art Gallery Foundation.
  • For details of RHD supervision, please refer to Associate Professor Low's UQ Researchers profile.

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