Hannah L. Sigur

Quoting name: Hannah L. Sigur
Professional Category/Position: Researcher
Position(s) within IHA: RG Member [Pre-Modern Visual and Material Cultures]
Thematic areas: Japan, Architecture, Japonisme, Design
Contact: hannahsigur@fcsh.unl.pt
ORCiD: 0000-0002-9927-0355



With residences in East and Southeast Asia and a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Hannah Sigur has taught the arts of Japan, East Asia, and East/West exchange for universities in California, USA, 2003-2017. In Lisbon since 2018, she taught Arts of Japan as a member of IHA-NOVA FCSH in 2020. Curatorial projects for the Museu do Oriente and a Gulbenkian Fellowship concern Japanese prints. Another, on Chinese ceramics for the Casa-Museu Anastásio Goncalves, is planned for 2023. Her research considers the material culture of internationalism and identity in Meiji Japan and Gilded Age US. The Influence of Japanese Art on Design (Gibbs Smith, 2008) examines Japonisme, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Modern design pre-WWI. From her dissertation onward, the architecture of international expositions 1867 – 1915 have held special interest. 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). “Neoclassicism in Translation: Japan’s Hōōden 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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RG – Research Group