Dr Natsuko Akagawa is a Japanese Studies course coordinator and is a Member of the Centre for Global Research and Associate Member of the Centre for Urban Research. She is also a Coordinator for the LEAD Academic Mentoring Program for Japanese.
Natsuko Akagawa’s research focuses on heritage as it applies to people, nations and global interactions. Her pioneering research establishes a theoretical nexus between the politics of cultural diplomacy, heritage conservation, national identity and interest, which has now become one of the themes of interest for scholars in a range of disciplines. Her book, Heritage conservation in Japan’s cultural diplomacy: Heritage, national identity and national interest (Routledge 2014) formed the basis of subsequent research on the connections between broader elements of heritage and cultural diplomacy.
Natsuko is a co-editor of Intangible Heritage (Routledge 2009), internationally regarded as one of the first comprehensive texts on this topic. She, together with co-editor, are preparing a second completely new edition forthcoming in 2017.
Current research interests include:
- Postcolonial heritage: politics and communities
- Borders and space: memory and heritage
- Transnational community and heritage: displacement, violence, identity, memory
- Historic urban landscape: identity, memory and heritage
- Smith, L. and Akagawa, N. (eds.) [forthcoming] Intangible Heritage, second edition with subtitle, London; New York: Routledge. [Contracted]
- Akagawa, N. 2015, Heritage Conservation in Japan’s Cultural Diplomacy: Heritage, National Identity and National Interest, London; New York: Routledge.
- Smith, L. and Akagawa, N. (eds.) 2009, Intangible Heritage, London; New York: Routledge.
- Akagawa, N. 2016, ‘Intangible Heritage and Embodiment: Japan’s Influence on Global Heritage Discourse’ Logan, William, Nic Craith, Máiread and Kockel, Ullrich (eds) in A Companion to Heritage Studies, New Jersey, Wiley-Blackwell.
- Akagawa, N. (co-authored) 2014, The war experience of Dutch Eurasian civilians in Java, 1942 – 1948, Twomey, C. and Koh, E. (eds), The Pacific War 1941-5: Aftermaths, Remembrance and Culture, New York; London: Routledge.
- Akagawa, N. (co-authored) 2013, ‘Cultural rights and conservation of old Bangkok’ in Baker C. (ed), Protecting Siam's Heritage, Bangkok, Siam Society and Silkworm Books.
- Akagawa, N. (co-authored) 2012, ‘Concept and practice of cultural landscape protection in Thailand’, in Taylor, K. and Lennon, J. (eds), Managing Cultural Landscapes, London; New York: Routledge.
- Akagawa, N. (co-authored) 2009, ‘Introduction’, in Smith, L. and Akagawa, N. (eds), Intangible Heritage, London; New York: Routledge.
Refereed journal articles
- Akagawa, N. [in press] “Japan and the rise of heritage in cultural diplomacy: where are we heading?” in Future Anterior.
- Akagawa, N. 2016, Rethinking the global heritage discourse – overcoming ‘East’ and ‘West’?, International Journal of Heritage Studies, 22(1), 14-25. doi:10.1080/13527258.2015.1068213 (Published online 2015)
- Akagawa, N. (co-authored) 2013, ‘Cultural rights and conservation of old Bangkok’ in Journal of the Siam Society, Vol.100.
- Akagawa, N. (co-authored) 2010, ‘Understanding the concept of cultural landscape in Thailand: From vernacular approach to the application of international framework’, in The Architectural Journal of The Association of Siamese Architects Under Royal Patronage (ASA), August – September, pp 104-113.
- Akagawa, N. (co-authored) 2008, ‘Cultural landscape in Asia and the Pacific: Implication of the World Heritage Convention’, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol.14, No.2, March 2008, pp 176-191.
Refereed conference papers
- Akagawa, N., 2015, The politics of ‘tangible’ and ‘intangible’, at RISKS TO IDENTITY: Loss of Traditions and Collective Memory 2015 ICOMOS Annual General Assembly, Advisory Committee Meeting and Scientific Symposium 2015, Fukuoka, Japan, 24-30 October 2015.
- Akagawa, N., 2015, ‘Where do we draw a line?’ at Thinking About Borders, University of Melbourne and Institute of Postcolonial Studies, 24 July 2015.
- Akagwa, N., 2015, ‘The impact of UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention and the politics and practice of heritage in Indonesia’, at Eighth Indonesia Council Open Conference, Deakin University, Geelong, 2-3July 2015.
- Akagawa, N., 2015, ‘Visual representation of colonial heritage’, at Practices of Order: Colonial and Imperial Projects Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 27-31 January 2015.
- Akagawa, N., 2015, ‘Local, National and International Factors in the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Japan’, in Protecting the Weak: Entangled processes of framing, mobilization and institutionalization in East Asia, Frankfurt, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, and jointly organized with the Institute fu?r Sozialforschung (Institute for Social Research, IfS), and jointly organized with the Institute fu?r Sozialforschung (Institute for Social Research, IfS), 22- 26 January 2015.
- Akagawa, N., 2014, ‘The Dynamics of ‘Our’ Heritage in the Densely Populated Historic City: Macau’, at International Conference on Citizens, Civil Society and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia, by Academic Cooperation of Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 11-13 December 2014.
- Akagawa, N., 2014, ‘Embodied heritage: Intangible nonetheless’, at Association of Critical Heritage Studies international conference, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2-4 December 2014.
- Akagawa, N., 2014, ‘Cultural diplomacy and heritage conservation’, at Association of Critical Heritage Studies international conference, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2-4 December 2014.
- Akagawa, N., 2014, ‘Sensing Intangible: Craft Skills’, at Grasping the Intangible at Heritage Places, ICOMOS Australia, National scientific committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage inaugural conference, Melbourne University, 18 October 2014.
- Akagawa, N., 2013, ‘Layers of meaning and emotion: early modern ‘west’ in Japan’, presented at Sourcing Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World Conference, The University of Western Australia, Perth, 27-29 June 2013.
- Akagawa, N., 2011, ‘Heritage conservation practice and perspectives in Japan’, presented at Heritage Conserved and Contested: Asian and European Perspectives, International Institute for Asian Studies and Leiden University, The Netherlands, 20-25 June 2011.
- Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies
- Master of Business Administration (Hons)
- Graduate Diploma of Education
- Diploma of Portuguese
- Japanese art of tea (Certified)
- Japanese flower arrangements (Certified)
- First aid
- Associate Investigator for Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
- Expert Voting Member/Japan of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
- Vice-President of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage
- Research Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies with Leiden University (Netherlands) (EU funded)
- Visiting researcher at the East West Centre and University of Hawaii, Manoa (United States Federal Government funded)
- Akagawa, N. (2015). Heritage Conservation in Japan's Cultural Diplomacy: Heritage, National Identity and National Interest, Routledge, New York, United States
- Akagawa, N. (2015). (In press) Rethinking the global heritage discourse - overcoming 'East' and 'West'? In: International Journal of Heritage Studies, , 1 - 12
- Akagawa, N. (2015). Intangible heritage and embodiment: Japan's influence on global heritage discourse In: A companion to heritage studies, Wiley-Blackwell, United Kingdom
- Cote, J.,Akagawa, N. (2014). The Pacific war experience of Dutch Eurasian civilians in Java, 1942-1948 In: The Pacific War: Aftermaths, Remembrance and Culture, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Akagawa, N.,Sirisrisak, T. (2013). Cultural rights and conservation of Old Bangkok In: Protecting Siam's Heritage, University of Washington Press, United States
- Sirisrisak, T.,Akagawa, N. (2012). Concept and practice of cultural landscape protection in Thailand In: Managing Cultural Landscapes, Routledge, United States
- Smith, L.,Akagawa, N. (2009). Introduction In: Intangible heritage, Routledge, United Kingdom
- Akagawa, N.,Sirisrisak, T. (2008). Cultural landscapes in Asia and the pacific: Implications of the world heritage convention In: International Journal of Heritage Studies, 14, 176 - 191