Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Modernity, emphasis on Japan
Professor Ivy approaches the anthropology of modernity from several perspectives. One is that of critical theory and its varied anatomies of the crises of the modern (most emblematically revealed by fascism). Her work on mass media, capitalism, and everyday life is informed by these approaches. Another, and related to her interests in critical theory, is her concern with questions of representation and interpretation opened up by semiotic and post-semiotic protocols of reading and textual analysis. Finally, she is committed to keeping the crucial importance of historical reflection in the forefront of her research, teaching, and ethnographic practice.
Professor Ivy teaches courses in modern and critical theory of anthropology and on contemporary Japanese aesthetics, politics, and technology (including a course on Japanese mass culture).
Her publications include Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm, Japan (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995); "The Art of Cute Little Things: Nara Yoshitomo's Parapolitics," in Mechademia (Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, 2010); "Dark Enlightenment: Naitô Masatoshi's Flash" in Photographies East: Histories of the Camera in East and Southeast Asia, ed. by Rosalind Morris (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009); "Benedict's Shame" Cabinet, no. 31 (Fall 2008); "Trauma's Two Times: Japanese Wars and Postwars." Positions: East Asia Culures Critique 16:1 (2008): 153-176; "Revenge and Recapitation in Recessionary Japan" In Japan after Japan: Social and Cultural Life from the Recessionary 1990s to the Present, ed. by Tomiko Yoda and Harry Harootunian (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006) "Have You Seen Me?: Recovering the Inner Child in Late Twentieth-Century America" in Social Text, no. 37, 1993; and "Critical Texts, Mass Artifacts: The Consumption of Knowledge in Postmodern Japan" in Postmodernism and Japan, ed. by Harry Harootunian and Masao Miyoshi (Duke University Press, 1989).
Professor Ivy received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and joined the Columbia faculty in 1997.