Division of Expressive Culture

Expression as culture from a range of perspectives

media, sensitivity, architecture, design, music, fashion

From as early as we can remember, we are encouraged to be individuals. Similarly, we are encouraged to express ourselves. Individuality and originality are prized. But is this really true? What are individuality and originality? Where did these concepts originate in the first place? The Expressive Culture course begins with investigating expression. To have an unceasing interest in expression is, in itself, to question it.

The Expressive Culture course concerns the historical and social study of expression as culture that has emerged regardless of man’s conscious awareness of it. Unfortunately, the imagination of individuals is no greater than their physical stature. However, in society, which is made up of people, the power of imagination can achieve remarkable feats. Society, then, has an influence on the characteristics of the era to come. The point at which we begin to question the world of expression that we have accepted at face value is the starting point for further research in this course. Through a wide-range approach that includes literature review, experiments, and fieldwork of actual expression activities, the course provides students with a thorough awareness of the past, present, and future of expressive culture, as well as a flexible, creative conceptual ability. In addition, the course also develops a student’s ability to communicate this awareness and these concepts in a clear, logical, and expressive manner. The course prepares students to use what they learn in the field of expressive culture in a variety of careers, including professions in government and business, and organizations, research, curating, art management, stage management, editing, journalism, and writing.


Name E-Mail/Personal Site Title Research Field/Research Interest
(平芳 裕子)
hirahiro [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Personal Site
Associate Professor Fashion Theory

Representation of Women in Fashion Magazines

NONAKA Tetsushi
(野中 哲士)
tetsushi [at] people.kobe-u.ac.jp
Personal Site
Associate Professor Cognitive Science, Ecological Psychology

Major research interests in processes of formation of action-environment linkage, flexibility of behavior, and the act of tool-use in humans and animals from perceptual, developmental, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives.

(小髙 直樹)
odaka [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Personal Site
Professor Kansei Science, Graphic Science, Cultural Studies

Processing of Vague Information in KANSEI Media
Cultural studies
Systematization of Constructive Descriptive Geometry

OHTA Misako
(大田 美佐子)
misaohta [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Associate Professor Music Aesthetics, History of Music

Musical theatre in the 20th century, modernism in music

(田畑 暁生)
akehyon [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Professor Socio-Informatics

Media Studies

TANI Masato
(谷 正人)
tanimasato [at] people.kobe-u.ac.jp
Associate Professor Ethnomusicology

Ethnomusicological Research on the Concept of “Improvisation” in Iranian Music

UMEMIYA Hiromitsu
(梅宮 弘光)
umemiya [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Personal Site
Professor Architectural History

Modernism in Japanese Architecture