[Recent Publications (book chapters, articles & essays)]

Dreams and Thresholds: Violence of Doors That Never Close in Magritte, Kafka and Buñuel
Book chapter, Dreams and Atrocity: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Trauma in Art, Literature and Visual Culture, eds. Emily-Rose Baker and Diane Otosaka, Manchester University Press, forthcoming.

Hunchback as a Visual Paradigm of Violence in Modern Art: Géricault, Dix, and Salomon

Book chapter, The Body in Theory: Essays After Lacan and Foucault, eds. Becky McLaughlin and Eric Daffron, McFarland Press, 2021.

Hearing/seeing dread: Thought of distortion and transformation in Kafka’s The Burrow and Odradek

Article, Journal for Cultural Research, Vol. 22 (Issue 1), Taylor & Francis, 2018, pp. 16-26.


Essay, exhibition catalogue Phil Hale & Jim Threapleton: ENEMY (at Gallery no 20, London), Sep 2017.

Bataille and Contagion, or Towards a Space of Sound and Art

Article, online journal of postmodern cultural sound, text and image Kritikos, vol. 13 (January-May) 2016.

Making it Intelligible: Art and Violence in the Nuclear Age in Postwar Japan 
Book ​chapter, Eyes and Gazes in Philosophy and Arts, eds. Giuseppe Patella and Atsushi Okada, UniversItalia Rome, 2015, pp. 365-380.

Life to Life

Essay, exhibition catalogue Phil Hale - Life Wants to Live (at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NY), Donald M. Grant, Imbroglio publishing and Allen Spiegel Fine Arts, 2015.

[Recent Conference Papers, Invited Lectures and Talks]

Nudity in Japan: Towards Anachronic and Transcultural Bodies

Lecture, Central Saint Martins, 22 Jan, 2021 / University of East London, 26 Feb, 2021

Hearing Insects: The Droning World of Dread In Kafka’s The Burrow

Conference paper, ‘(Re)Imagining the Insect: Natures and Cultures of Invertebrates, 1700-1900’, University of Warwick, UK, Mar 7, 2015.

Kafka’s Odradek - Thoughts of Distortion and Transformation

Conference paper, European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies 2014 'Utopia', University of Helsinki, Aug 29, 2014.

The Thought of Drone

Talk (with Iain Campbell), [Again] Conversations #4, London Action Resource Centre, Aug 27, 2014.

Threshold – a Place of Secret and Violence: Open Doors in Magritte and Kafka

Conference paper, 'The Secret in Contemporary Theory, Society, and Culture', School of European Culture and Languages at University of Kent, May 31, 2014.

Contagion and Transgression: Visions/Auditions of Excess towards a Space of Sound and Art

Conference paper, 'Sovereignty and the Human: Exploring Bataille’s Accursed Share Project 2014', University of West England, Apr 25, 2014.

Géricault and Dix; Hunchback as a Visual Paradigm in Modern Art

Conference paper, London Conference of Critical Thought 2013,  Royal Holloway, University of London, Jun 6, 2013.


The Record of International Conference: Bourdelle’s Impact in East Asia 

(Jap→Eng), Department of Sculpture Musashino Art University, 2021, 278 pages total.

The Record of International Symposium: A Study of Modern Japanese Sculpture (Jap→Eng), Department of Sculpture Musashino Art University, 2015, 242 pages total.

Joint translation of the Japanese edition of Charlotte Cotton, The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Themes & Hudson, 2004, 256 pages total) published in Tokyo: Shobun-sha, 2009.

Joint translation of the Japanese edition of Jonathan Crary, Suspension of Perception: Attention, Spectacle and Modern Culture (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000, 416 pages total) published in Tokyo: Heibonsha, 2005.

PhD thesis: 

The Threshold – a Place of the Hunchback. Violence and Transformation in works by Géricault, Dix, Salomon, Magritte, and Kafka (University College London, 2014)


MA thesis: 

René Magritte and Marcel Broodthaers: Self-Referentiality in Modern Art (Kyoto University, 2005)

Text © 2015 Michiko Oki
Illustration © 2015 Pablo Padilla Jargstorf