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

Unleashing Fantastic Nightmares: Ee ja nai ka (1867-1868), The Dawn of Transgression in Japan

Book chapter, Globalising the Avant-Garde (The 8th volume in the series European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies), De Gruyter, 2024. (Peer-reviewed)

Dreams and Thresholds: The Violence of Doors That Never Close in Magritte, Kafka and Buñuel

Book chapter, Dreams and Atrocity: The Oneiric in Representations of Trauma, eds. Emily-Rose Baker and Diane Otosaka, Manchester University Press, 2023, pp. 60-78. (Peer-reviewed)

Dreadful Charm: Yōkai that Resides at the Threshold of the Unknown

Essay, Swedenborg Review 4, The Swedenborg Society, 2022, pp. 20-21.

Fabulous Yonder

Essay for the group exhibition Making Poetry with Solid Objects (@Komagome Soko, Tokyo), 22 Jan -13 Feb 2022.

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, pp. 80-91. (Peer-reviewed)

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

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


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

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

Paper, Online Journal of Postmodern Cultural Sound, Text and Image Kritikos, vol. 13 (January-May) 2016. (Peer-reviewed)

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. (Peer-reviewed)

Life to Life

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

[Conference Papers, Invited Lectures, Performative Readings]


Hedonism through Polytheism: Towards a Critique of the Violence of Normalisation

Conference paper, London Conference in Critical Thought 2024, University of Greenwich, 28-29 June 2024.

What the Hell? - Performing the Extraordinary: Pandemonium, Parade and Vengeance

Conference paper, Performance Studies International #29 ASSEMBLE, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, 20-23 June 2024.

Thought Experiments in the Form of Audio-Visual Creative Writing - in the Case of ‘Umbralia: Cracking into the Threshold’ (2022)

Conference paper, The Creative Psyche and Arts-Based Research Conference, Association of Jungian Analysts Centre London,10 June 2023.


Performative reading, The Cock Salon (@The Cock Tavern, London), 5 Feb 2023 & Swedenborg Review #4 Launch Event (@Swedenborg Society, London), 15 Feb 2023.

Umbralia: Cracking into the threshold

Artistic presentation (experimental film), International Society for the Study of Surrealism Virtual Conference 2022, 17-20 Nov 2022

Unleashing Fantastic Nightmares: Ee ja nai ka (1867-1868), The Dawn of Transgression in Japan

Conference paper, European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies 8th conference 2022 'Globalising the Avant-Garde', Instituto de História da Arte, IHA/FCSH-Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, 1 Sep 2022.

Hinges: On Violence

Performative reading, The Cock Salon (@The Cock Tavern, London), 7 Aug 2022. 

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, 7 Mar 2015.

Kafka’s Odradek - Thoughts of Distortion and Transformation

Conference paper, European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies 4th conference 2014 'Utopia', University of Helsinki, 29 Aug 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, 31 May 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, 25 Apr 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, 6 Jun 2013.


Bourdelle’s Impact in East Asia (Jap→Eng), Department of Sculpture Musashino Art University, 2021, 278 pages total.


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

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