Radu-Alexandru LECA, Dr

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After completing a BA in Japanese Literature at Kanazawa University, Radu Leca undertook an MA and PhD in art history at SOAS, with a PhD thesis on images of outside and the other in the spatial imaginary of late seventeenth century Japan. Radu has held research positions at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in Norwich, the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden and the Institute of East Asian Art History at Heidelberg University.

Research Interests

Radu’s initial expertise is in early modern visual and scribal cultures in Japan, with interests in images of alterity, the role of materiality and social practices, and the interplay between manuscript and print media. Radu’s other major research topic is the history of cartography in Japan, with emphasis on transcultural interactions and on cartography as a form of visual and material culture. Two edited volumes on the topic are forthcoming from Brill. Radu also works on the reception of Japanese art and culture in the West, as well as media studies, with a focus on philately and deltiology.

Education/Academic qualification

Visual Arts, PhD, The backward glance : concepts of ‘outside’ and ‘other’ in the Japanese spatial imaginary between 1673 and 1704

30 Sept 201115 Sept 2015

Award Date: 30 Sept 2015

Visual Arts, Cartographies of Alterity: Avatars of the Island of Women in 17th century Japan, SOAS University of London

15 Sept 20101 Sept 2011

Award Date: 10 Sept 2011

History and Culture, Bachelor, Haruka naru umi no kanata e - Otogi zōshi Hōrai Monogatari ni okeru ikyō byōsha, Kanazawa University

1 Apr 200630 Mar 2010

Award Date: 1 Apr 2010


  • DS Asia
  • Japan
  • Early Modern History
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • History of Art
  • PI Oriental languages and literatures
  • Japanese
  • NE Print media
  • History of the Book
  • Media studies


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