Katarzyna J. Cwiertka

Job title
Professor of Modern Japan Studies at Humanities Faculty, Leiden University

Professor dr. Katarzyna J. Cwiertka is Chair of Modern Japan Studies at Leiden University. She has an MA degree in Japanese Studies from Warsaw University, Poland (1990), an MA degree in Area Studies from Tsukuba University, Japan (1994), and a PhD from Leiden University (1999). Besides her tenure at Leiden University Cwiertka currently serves as co-editor of the book series Consumption and Sustainability in Asia (Amsterdam University Press), and editor-in-chief of the journal Worldwide Waste.

Cwiertka is an established expert on food history of modern Japan and Korea, both as a domain of culture and as a window into historical inquiry that extends beyond the realm of cuisine and nutrition. In her research, food serves as a vehicle to talk about social change and global interconnectedness facilitated by colonialism, war, and cultural imperialism. Cwiertka is the recipient of all three grants offered within the framework of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research: the VENI grant (2003-2007), the VIDI grant (2007-2012) and the VICI grant (2013-2018).

For samples of her work see:

- K.J. Cwiertka and E. Machotka, 'Catalogue of the exhibition "Too Pretty to Throw Away: Packaging Design from Japan"' (2016).

- K.J. Cwiertka, 'Packaging of Food and Drink in Japan' in: H.I. Meiselman ed., Handbook of Eating and Drinking: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Springer, Cham; 2020) 509-524.


Phone number
+31 71 527 2599