Makoto Harris Takao

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Short CV: 
  • Ph.D. in Music and History, The University of Western Australia (2017)
  • B.A., First Class Honours in Asian Studies, The University of Western Australia (2012)
  • B.A., Major in Japanese, The University of Western Australia (2011)

Research Interests: 
  • Conceptual history
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Global history
  • History of Christianity
  • History of emotions
  • Japanese studies
  • Musicology
  • Religious studies

Selected Literature: 


Of Mission and Music: Japanese Christianity and Its Reflection in Early Modern Europe (Under negotiation: Brill)


Journal Articles

"Francis Xavier at the Court of Ōtomo Yoshishige:Representations of Religious Disputation betweenJesuits and Buddhists in La conversione alla santa fede del re di Bungo giaponese (1703)," Journal of Jesuit Studies 3/3 (2016): 451–74.

"'In Their Own Way': Contrafactal Practices of Japanese Christian Communities in the Sixteenth Century,” Early Music (forthcoming, 2019).


Book Chapters

 "We Are Not Jesuits: Reassessing Relations between Protestantism, French Catholicism, and the Society of Jesus in Mid-nineteenth - and Twentieth-Century Japan," in Encounters between Jesuits and Protestants in Asia and the Americas, ed. Robert A. Maryks, Ronnie Po-chia Hsia and Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra (Boston: Brill, 2018), pp. 17–44.

"'In what storms of blood from Christ’s flock is Japan swimming?': Performative Representations of the Japanese Female Martyr in Johann Baptist Adolph and Johann Bernhard Staudt's Mulier Fortis (1698),” forthcoming in Changing Hearts: Performing Jesuit Emotions Between Europe, Asia and the Americas, ed. Yasmin Haskell and Raphaële Garrod (Leiden: Brill, 2019), pp. 87–120.