Yuriko Furuhata is associate professor and William Dawson Scholar of Cinema and Media History in the Department of East Asian Studies and an associate member of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. She works in the areas of film and media studies, architecture, visual arts, and critical theory.
Her first book, Cinema of Actuality: Japanese Avant-Garde Filmmaking in the Season of Image Politics (Duke University Press, 2013), won the Best First Book Award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Her second book, Atmospheric Control: Transpacific Experiments in Climatic Media (forthcoming, Duke University Press) traces geopolitical connections across environmental art, weather control, climate engineering, and cybernetic architecture in Japan and the United States.
She is currently working on a new book project, entitled Enchanted Consultation, which explores mediated cultural techniques of divination and prediction in relation to the history of pseudoscience, including astrology and geomancy. She is also writing a piece on the questions of decoloniality and geological media within the context of Japan’s settler colonialism.