Timon Screech (born 28 September 1961, Birmingham) is a professor of the history of art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is a specialist in the art and culture of early modern Japan.
In 1985, Timon Screech received a BA in Oriental Studies (Japanese) at the University of Oxford. In 1991, he completed his PhD in art history at Harvard University. Since graduating from Harvard, he has been at SOAS; and he has also been visiting professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, and guest researcher at Gakushuin University and Waseda University in Tokyo. Screech is a Permanent Visiting Professor at Tama University of the Arts, Tokyo. His main current research project is related to the early history of the English East India Company in Japan (1613-26).
In SOAS's Department of Art & Archaeology, Screech is a Professor of the history of art. Professor Screech's particular areas of interest are the history of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; and the theory of art history. He was elected to a Chair in the history of art in 2006. Screech also serves a Head of the Department of the History of Art & Archaeology at SOAS and of the School of Arts (SOASOAS).
- Screech, Timon. (2007). Ningen kouryuu no edo bijutsushi [Edo art and the exchange of persons]. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press.
- __________. (2006). Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822. London: RoutledgeCurzon. 10-ISBN 0-203-09985-0, 13-ISBN 978-0-203-09985-8; OCLC 65177072
- __________. (2006). Edo no igirisu netsu [Britain in the Edo Period]. Tokyo: Kodansha. 10-ISBN 4-06-258352-6
- __________. (2005). "Pictures, the Most Part Bawdy: The Anglo-Japanese Painting Trade in the Early 1600s," Art Bulletin. Vol. 87, No. 1, pp. 50–72.
- __________. (2005). "Introduction," Japan Extolled and Decried: Park Oeter Thunberg and the Shogun's Realm. London: RoutledgeCurzon.
- __________. (2005). Japan Extolled and Decried: Carl Peter Thunberg and Japan. London: RoutledgeCurzon. 13-ISBN 978-0-7007-1719-4 (cloth); ISBN 978-0-203-02035-7 (electronic)
- __________. (2003). Sex and Consumerism in Edo Japan. In: Consuming Bodies: Sex and Consumerism in Japanese Contemporary Art. London: Reaktion Books.
- __________. (2002). "Dressing Samuel Pepys: Japanese Garments and International Diplomacy in the Edo Period," Orientations. Vol. 2, pp. 50–57.
- __________. (2002). "Erotyczne obrazy japonskie 1700-1820." Universitas Krakow. 10-ISBN 1-86189-030-3
- __________. (2002). "The Edo Pleasure Districts as 'Pornotopia'," Orientations, Vol. 2, pp. 36–42.
- __________. (2001) "The Birth of the Anatomical Body," Births and Rebirths in Japanese Art. Leiden: Hotei Press.
- __________. (2001). "The visual legacy of Dodonaeus in botanical and Human Categorisation," Dodonaeus in Japan: Translation and the Scientific Mind in Tokugawa Japan. Leuven: Leuven University Press.
- __________. (2000). The Shogun's Painted Culture: Fear and Creativity in the Japanese States, 1760-1829. London: Reaktion Books. (London). 10-ISBN 1-86189-064-8
- __________. (1998). Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Imagery in Japan, 1720-1810. London: Reaktion Books. ISBN 1-86189-030-3.
- __________. (1997). Edo no jintai o hiraku [Opening the Edo Body]. Tokyo: Sakuhinsha. 10-ISBN 4-87893-753-X.
- __________. (1996). The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 10-ISBN 0-521-46106-5.