Areas of Expertise

Transnational Japanese arts and culture, craft, ceramics, mobility, migration, cultural exchange.

Teaching Interests

At TUJ, Liliana Morais teaches a range of courses, including Japanese Art, Arts in Cultural Context, East Meets West, and History of Modern Crafts.


Liliana Morais’ research focuses on Japanese crafts, particularly ceramics, in their intersections with the processes of mobility, transnational migration, cultural exchange, and cultural imaginings. Recently, she has been interested in the potential of craft-related grassroots activities for rural revitalization and sustainable development.

Representative Publications

  • Morais, Liliana. (2020). Spicing up a 150-year-old porcelain factory: Art, Localism and Transnationalism in Arita’s Happy Lucky Kiln. International Journal of Japanese Sociology, 29(1), 52-73. 
  • Morais, Liliana. (2019). Traditional Japanese Arts and Crafts: Historical and Political Trajectories from the Meiji Period until Today. Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies, 11,139-146.
  • Morais, Liliana. (2015). Two Japanese women ceramists in Brazil: identity, culture and representation. Journal of International and Advanced Japanese Studies, 7, 201-212.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 2019.
  • M.A. in Japanese Studies, University of São Paulo, 2014.
  • B.A. in Archaeology, University of Lisbon, 2007.

Previous Appointments

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Fine Art, Kanazawa College of Art (2019-2021)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Tokyo Metropolitan University (2019-2021)

Professional Associations

  • European Association for Japanese Studies
  • The Japan Sociological Association
  • Society for the Study of Japonisme