Arts of China Consortium

hosted by the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

TO ATTEND: Conferences, Symposia, Seminars, Lectures












Listings below are organized chronologically.

"New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future"

Textile Society of America 14th Biennial Symposium
Los Angeles, CA
10-14 September 2014

[from TSA, 8/26/14; papers/panels relating to East Asia listed below]

Pre-symposium Workshop: Early Chinese Textile Analysis Featuring Selections from the Lloyd Cotsen Textiles Traces Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Workshop Leader: Feng Zhao (China National Silk Museum) assisted by Elena Phipps (Textile Society of America)

2D. Alternative Plant Fibers: Preservation, Development, Sustainability
- Yuko Fukatsu (Tama Art University) & Ryoko Murai (Ohoigawa Kuzufu Studio), "Traditional Textile Design for Social Innovation Toward Sustainability in Japan"
- Tatsuhiko Murai (Ohoigawa Kuzufu Studio), "Changing of Kudzu Textiles in Japanese Culture"

5E. Histories of Textile Arts—and How to Teach Them
- Feng Zhao, "Teaching Silk History in China"

6B. Textiles in China: Identity, Literacy and Communication
Chair: Lee Talbot (Textile Museum)
- Mei Rado (Bard Graduate Center), "Imitation and Invention: Weaving 'European-Style' Silks under Qing Imperial Patronage"
- Rachel Silberstein (University of Oxford), "Words and Symbols: A Preliminary Study of Literate Communication in Chinese Embroidery"
- Gloria Gonick (independent scholar, Los Angeles), "Innovation and Preservation of Manichaean Textiles in Southern Coastal China in the Seventeenth to Twentieth Centuries"
- I-Fen Huang (Brown University), "Embroidering for the Nation: Embroidered Portraits and the Invention of an Artistic Tradition in Modern China"

7B. New Studies: South and Southeast Asia
- Serena Lee (Textile Odyssey), "Redefining Borders and Identity: Ethnic Dress of the Lolo/Yi Groups Across the Vietnam-China Border"

7D. Facing Challenges: Global Development
- Toshiyuki Sano and Yuka Matsumoto (University of the Ryukyus), "Changes in the Way of Traditional Cloth Makings and the Weaver’s Contribution in the Ryukyus"

8B. Changing Perspectives on the Ancient Old World
- Mariachiara Gasparini (University of Heidelberg), "A Fragmented Treasure on Display. The Turfan Textile Collection and the Humboldt Forum"
- Zvezdana Dode (Stavropol State University), "New Finds of Clothing: Mongolian Nomads in the South of Russia"

8D. Panel Discussion: Contemporary Textile & Fiber Art Exhibitions: TSA Juried Exhibition and Hangzhou Triennial
- Shi Hui and Li Xi, "Fiber Vision": Hangzhou International Triennial of Fiber Art"

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China Project Workshop

Institute of Fine Arts
New York University

[courtesy of IFA, 10/22/14]

12 September
Susan Whitfield (International Dunhuang Project, British Library), "The Silk Road Contextualised: Stupas, Silk and Slaves"

10 October
Susan Beningson (Brooklyn Museum), "Bridging Past and Future: The New Chinese Art Galleries at the Brooklyn Museum"

24 October
Painting under the Five Dynasties, Liao, and Northern Song Dynasties
- Jonathan Hay (IFA), Opening remarks
- Fan Zhang (Institute for Study of the Ancient World, NYU), "Underground Blossoms: Peony Paintings in Liao Tombs"
- Hsueh-man Shen (IFA), Response and general discussion
- Jia Liu (IFA), "The Depiction of Female Figures in Tomb Murals near Beijing and Datong"
- François Louis (Bard Graduate Center), Response and general discussion
- Mei-yee Ho (IFA). "The Representation of Apsarases in Fengguo Temple"
- Hsueh-man Shen, Response and general discussion
- Cheng Shen (IFA), "The Phoenix Image in Liao Art"
- François Louis, Response and general discussion
- Hui Fang (IFA), "Substitutional Portraiture in Liao Tomb Murals"
- Hsueh-man Shen, Response and general discussion
- Gillian Canavan (IFA), "Modern Maps as Constructed Presentations of Space"
- François Louis, Response and general discussion
- Lingyao Zhong (NYU), "The International Movement of North-Chinese Artists as Diplomats, Spies, and Prisoners-of-War"
- Olga Panova (Russian University for the Humanities), Response and general discussion
- Jonathan Hay, "On the Date of the Yemaotai Landscape"
- François Louis, Response and general discussion

4 December
Tao Wang (Sotheby's), lecture title forthcoming

13 March 2015
Jonathan Hay (IFA), "Teaching Chinese Painting Using Digital Technology"

24 April
François Louis (Bard Graduate Center), lecture title forthcoming

8 May
Yunru Chen (National Palace Museum), lecture title forthcoming

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"Between Transience and Searching for Liberation: Buddhism and Images of Japanese Aesthetic"

Tibor Rutar (University of Ljubljana)
in "Decline – Metamorphosis – Rebirth"
International Conference for PhD Students
Ljubljana, Slovenia
18-20 September 2014

[from "Decline", 9/20/14]

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"Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences"

New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS)
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY
18-20 September 2014

[from NYCAS, 9/20/14; panels/papers relating to visual/material culture listed below]

A Source of Past Transformations: Contacts and Technological Transfers in Antiquity and Middle Ages
- Aleksandr Naymark (Hofstra University), "Silk Road and Sogdiana: Effect of International Trade on Societal Structure"
- Anna Feuerbach (Hofstra University), "Beyond Borders: Trans-Eurasian Trade in Crucible Damascus Steel"

Current Issues Concerning Urbanization and Cities in China
- •Jiefang Zhang, University of Pennsylvania), "Research on the Preservation and Re-utilization of Industrial Heritage at Putou District" - Qian Gao (Transylvania University), "Landing on New Grounds: The Cultural Revolution in Cyberspace"

Borderland Conflicts and Resolutions
- Tomomi Emoto (Queens College, CUNY), "A Stolen Relic and Contested Identities on Tsushima Island, Japan"

Contemporary Art: Challenges and Contexts
Moderator: Ann Burlein (Hofstra University)
- Patricia Karetzky (Bard College), "Modern and Contemporary Female Indian Artists"
- Sarah Batchelor (Pace University), "Tibetan Renaissance: The Internationalization of Contemporary Tibetan Art and Cultural Identity"
- Yuling Huang (University of Louisville), "Forced Forgetting or Forced Remembering — Scar Art and Its Manifestations"
- Christina Han (Wilfrid Laurier University), "Animating the Spiritual Consonance: The Transforming Discourse of Qiyun Shendong in Contemporary Chinese Art"

Re-Evaluating Artistic Forms in an Age of Change
- Petya Andreeva (University of Pennsylvania), "From Xu Bing to Shu Yong: Linguistic Phenomena in Chinese Installation Art"

Contemporary Japanese Cultural Studies: Videogames, Mascots and Manga
- Rachael Hutchinson (University of Delaware), "Playing War: Japanese Videogames and WWII"
- Michael Maynard (Temple University), "Kumamon Goes Global: A Japanese Yuru-kyara Bear-like Mascot Mediates a Cuteness Without Words"
- Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase (Vassar College), "Representation of Mothers in shojo manga"

Contemporary Art and Performance in Asia
- Crystal Hui-Shu Yang (University of North Dakota), "Chinese Folk Art Traditions in Transformation: Jingshan Peasant Painting"

Pre-Modern East Asia: China, Japan and Taiwan
- Yue Jiao (Binghamton University, SUNY), "The Samurai Class and the Japanese Tea Ceremony in Pre-Modern Japan"

Understanding Japan through Traditional Arts, Culture and Aesthetics
- Masako Hamada (Villanova University), "Learning About High-Context Culture and Non-Verbal Communication through Cha-no-yu"
- Diane L. Simpson (Simpson International), "Cha-no-yu as a Japanese Crafts Collection"
- Midori Yonezawa (University of Pennsylvania), "What Japanese Way of Tea Expresses"
- Yoshie Takahashi (Hofstra University), "Japanese Aesthetics Through Ikebana"

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"The 'China Dream': Passions, Policies and Power"

University of Leicester
Rutgers University
23-26 September 2014

[from "ChiSRA", 9/26/14; panels/papers relating to visual culture below]

Visualising the 'China Dream' - Amy Jane Barnes (University of Leicester), "Visual Representations of the China Dream" (provisional title)
- Li Mingxia (University of the West of Scotland), "Visualising China's Social and Economic Transition with a Focus on the Socialist Worker: Li Shaohong's Red Suit"
- Michael Pearce (California Lutheran University), "Emergence and Art in the Chinese Dream"

Making and Consuming the 'China Dream' Part 2
- Shi Yajuan (Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology), "China Dream and Chinese-style of Fashion Design"

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European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology

Palacký University
Olomouc, Czech Republic
25-27 September 2014

[from EAAAA, 8/21/14; select panels listed below]

Keynote speech: Roderick Whitfield (Emeritus, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)), "The Concept of Change in Chinese Material Culture"

I. Roundtable: Transcultural Framings in Art History: Material, Display, Translation
Organizers: Anna Grasskamp (Heidelberg University), Melanie Trede (Heidelberg University)
- Dorothy Armstrong (Royal College of Art; Victoria and Albert Museum), "Reframing the Carpets of Central Asia and the Middle East: The Afterlife of So-called Classical Oriental Carpets in the Museums of the 20th-century West"
- Anna Grasskamp, "Framing Strategies in Sino-European Print"
- Christine Guth (Royal College of Art; Victoria and Albert Museum), "The Dilemmas of Reframing"
- Franziska Koch (Heidelberg University), "Framing the Global Contemporary"
- Ma Meng-ching (National Tsing Hua University), "(Re)framing the Text: Decorative Borders as Visual Commentary in 17th-century Chinese Fiction"
- Dawn Odell (Lewis and Clark College), "Materiality and Reframing Chinese Print in Porcelain"
- Melanie Trede, "From Parergon to Ergon: The Malleability of Framings in Euro-Japanese Paintings"

III. Cosmological Elements in Ancient Tombs in East Asia
Chair/Organizer: Ariane Perrin (University Paris Diderot)
- Lillian Lan-ying Tseng (New York University), "Positioning Cardinal Emblems in Han Tombs"
- Natasa Vampelj Suhadolnik (University of Ljubljana), "Two Cosmogonic Deities–Fuxi and Nüwa–in Gansu Wei Jin Tombs with Murals"
- Ariane Perrin, "The Northern and Southern Dipper Constellations in the Koguryo Tombs Located in Northeastern China and in North Korea"
- Chao-Hui Jenny Liu (Princeton University), "Zhaoling and the Representation of Star Constellations in Tang (618-907 CE) China"
Discussant: Lukas Nickel (SOAS)

IV. New Perspectives on Chinese Gardens
Chair/Organizer: Alison Hardie (University of Leeds)
- Zhou Xiangpin (Tongji University), "Gardens for Entertainment as Commercial and Inter-cultural Public Spaces in 19th-century Shanghai"
- Bianca Maria Rinalidi (Università degli Studi di Camerino), "From China to the West: Reading the Qing Gardens"
- Gao Lei (ILP University of Life Sciences), "Huizhou Gardens as a Living Tradition: How Materials, Constructions, Layout and Meanings Reflect the Unique Geography and Culture of Huizhou"
- Gu Liyuan (University of Sheffield), "Construction Techniques of Rockwork from the Late Ming to Late Qing Dynasties"
- Josépha Richard (University of Sheffield), "Regions and Culture in the Gardens of China: Challenging the Concept of 'The Chinese Garden'"
- Wang Ting (University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei), " Huizhou Classical Private Garden's Inheritance, Development and Conservation: A Case Study of Biyuan, a Private Garden at the World Heritage Site Hongcun, China"
- Elena Voytishek (Novosibirsk State University), "Traditional Celebration of Poetry and Calligraphy Feast by the Meandering Stream in China, Korea, and Japan: Arts and Game Behavior as Social Ritual in Eastern Asia"

VI. Asian Art and More: Iconographic Dialogues in the Visual and Material
Chair/Organizer: Yuka Kadoi (University of Edinburgh)
- Sara Kuehn (NEC-Institute for Advanced Study, Romania), "On the Iconographic Theme and Cross-Cultural Diffusion of the 'Senmurv'"
- Yuka Kadoi, "Çintamani: An Iconographic Journey from Inner Eurasia to Ottoman Anatolia"
- Barbara Karl (MAK-Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst/Genenwarstkunst, Austria), "Ambiguous Iconographies: Indian Textiles for the Portuguese Market"
- Iván Szántó (Eötvös Loránd University), "Questioning the Original: Copying European Iconography in Persian Artistic Traditions (15th-19th Centuries)"

VII. The Representation of Tibet and the Himalayas in Material and Visual Culture
Chair/Organizer: Diana Lange (Humboldt University Berlin) and Brid Arthur (Ohio State University)
- Brid Arthur, "Portraits of Lhasa: Examining the Painted Representations of Tibet's Capital"
- Noor Jahan CHUNKA (Gypsys world, India), "Landscapes and Monasteries in Ladakhi Mural Paintings"
- Hans-Werner Klohe (Freie Universität Berlin), "The Lineage of the Lamdre Masters and Their Visual Representation in 16th-century Tibetan Art: A Study on Lamdre Statue Sets and Tibetan Art of Portraiture"
- Diana Lange, "The Visual Representation of 19th-century Tibet: the British Library's Wise Collection"
- Mareike Wulff (Humboldt University Berlin), "State Mask Dances as Unifier and Self-expression of Bhutanese (Cultural) Identity in the 20th & 21st Century"
- Lai Iman (National Palace Museum), "Nepalese Craftsmen at Emperor Qianlong's Court: A Set of Statuettes of Buddha and Tara, Dated 1745"

VIII. Complex Negotiations: Subversion and Performativity in Contemporary Art Practice in Mainland China
Chair/Organizer: Monica Merlin (Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific)
- Ros Holmes (University of Oxford), "Visual Culture and Digital Dissent in Contemporary China"
- Monica Merlin, "Subversion and the Politics of Gender in Art by Chinese Women"
- Wenny Teo (Courtauld Institute), "'Pao zhuan yin yu': The Brick as a Stratagem for Subversion in Contemporary Chinese Art"

IX. Production, Distribution and Appreciation: New Aspects on East Asian Lacquer Wares
Chair/Organizer: Margarete Prüch (Heidelberg University)
- Soon-Chim Jung (independent scholar, Münster), "Technical Innovation and Material Diversity: Tang Dynasty Lacquer Ware"
- Nanhee Lee (National Folk Museum of Korea), "A Study on an Early Goryeo Dynasty Lacquer Incense Box Decorated with Flora and Waterfowl Motifs"
- Patricia Frick (Museum of Lacquer Art, Germany), "Simplicity and Reserve: Song Dynasty Lacquer Ware"
- Margarete Prüch, "Han Dynasty Lacquer Boxes on the Crimea: Remarks on their possible Place of Manufacture and Distribution"
- Annette Kieser (University of Münster), "New Aspects on Six Dynasties Lacquer Ware"

X. New Approaches to Theory in Chinese Archaeology
Chair/Organizer: Nicholas Vogt (Heidelberg University) and Catrin Kost (Heidelberg University)
- Jeanette Werning (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museum), "The Archaeological Dictionary Chinese-German Project"
- Roderick Campbell (New York University), "Ancient States, Their Economies and the Myths That Surround Them (Anthropological and Otherwise)"
- Maria Khayutina (University of Munich), "Understanding New Archaeological Finds from the Western Zhou Period (ca. 1045-771 BCE) in China"
- Catrin Kost, "Taking Small Step(pe)s: Network Theory and the Investigation of Exchange processes in the Northern Chinese Steppe (5th-1st Centuries BCE)"
- Enno Giele (Heidelberg University), "The Archaeology of Stringed Defensive Works"
- Nicholas Vogt, "Collecting Bronzes, Collecting Ancestors: Theorizing Ancient Chinese Bronze Sets and Hoards"
- Svetlana Pankova (State Hermitage Museum), "Chinese Silks from the Oglakhty Cemetery, Southern Siberia"
Discussant: Lothar von Falkenhausen (University of California, Los Angeles)

Chair: Lothar van Falkenhausen
- Ondrej Škrabal (Peking University), "The Chen Ni fu Tray and the Problem of Forgery in Collections of Early Chinese Bronzes"
- Liu Yan (Hubei Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau), "Research on Decorative Patterns of Zeng State's Bronze Vessels"
- Celine Lai (Chinese University of Hong Kong), "Copies of the Shang Taotie Motifs in the Bronze-casting Workshops of the Yangtze River Regions"

Chinese Ceramics
Chair: Lucie Olivová (Palacký University)
- Sabrina Rastelli (Ca'Foscari University), "Red[defin]ing Song Ceramics in the Light of Recent Archaeological Finds"
- Heena Youn (SOAS), "The Cult and Imagery of Guanyin in Chinese Ceramic Sculpture"
- Wu Ruoming (Heidelberg University), "From Tradition to Transition: Decorative Style and Function of Kraak Porcelain"

Ritual and Symbolic Objects in Ancient China
Chair: An Jiayao (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
- Maria A. Kudinova (Novosibirsk State University), "Visiting the Little Demons"
- Jakub Marsálek (Charles University, Czech Republic), "Status and Ritual: Pig Lower Mandibles in the Graves of the Late Dawenkou and Shandong Longshan Cultures"
- Yu Xiyun (Wuhan University; Hubei Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau) and Wang Fengzhu (Wuhan University; Hubei Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau), "The Concepts of Yin-Yang Reflected on Paintings of Xiyin Pottery"
- Li Zhang (Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin), "How to Square a Circle: The Transmission and Social Meanings of Jade Bi and Cong"

Western Arts in Qing China
Chair: Lucie Olivová
- Guo Fuxiang (Palace Museum), "The Exchange and Mélange of Chinese and European Art: Research on Guangzhou Clocks in the Qing Dynasty"
- Niklas Leverenz (independent researcher, Hamburg), "Emperor Qianlong's East Turkestan Campaign Copperplate Engravings"
- Wang Lianming (Heidelberg University), "Visualizing the French Royal Power: Missionary Artists and the First European Garden in Early Modern China"

Han Archeology
Chair: Margarete Prüch
- An Jiayao, "The Archaeology and Demonstration of the Site of Daming Palace"
- Liu Yan (University of Oxford), "Illuminating Early Han Society, New Archaeological Discoveries in the Mid-Yangzi Region"
- Jirí Jakl (University of Queensland), "Silk in Pre-­Islamic Maritime Southeast Asia: Archeological, Inscriptional and Literary Evidence"

Old Printing and Painting in Japan
Chair: Melanie Trede
- FENG Heyang: “Fishing and Reclusion”: A Chinese Theme in Japanese Ink-paintings of the Fifteenth Century"
- Helena Honcoopová (independent scholar, Prague), "Shuten Dôji Emaki Five Scrolls with the Legend of the 'Monster from Mount Ôe,' 17th Century"
- Silvia Vesco (Ca'Foscari University), "Newly Discovered Ukiyoe Masterpieces in Venice Oriental Art Museum: A Special Focus on Katsushika Hokusai's Illustrated Books"

Asian Art Collections in Europe
Chair: Hans Bjarne Thomsen (University of Zürich)
- Chikako Shigemori Bucar (University of Ljubljana), "Japan and East Asia in 1920s: Artifacts Brought back by Alma Karlin and Archived in Slovenia"
- Michelle Ying-ling Huang (Lingnan University, Hong Kong), "Crossing the Boundary between Tradition and Abstraction: The Display of Modern Chinese Paintings in 1960s Britain"
- Regina Höfer (University of Bonn), "Practices of Colonial Photography in South Asia: Examples of Image Commission and Circulation"
- Filip Suchomel (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague), "Chinese Porcelain in Czech Aristocratic Collections in the 18th and 19th Century"
- Helena Reddington (SOAS), "Highgatehill Murugan Temple"

Contemporary Art in China
Chair: Wenny Teo
- Daniela Zhang Cziráková (Slovak Academy of Sciences), "Writing without Words–An Influence of the Chinese Calligraphy on the Contemporary Ink Painting in the Mainland China"
- Voon Pow Bartlett (Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific), "A Very Short Introduction to Chinese Art History"
- Zhou Weiwei (Yunnan University), "Contemporary Dongba Arts and the Revival of Ancient Dongba Pictograph in the Old Town of Lijiang"

Chinese Painting
Chair: Sarah Fraser (Heidelberg University)
- Jekaterina Koort (Tallinn University), "Landscape Painting in a Moral and Political Discourse of the Song Dynasty China"
- Kristína Schröder (University of Zürich), "Book Illustrations in Late Imperial China: Did Honglou meng Illustrations Serve as Visual Scaffolding for People of Inadequate Literacy?"
- Lucie Olivová, "Chen Shizeng and His Peking Street Characters"
- Chung Yupin (Burrell Collection), "Exposing China: John Thomson's Shanshui"

Buddhist Cave Temples
Chair: Shing Müller
- Ladislav Stanco (Charles University, Czech Republic), "Buddhist Art and Architecture of Western Central Asia: Remarks on Chronology"
- Nicoletta Celli (Università di Bologna), "Unseen Details: Clues for a History of Early Buddhist Art in China"
- Katerina Svobodová (Charles University, Czech Republic), "The Western Motifs in the Decoration of the Yungang Caves"
- Mei-Yen Lee (National Pingtung University of Education, Taiwan), "The Musical Iconography in the Sixth Grotto in Yungang Grottoes of Mainland China"

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Ming: 50 Years That Changed China events

British Museum
London, UK

[from British Museum and courtesy of Y. Luk, 8/9/14]

26 September
Jessica Harrison-Hall (British Museum), Curator's introduction

3 October
Yu-Ping Luk (British Museum), Curator's introduction

9-11 October
"Ming: Courts and Contacts 1400–1450" conference

Craig Clunas, Welcome

Panel I: City and architecture
Chair: Jan Stuart (British Museum)
- Jonathan Hay (New York University), "Green Beijing: Ecologies of the New Capital"
- Clarence Eng (School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)), "The Porcelain Pagoda: A Persisting Enigma"
- Aurelia Campbell (Boston College), "Tracing the Spread of Court Architecture to the Margins in the Early Ming Dynasty"

Panel II: Courts and objects
Chair: Stacey Pierson (SOAS)
- Craig Clunas, "Precious Stones and Ming Culture, 1400-1450"
- Jessica Harrison-Hall (British Museum), "Early Ming Court Ceramics"
- Maggie Chui Ki Wan (Chinese University of Hong Kong), "Enshrining the Dark Troops: The Printing of Daoist Books in the Early Ming Dynasty"
- Helen Wang (British Museum) and Caroline Cartwrigh (British Museum), "Money in the Ming Dynasty"

Panel III: Courts and people
Chair: Regina Krahl (independent scholar)
- Joseph Lam (University of Michigan), "Zhu Quan and His Princely Production and Consumption of Music in Early Ming China"
- Luk Yu-ping (British Museum), "The Empress' Dragon Crown: Symbols of Imperial Authority in the Early Ming"
- Peter Ditmanson (University of Oxford), "Yongle's Officials and the Fashioning of His Legacy"

Panel IV: Courts and paintings
- Yin Ji'nan (Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing), "Interactions between Civil Official Groups in Jiangxi and Court Painters of the Zhe School"
- Yu Hui (Palace Museum, Beijing), "Zhu Bang and Paintings of the Forbidden City"
- Karl Debreczeny (Rubin Museum of Art), "The Early Ming Imperial Atelier on the Tibetan Frontier"

Panel IV: Beliefs Chair: Jessica Rawson (University of Oxford)
- Marsha Haufler (University of Kansas), "Portraying Ming Monks"
- Lina Lin (National Palace Museum), "Gifts of Good Fortune and Praise-Songs for Peace: Images of Auspicious Portents and Panegyrics from the Yongle Period"
- Yuan Wenqing (Hubei Provincial Museum), "Religious Consciousness and Beliefs in Burial Goods from the Tombs of Ming Princes of Hubei Province"
- Shih Ching-fei (National Taiwan University), "The New Idea of Ritual Vessels in the Early Ming Dynasty"

Panel VI: Military and rulership
Chair: Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick)
- David Robinson (Colgate University), "Justifying Ming Rulership on a Eurasian Stage"
- Kenneth Swope (University of Southern Mississippi), "Entering the Quagmire: Concerning Ming China's Decision to Intervene in Vietnam in the Early 15th Century"
- Tansen Sen (Baruch College), "Trade, Diplomacy, and War: The Yongle Emperor and Ming China's South Asian Frontier"

Panel VII: Maritime Ming
Chair: Elizaeth Lambourn (De Monfort University)
- Geoffrey Wade (Australian National University), "Domination in Four Keys: Ming China and Its Southern Neighbours 1400-1450"
- Sally Church (University of Cambridge), "Investigating Zheng He's Ships: What Is Known and Knowable?"
- Zhao Zhongnan (Palace Museum), "Exploring the Reasons for the End of Zheng He's Maritime Expeditions"
- Qin Dashu (Peking University), "On Ming Ceramics Discovered in Kenya"

Panel VIII: Shared cultural models
Chair: Timothy Clark (British Museum)
- Sarah Schneewind (University of California, San Diego), "From Three Bonds to Five Relationships: Did a Joseon Book Inspire the Last Great Ming Imperial Instruction?"
- Lee Soomi (National Museum of Korea), "Building the Cultural Authority in Early Joseon Korea (1400-1450)"
- Yukio Lippit (Harvard University), "Sino-Japanese Ink: Ashikaga Envoys to the Ming and Muromachi Monk-Painters"

Pael IX: Cross-cultural exchanges
Chair: Ladan Akbarnia (British Museum)
- Timothy Brook (University of British Columbia), "Traffic in the Early Ming"
- Carla Nappi (University of British Columbia), "Trees and Stones are Only What They Are: Translating Ming Empire in the Fifteenth Century"
- Priscilla Soucek (New York University), "Looking East, Looking West: The Artistic Connections of Timurid Iran with Ming China"

John Darwin (University of Oxford), Discussion and reflections of empire

Craig Clunas, Closing remarks

16 October
Craig Clunas (University of Oxford), Curator's introduction

18 October
Jessica Rawson (University of Oxford), "China and Her Neighbours from the Mongols to the Ming"

24 October
Frances Wood (independent scholar), "The Forbidden City"

24 October
Susan Naquin (Princeton University), "Ming Beijing"

31 October
Craig Clunas, Curator's introduction

6 November
Study room talk: "Chinese Painting"
Clarissa von Spee (British Museum) introduces some examples of Chinese painting from around the 14th to 16th centuries, with a focus on the early Ming dynasty.

14 November
Elizabeth Lambourn, "The Indian Ocean at the Time of Zheng He"

15 November
Yu-Ping Luk, Curator's introduction

21 November
Dora Thornton (British Museum), "Why Does the Period 1400–1450 Matter in World History?"

4 December
Caroline Campbell (National Gallery), "Andrea Mantegna's Adoration of the Magi and Its Ming Connection"

5 December
"Global China: Past and Present"
Chair: Rana Mitter (University of Oxford), with Jonathan Fenby (Trusted Sources), Steve Tsang (University of Nottingham), Elizabeth Wright (China Policy Institute), and Linda Yueh (BBC)

11 December
Jessica Harrison-Hall, Curator's introduction

12 December
Study room talk: "Chinese Prints: Drawing from the Past"
Mary Ginsberg (British Museum) introduces examples of work from contemporary Chinese printmakers who take inspiration from traditional Ming styles and techniques, and compares these with examples of prints from the late Ming dynasty.

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"Seismic Histories and Rupture Probabilities: Photographic Perspectives on Japanese Earthquakes"

Stephen Vaughan (Plymouth University; Bath Spa University)
in the conference "Exploring Environmental Photography"
Universität Bern
1-3 October 2014

[from H-Arthist, 9/22/14]

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"A Panorama of Visions: Religion and Empiricism in 19th-Century Pilgrimage Maps of Mt. Wutai"

Wen-Shing Chou (Hunter College)
in "19th-Century Workshop: Circulation"
Rutgers University
2-3 October 2014

[from "Meredith L. McGill", 9/29/14]

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Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies

Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
3-4 October 2014

[from WCAAS, 10/3/14; select panels/papers listed below]

Panel 4: Masterful Illusions: Differing Perspectives in Japanese Woodblock Prints
Chair and discussant: Deborah A. Deacon (Harrison Middleton University)
- Laurie Petrie-Rogers (Petrie-Rogers Gallery), "Earthquakes and Giant Catfish in Japanese Prints"
- Shiloh Blair McMurtrey (Arizona State University), "Helen Hyde in Japan: The Artist and the Entrepreneur"
- Joni Koehn (Rio Salado College), "State to Print: The Noh Theatre in the Works of Tsukioka Kagyo and Tsukioka Gyokusei"

Panel 8: New Approaches in Chinese Painting and Visual Culture
Co-chairs and discussants: Claudia Brown (Arizona State University) and Elizabeth Kindall (University of St. Thomas)
- Le Lu (Arizona State University), "Shan Gui: From Religious Text to Visual Representation"
- Yang Wu (Arizona State University), "Images and Patterns: Illustrations of Fingerings in Handbooks for the Chinese Seven-Stringed Zither in Mid-to-Late Ming"
- Elizabeth Kindall, "Place Paintings as Pictorial Biographies"
- Momoko Welch (Arizona State University), "Un Nanden and Yun Nantien: The Perception of Yun Shouping in Early Modern Japan"
- Sherry Harlacher (Denison Museum, Denison University), "Colonial Agents and the Construction of Knowledge: Two Case Studies from a College Museum's Permanent Collection"
- Zachary Forstrom (University of St. Thomas), "The Imitation and Fragmentation of Space: Yang Yongliang's Phantom Landscapes"

Panel 15: Missiology and the Mormon Experience in Early Twentieth-Century Japan
- Michael Hubbard MacKay (Brigham Young University) and Jack Koch (Brigham Young University), "The Pictures of Jay C. Jensen: A Unique Glimpse into Early Twentieth-Century Japan"

Panel 24: Gender, Status, and Authority in the Edo Period and Contemporary Japan
- Motoko Ezaki (Occidental College), "Portrayals of Authority in Rakugo"

Panel 26: Contemporary China
- Meiqin Wang (California State University, Northridge), "The Reign of Things: Consuming Everyday Life in Urban China"

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New England Association for Asian Studies

University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
3-4 October 2014

[from NEAAS, 10/3/14; select panels/papers listed below]

Session 4B: Re-Seeing Asian Visual Cultures
- Margo Machida (University of Connecticut), "Diasporic Art and Trans-Pacific Flows"
- Michael Maynard (Temple University), "Branding Japanese Localism with a Black Bear Mascot: Toward an Integrated Strategy of Adult-Cute"
- Sadia Pasha Kamran (University of the Punjab), "An Anthology of Narratives: Pakistani Art from Romanticism to Social Cynicism"
- SooJin Kim (Seoul National University), "Gold Paintings of Choson-Korea in Times of Crisis”"

Session 5A: Global Currents and Globalized Flows
- Amy Zhang (Yale University), "Knowledge, Materiality, and Value in Urban China's Scrap Trade"

Session 5B: Performance, Photography, and Philosophy
- Li-Lin Tseng (Pittsburg State University), "Arrested Civilization: John Thomson and His Travel Photography"

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Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS) and the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) joint conference

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
3-5 October 2014

[from KU, 10/4/14; select panels/papers listed below]

Panel 2: Encounters in East Asia
- Li-Lin Tseng (Pittsburgh State University), "An Early Colonial Encounter: John Thomson and His Travel Photography, Illustrations of China and Its People, 1873-1874"

Panel 4: Art and Architecture in Pre-modern China
- Janet Chen (University of Kansas), "Thirteen Female Disciples Seeking Instruction at the Lake Pavilion: A Group of Unconventional Women and the Man Who Supported Them"
- Yuling Huang (University of Louisville), "A Modern Interpretation of an Ancient Design: Fu Baoshi's Yuntai Shan Tu"

Panel 8: Revising 20th Century Visual Cultures in East Asia
- Maki Kaneko (University of Kansas), "Art across a Boundary: 'Asylum Art' in the 1950s Post-surrender Japan"
- Kris Imants Ercums (University of Kansas), "Collective Agency: Exhibition Culture and Artist Societies in 1920s Shanghai"
- Alison Miller (University of Kansas), "Mass Media Monarchy: Empress Teimei, Newspaper Photography, and Changing Imperial Roles in Early 20th-century Japan"
- Samantha Lyons (University of Kansas), "Reimagining the Past: Transnational Feminist Representations of the 'Military Comfort Women'"
- Eun Young Park (University of Kansas), "Translated Identity, Art, and Culture: Site-specific Reading of Yiso Bahc's Works"

Panel 16: MJS Workshop 2
- Martha Chaiklin (University of Pittsburgh), "Ivory in Early Modern Japan"
The MJS panels are workshops with pre-circulated papers. Others may attend, but should be aware that most participants will have already read the paper.

Panel 24: Expanding the Territory of Japanese Buddhist Art and Culture
- Yen-yi Chan (University of Kansas), "Buddhist Icons and Family History: Images in the Kofukuji Nanendo and the Fujiwara Family"
- Mary Dusenbury (University of Kansas), "Radiant Light: Aureoles Surrounding Heian Period Buddhist Icons"
- Sherry Fowler (University of Kansas), "Grasping the Divine in the Palm of Your Hand"
- YeGee Kwon (University of Kansas), "Embracing Death and the Afterlife: The Cult of Enma at Rokuharamitsuji"
- Eric Rath (University of Kansas), "Hell's Kitchen and the Joy of Cooking: Culinary Themes in Kumano Mandala"
Discussant: Sherry Fowler

Panel 31: Trade, Enterprise and Change in Asia
- Yufeng Wang (Sinclair Community College), "Pax Mongolica: The Flowering of the Silk Road and Cultural Diffusion in Yuan China"

Panel 32: Japanese Culture and Society
- Mindy Landeck (University of Kansas), "Tale of Two Tea Masters: Furuta Oribe, Hosokawa Sansai, and the Construction of a Chanoyu Orthodoxy in Early Modern Japan"

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"Cultural Mediation: Creativity, Performance, Display"

6th Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context"
Heidelberg University
8-10 October 2014

[from "Asia and Europe", 9/11/14; select panels/papers listed below]

Mediating Art and Art Criticism in Times of Crises: Japan, China, and Europe in the Mid-Twentieth Century
Chair: Melanie Trede (Heidelberg University)
- Michael Lucken (INALCO), "Looking at Another Germany: Nakai Masakazu and Sekai bunka 1935-1937"
- Melanie Trede, "Curating as Spectacle of Politics, Diplomacy, and Mediatization: Otto Kümmel and the 1939 'Old Japanese Art Exhibition' in Berlin"
- Sarah E. Fraser (Heidelberg University), "The Chinese Artist and the Transcultural Moment During the Sino-Japanese War"

Transcultural Sartorial Mediations: Performing Identity, Nation, and Modernity through Fashion
- Paola Zamperini (Northwestern University), "Chen Man's Absolute Rules. Intimate Bodies and Public Narratives in 21st century Chinese Visual Culture"

Migrating Images as Transcultural Mediators
Chair: Henry Keazor (Heidelberg University)
- Cathrine Bublatzky (Heidelberg University), "Moving Images: The Politicization of an Artistic Video in Indian-Chinese Context"
- Angelika Böck (visual artist), "On Portrait as Dialogue: A Dialogue"

Building the City Image: Culture, Creativity, and Contemporary Art
- Meiqin Wang (California State University, Northridge), "Power, Profit, and Creative Freedom: Art and the City in Contemporary China"
- Minna Valjakka (University of Helsinki), "Negotiating the Space of Creativity: Urban Art Images for More Livable City Image in China and Japan"

The Display of Words and Narratives in Museum Space: A Transcultural Reading
- Emily Graf (Heidelberg University), "Spatial Biographies of an Author: Telling the Life of Lu Xun in Museum Space"

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Southeastern College Art Conference

Sarasota, FL
8-11 October 2014

[from SECAC, 10/19/14; select papers listed below]

- Julia C. Fischer (Lamar University), "The Monuments Men in Japan"
- Leslie Wallace (Coastal Carolina University), "Shoes for the Dead: Examples from Han Dynasty Tombs"
- Amanda Wright (University of South Carolina), "Misty Vistas and Dreamy Minority Women: Primitivism, Nationalism, and Painting in Wartime China"

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"Trauma and Utopia: Interactions in Post-War and Contemporary Art in Asia"

Mori Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan
9-10 October 2014

[from MAM, 10/10/14]

The Mori Art Museum and the Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific of London, established in 2012, jointly present a symposium on "Trauma and Utopia." The symposium explores mutual interactions and trans-national impacts in art in Asia from the immediate post-war years through the present. The diverse pace of political and social developments in different nations resulted the varied stages of development in the recovery from the war, democratization, modernization and urbanization across Asia, and "trauma" and "utopia" stand as keywords both for looking at the past and for considering a better future. In the meantime, the theory and practice of art have taken on global dimensions, giving rise to an intellectual task to challenge the Euro-American, twentieth-century canons and to examine artistic interchanges and influences within Asia.

In this symposium, academics and curators from around the globe will gather to discuss a wide range of topics, from artistic engagements in political and social development and the urban landscape around Asia, to the notions of utopia and dystopia in the recovery from post-war period to the present in the field of performance art, and the individual artists' practice that reflect the ideas of trauma and utopia amongst other pertinent topics.


Nanjo Fumio (Mori Art Museum), Opening Remarks

Nigel Llewellyn (Tate Research Centre), Introduction of the Program

Session 1: Towards Utopia
- Kataoka Mami (Mori Art Museum), Introduction of Session 1
- Sohl Lee (Stony Brook University), "Democracy in Urban Space: Flying City's Cheonggyecheon Project (2003-2009), Seoul"
- Francis Maravillas (University of Technology, Sydney), "Participation and Place-Making in ruangrupa and Keg de Souza's Vertical Villages"
- Nina Horisaki-Christens (Columbia University), "A Troubled Landscape: Political Subjectivity in Late 1960s and Early 1970s Japanese Photography"
Moderator: Watanabe Toshio (Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific)

Session 2: Performing Politics
- Nigel Llewellyn, Introduction of Session 2
- Lucy Weir ( University of Glasgow), "Embodying Postwar Trauma: Examining the Fragmented body in the Performance of Tatsumi Hijikata, Gunger Brus and Rudolf Schwarzkogler"
- Rakhee Balaram (University at Albany, The State University of New York), "Bride Stripped Bare: Yoko Ono's Cut Piece, Trauma and the Politics of Performance (1964/2003/2012)"
- Stephen Barber (Kingston University; Freie Universität Berlin) and Fran Lloyd (Kingston University), "Challenging the Frames of Performance: Memory, Trauma and Activism in the Multimedia and Interdisciplinary Performance Practices of Dumb Type in 1990s Japan"
- Ishitani Haruhiro (Konan Institute of Human and Sciences), "Scanning and Flashing Memory: Haunting images and Sensibility in the Work of Takatani Shiro from 90s to Present"
Moderator: Sook-Kyung Lee (Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific)


Session 3: Post-traumatic Landscape
- Kataoka Mami, Introduction of Session 3
- Keynote speech: Hatakeyama Naoya (photographer) in conversation with Majella Munro (Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific)
- Nakamori Yasufumi (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), "Re-Ruined Utopia: Arata Isozaki's 'Electric Labyrinth' (1968)"
- Kajiya Kenji (Kyoto City University of Arts), "Atomic Bomb for Sightseeing: Kimura Ihei's photographs in a Travel Guide to Hiroshima"
- Chanon (Kenji) Praepipatmongkol (University of Michigan), "Redza Piyadasa's The Great Malaysian Landscape and the Problem of National Representation in 1970s Malaysia"
Moderator: Hayashi Michio (Sophia University)

Session 4: Transforming the Present
- Sook-Kyung Lee, Introduction of Session 4
- Peggy Wang (Bowdoin College), "The Global Space of Violence in Contemporary Chinese Video Art"
- Tomii Reiko (PoNJA-GenKon), "For Post Fukushima Humanity: Matsuzawa Yutaka's Critique of Material Civilization"
- Woo Jung-Ah (Postech), "Do-Ho Suh's Phantom House and Traumatic Nostalgia"
- Monica Merlin (Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific), "Whose Utopia, Factory-scape and the Ecology of the Chinese Dream"
Moderator: Kataoka Mami

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American Association for Chinese Studies

56th Annual Conference
George Washington University
Washington, DC
10-12 October 2014

[from AACS, 10/13/14; panels/papers relating to visual/material culture listed below]

3B. Antiquarians, Avant-gardists, and Cartoonists: Making Modern Chinese Art in the Republic Period (1928-1936)
Chair: Madeline L. Gent (University of Maryland, College Park)
- Jingmin Zhang (University of Maryland, College Park), "Traditional Art and Nationalism Seen in the Journal of the Chinese Painting Research Society"
- Xiaoqing Zhu (University of Maryland, College Park), "The Storm Society (Juelanshe) Revisited"
- Madeline Gent, "The First National Cartoon Exhibition and the Development of Modern Manhua in China"
Discussant: Jason Kuo (University of Maryland, College Park)

3F: Individual Papers: Topics in Modern Chinese History
- Juanjuan Peng (Georgia Southern University), "From the Japanese Occupation to the Communist Liberation: The Transformation of a Chinese Textile Manufacturer in the 1940s and 1950s"

5F. Individual Papers: Topics in Chinese Studies
- Stephen Lane (China Central Academy of Fine Arts), "The Influence of China as Site: Art Making, Experiment and Process at the China Central Academy of Fine Art International Summer Studio Art Program"
- Claire Yi Yang (University of California, Berkeley), "Geomancy of Tombs in the Tang Dynasty (618-907): A Study of the Integration and Transformation of Elite Culture"

6D. Individual Papers: Culture and Film in a Changing China
- Sterling Larsen (George Washington University), "Visual Culture and Thought Work in the People's Republic of China"

6E. Individual Papers: Rising China and the China Dream
- H. Seung Cho (Columbia University), "Alternative Architect: China's Rise and the Competition over East Asia's Institutional Architecture"

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"Between Region and Discipline"

National Taiwan University and SOAS postgraduate conference
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
13 October 2014

[courtesy of S. McCausland, 10/8/14]

Shane McCausland (SOAS), Opening remarks

Panel one: Space and Meaning
Chair: Ching-fei Shih (NTU)
- Tian S. Liang (SOAS), "Forging a Commemorative Space: Art, Nation and Politics in the Nanjing Decade (1928-37)"
- Lu-wen Hu (NTU), "From Desert to Garden: A Study of the Origin of Kaitai tu"
- Angela Becher (SOAS), "Sublime Dwarfs: Miniaturised Skyscrapers in Chinese Contemporary Art"
Discussant: Yin Hwang (University of Hong Kong)

Panel two: Materiality and Movement
Chair: Stacey Pierson (SOAS)
- Kokhuon Kayssa Sia (NTU), "Qing Court Interest in Mechanical Clocks: The Artistry of Guangzhou Clock-Making"
- Marine Cabos (SOAS), "Publishing Landscape Photography: The Commercial Press of Shanghai and Its Book Series Scenic China"
- Lingwei Yu (NTU), "On Bronzes with Copper Inlay during the Eastern Zhou"
Discussant: Robert L. Hall (SOAS)

Panel three: Visuality and Identity
Chair: Dr LU Hui-wen (NTU)
- Malcolm McNeill (SOAS), "Incarnations of a Master: Liang Kai"
- Che-Wei (Jerway) Liang (NTU), "Paintings of Freight Carts under Mongol Rule"
Discussant: HSU Han (NTU)

Shane McCausland, Closing remarks and summation

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"Hirado's Earlier Figurines and Models: Delights for an Elite"

David Hyatt King (collector)
Oriental Ceramic Society
London, UK
13 October 2014

[from OCS, 10/13/14]

Hirado porcelain, made at Mikawachi for the Lords Matsura of Hirado Island, has long been celebrated as one of Japan's outstanding porcelains. Recent studies in the archives and at archaeological sites have confirmed the antiquity, prestige and charm of these porcelains. They subtly blend Chinese subjects and Western naturalism into a fine Japanese achievement. Few earlier models, 1650-1830, have been ordered into a sensible time framework. This paper builds on the known dates to supply a sensible chronology. Many fine figurines were initially made for presentation by the Matsuras. The paper starts to distinguish these from the later, less well finished commercial examples out of the same moulds.

David Hyatt King started collecting Song Jun ware in 1964, under the guidance of Soame Jenyns. He then turned to Japanese porcelain of all periods, especially Kyushu and Kyoto porcelains. Early influences included the Percival David collection and he has never lost his enthusiasm for the finest Chinese. David presented a substantial collection of Hirado porcelain to various museums after Gerald Reitlinger died in 1978. He lent extensively to Meiji, Japanese Art in Transition, The Hague, 1987. He actively participated in the The Lost Century (1998) exhibition in Edinburgh & Cambridge. His lifelong enthusiasm for Hirado lead to papers in TO

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Chigusa and the Art of Tea in Japan events

16 October
Louise Cort (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery), "Chigusa, a Much-Admired Jar Full of Tea"
Princeton University Art Museum

[from PUAG, 10/13/14]

7-8 November 2014
"Chigusa in Context: In and Around Chanoyu in Sixteenth-Century Japan" symposium
Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
[from Tang Center, 9/30/14]

"Chigusa in Context" will focus on the tea-leaf storage jar named Chigusa and the broader production and appreciation of the arts within which it thrived in the sixteenth century. The jar was made in China sometime in the thirteenth or fourteenth century as a utilitarian container, and only after arriving in Japan was it admired aesthetically, given its name, and employed as a respected storage vessel for tea. This elevation in status took place within chanoyu, the practice of drinking bowls of whisked powdered tea while in a specially designed architectural space equipped with a range of objects selected for the participants’ appreciation. Chanoyu, however, was not pursued in isolation, and Chigusa and its admirers inevitably intersected with other artists and aspects of Japanese culture. "Chigusa in Context" will examine this expansive art world during the century of the jar’s greatest acclaim.

Keynote Lecture: Takeuchi Jun'ichi (Eisei-Bunko Museum), "The Art of Tea in Sixteenth-Century Japan"

Morning Session
Chair: Andrew Watsky (Princeton University)
- Morgan Pitelka (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Ceramics and Warrior Sociability in Sixteenth-Century Japan"
- Andrew Hare (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery), "Show and Tell: Reformatting the Context of a Rikyû Letter"
- Tomoko Sakomura (Swarthmore College), "Changing Hands: Teika, Waka, and Calligraphy in Sixteenth-Century Japan"
- Thomas Hare (Princeton University), "Professionals and Amateurs on the Sixteenth-Century Stage"
- Steven D. Owyoung (independent scholar), "Drinking from the Dragon's Well: The Art of Tea and the Aesthetic Ideals of the Ming Literati"

Afternoon Session
Chair: Louise Cort
- Oka Yoshiko (Otemae University), "From Gusoku to Dôgu: The Changing Value of Things"
- Melissa Rinne (Kyoto National Museum), "Dressing Chigusa: Meibutsu Textiles for a Meibutsu Jar
- Matthew McKelway (Columbia University), "Eitoku's Doves"
- Melissa McCormick (Harvard University), "The Wa-kan Dialectic circa 1560: Painting, Poetry, and Tea"

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The Making of the Humanities IV

Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome
Rome, Italy
16-18 October 2014

[from H-Arthist, 10/13/14; select panels/papers listed below]

10. Cultural (Mis)Connections I
- Thijs Weststeijn (University of Amsterdam), "The Chinese Challenge: Accommodating East Asia in 17th-century European Antiquarianism"

12. Cultural (Mis)Connections II
- Beate Löffler (University of Duisburg-Essen), "Japanese Architecture and the Consequences of Disconnected Disciplines"

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"Soft Edges and Blank Spaces: Mapping Ambiguities of Cinquecento China"

Irene Backus (Oklahoma State University)
in the Sixteenth Century Society Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA
16-19 October 2014

[from SCSC, 10/19/14]

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"Reconsidering Pictures of Yoshiwara Beauties"

Julie Nelson Davis (University of Pennsylvania)
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus
Tokyo, Japan
17 October 2014

[from H-NET, 10/2/14]

In this presentation, Dr. Davis will take a closer look at the Seirô bijin awase sugata kagami (The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared), illustrated by Kitao Shigemasa and Katsukawa Shunshô, and published in An'ei 5 (1776) by Tsutaya Jûzaburô and Yamazaki Kinbei. By reading this book against period guidebooks to the licensed quarter, she will reconsider the book's materiality and representational program, proposing that it was part of a larger collaborative enterprise.

Julie Nelson Davis is an associate professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and this semester is visiting professor at the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. Davis received her B.A. from Reed College, studied in Japan as a Monbushô fellow at Gakushûin University, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She is the author of Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty, published by Reaktion Books and the University of Hawai'i Press in 2007. She has published widely on ukiyo-e, and her new book, Partners in Print: Artistic Collaboration and the Ukiyo-e Market (from which this talk is drawn), will be published by the University of Hawai'i Press in 2015.

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"Art Brut – Japan – Switzerland"

Zürich and St. Gallen, Switzerland
17-18 October 2014

[from H-Arthist, 10/8/14]


Hans Bjarne Thomsen (University of Zurich) and Monika Jagfeld (Museum im Lagerhaus), Welcoming remarks

Panel 1: Basic Concepts
Chair: Prof. Dr. Bettina Gockel (University of Zurich)
- Daniel Baumann (Adolf Wölfli-Stiftung; Museum of Fine Arts Bern), "Outsider Switzerland"
- Johann Feilacher (Museum Gugging, Vienna), "Gugging: The Development from Psychiatry to an Art Museum"
- Roger Cardinal (University of Kent), "Responding to Outsider Art"

Panel 2: Japan and Art Brut
Chair: Daniel Studer (Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum, St. Gallen)
- Satomi Yamamoto (Kyoritsu Women's University), "The Construction of Discrimination, Dread, and Salvation: Depiction of Outsiders in Japanese Medieval Narrative Handscrolls"
- Mario Del Curto (Art Brut Photographer), ""Could Photography Reveal an Interior World?"
- Shunroku Okudaira (Osaka University), "Omnipresence of Foreign Cultures: Original Images of Assorted Sages"

Ryuhei Maeda (Japanese Embassy in Switzerland), Michael Hengartner (University of Zurich), and Peter Schorer (Museum im Lagerhaus/Stiftung für schweizerische Naive Kunst und Art Brut), Special greetings

Keynote Speaker: Edward Gomez (Raw Vision), "Japanese Art Brut: The International Context"


Hans Bjarne Thomsen and Monika Jagfeld, Welcoming remarks

Panel 3: Art Brut as Exhibition
Chair: Michaela Reichel (Textilmuseum St. Gallen)
- Mizue Kobayashi (Aiseikai Tokyo), "The Birthplaces of the Fascination and the Artworks of Japanese Art Brut"
- Sarah Lombardi (Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne), "The Collection de l'Art Brut and the Dissident Productions of Japan: Encounters and Collaborations"
- Kengô Kitaoka (Shiga Prefectural Social Welfare Organization), "The Cooperation of Governmental Agencies in the Promotion of Art Brut in Japan"

Panel 4: Art Brut in the Academia Chair: Kathrin Linder (Museum im Lagerhaus)
- Bettina Gockel (University of Zurich), "Art Brut as Seen by an Art History Professor"
- Sarah Rebecca Schmid (University of Zurich), "The Biographies of Art Brut Artists - A Closer Look"

Hans Bjarne Thomsen and Monika Jagfeld, Final discussions and remarks

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"Intra-Asian Connections: Interactions, Flows, Landscapes"

University of Copenhagen
22-24 October 2014

[from Copenhagen, 10/19/14; panels/papers relating to visual/material culture listed below]

Travel along the Silk Roads
- Ildikó Bellér-Hann (University of Copenhagen), "Chronicling the Turfan expeditions: the German Archaeologist Albert von Le Coq in Xinjiang"
- Jacqueline Armijo (Qatar University), "Saraab/Mirage: A Contemporary Chinese Artist Reimagines the Passages of Travelersand Traders along the Silk Routes"

Popular Cultures in and of and out of Asia
- Manuela Ciotti, (Aarhus University), "Mumbai in Shanghai and Back: Biennale Imaginaries, City Projects, and the India-China Contemporary Art Traffic"

Keynote lecture: Adam T. Smith (Cornell University), "Barbarians, Backwaters, and the Civilization Machine: Integration and Interruption Across Asia's Early Bronze Age Landscape"

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"Trade in Animals and Animal Products in the Indian Ocean World from Early Times to c. 1900"

Indian Ocean World Centre
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
23-24 October 2014

[from IOWC, 10/21/14; select panels/papers listed below]

China and its trade routes
- Derek Heng (Yale–NUS College), "The Ivory Trade Across The Indian Ocean World As Depicted In Chinese Textual Records: First And Early Second Millennium AD"

Embassies and company trade
- Michael Laver (Rochester Institute of Technology), "The Shogun's Menagerie: The Dutch East India Company, Exotic Animals, and Gift Giving in Early Modern Japan"

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Universities Art Association of Canada / L'Association d'art des universités du Canada Conference 2014

OCAD University
Toronto, ON
23-26 October 2014

[from UAAC/AAUC, 10/23/14; select panels/papers listed below]

Reading Small Texts in Global Perspective
- Robert E. Harrist, Jr. (Columbia University), "Small Writing and Picture Stones in China"

At the Intersection of Art History and the Art Market: Navigating The Business of Art
- Susan Jarosi (University of Louisville) and James Bloom (Centre College), "The Other 99%: The Art Market as Representation"

Critical Play: A Call to Play
- Skot Deeming (independent scholar), "Betwixt New Media Art and Games: The Work of Toshio Iwai"

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"Retrieving the Lost and the Obscure in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Art: A Case Study of Lin Fengmian"

Yao Wu (Stanford University)
in "Facing the Unknown: Anonymity in the History of Art"
The 40th Annual Cleveland Symposium
Cleveland Museum of Art
24 October 2014

[from Cleveland Symposium, 10/27/14]

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Parallel Realities artists' talk

David Elliott (Triangle Art Network/Gasworks) in conversation
with artists Gade, Kesang Lamdark, Nortse, Tenzing Rigdol and Tsherin Sherpa
ARNDT Berlin
26 October 2014

[from Rossi + Rossi, 10/23/14]

David Elliott is a curator and writer who has directed contemporary art museums and related institutions in Oxford, Stockholm, Tokyo, Istanbul, Sydney and Kiev. He was President of CIMAM (the International Committee of ICOM for museums of modern and contemporary art) from 1998 to 2004, and is currently President of the Board of Triangle Art Network/Gasworks in London, Chairman of MOMENTUM in Berlin, a member of the Asia Advisory Board of the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and a Visiting Professor in Curatorship at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. A specialist in Soviet and Russian avant-garde, as well as in modern and contemporary Asian art, David Elliott has published widely in these fields as well as on many other aspects of contemporary art.

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"An Imperial Imagination"

Nancy Berliner (Museum of Fine Arts Boston)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, VA
30 October 2014

[from VMFA, 10/19/14]

Join Dr. Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, for a talk that explores the Forbidden City's Qianlong Garden. Designed inside and out by the Qianlong Emperor, the garden contains 26 buildings and pavilions, and is a thrilling manifestation of this emperor's visual imagination.

One of the world's greatest art connoisseurs, the 18th century Qianlong Emperor collected a myriad of ancient masterpieces but also relished his privileged opportunity to work with the finest artists and artisans to design and create all manner of inspired objects. With a deep knowledge of Chinese artistic traditions and a hungry interest in European aesthetics and styles, he and his workers produced extraordinary porcelains, trompe-l'oeil murals, and fantastical garden estates, the likes of which had never before been seen in China.

[In conjunction with the exhibition Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing (18 October 2014- 11 January 2015)]

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"Ancient Chinese Bronzes: Art & Technology"

Robert Bagley (Princeton University)
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Minneapolis, MN
30 October 2014

[courtesy of Y. Liu, 10/24/14]

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"Li Yuan-chia's Cupboard of Slides"

Susanne Neubauer (independent curator and art historian)
in the conference "Curatorial Things"
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Berlin, Germany
30 October - 1 November 2014

[from H-Arthist, 10/15/14]

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"Transcultural Framing(s): Materials and Metaphors"

Heidelberg University
31 October - 2 November 2014

[from the conference website, 10/30/14]


Monica Juneja (Heidelberg University), Welcome

Framing(s) in Art History I
Chair: Melanie Trede (Heidelberg University)
- Miura Atsushi (Tokyo University), "A Problem of Framework in Art History between Japan and France: Japonisme, Raphaël Collin and Modern Japanese Painting"
- Christine Guth (Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum), "Materials and Materiality in Transcultural Reframing"
- Radu Alexandru Leca (University of London), "Sharing Frames: Cannibals in 17th Century Transcultural Interaction"

First Keynote Speech: Paul Duro (University of Rochester), "Think Globally, Frame Locally?: Situating the Artwork in a Global Context"
Chair: Melanie Trede


Framing(s) in Art History II
Chair: Monica Juneja
- Gregory Minissale (University of Auckland), "Transcultural Framing in Early Modern India"
- Anna Grasskamp (Heidelberg University), "Transcultural Margins: Pictorial Framing Strategies in Sino-European Print Culture, ca. 1580-1680"
- Nixi Cura (Christie's Education London), "Paintings on Paintings"

Virtual Frames I
Chair: Ulrich Blanché (Heidelberg University)
- Kathryn Brown (Tilburg University), "Unframing History: Fiona Tan's Disorient"
- Vera-Simone Schulz (Max Planck Institute for Art History), "Hem and Halo: Framing Figures in a Transcultural Perspective"

Virtual Frames II
Chair: Franziska Koch (Heidelberg University)
- Ira Sarma (University of Leipzig), "Visual Paratexts of Partition: the Photographs of Margaret Bourke-White"
- Duncan Paterson (Heidelberg University), " Do Carved Woodblocks Cream of Digital Markup?"
- Ulrike Felsing (Haute école d'art et de design Genève), "Frame and Design: Aspects of Transcultural Visual Communication in the Ming-encyclopedia Sancai tuhui (1609)"

Excursion to Deutsches Verpackungsmuseum
Introduction to Asian motifs in advertisement and packaging by director Hans-Georg Böcher

Second Keynote Speech: Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia University), tba
Chair: Benjamin Zachariah (Heidelberg University)


Paratextual Frames I
Chair: Joachim Kurtz (Heidelberg University)
- Hans Harder (Heidelberg University), "Transcultural Paratexts from Modern South Asia"
- Benjamin Zachariah, "Paratextual Reconfigurings of the (Metaphoric) Frame"

Paratextual Frames II
Chair: Rui Magone (Heidelberg University)
- Alexander Des Forges (University of Massachusetts, Boston), "Frames or Hinges? 'Empty Words' and Parallel Passages in Early Modern Exam Essays"
- Chen Kaijun (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), "Cultural Lenses: Illustration as Framing in the History of Lenses"

Concluding Session
Moderator: Mark Meadow (University of California Santa Barbara; American Academy in Berlin)

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Fifth Annual Feminist Art History Conference

American University
Washington, DC
31 October - 2 November 2014

[from FAHC, 10/29/14; select panels/papers listed below]

Asian Art I. Rethinking Women's Relationships to Tradition
- Stephanie Rhyner (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), "Fabricated Femininity: An Examination of the Role of Lady Fu Hao through Body Ornamentation"
- Janet Chen (Princeton University), "Thirteen Female Disciples Seeking Instruction at the Lake Pavilion: A Group of Unconventional Women and the Man Who Supported Them"

Asian Art II. Shaping and Challenging Gender Roles
Chair: Ying-Chen Peng (American University)
- Alison Miller (University of Kansas), "A Royal Role Model: Empress Teimai and Portrait Photography in Early Twentieth-century Japan"
- Doris Sung (York University), "A Chinese Woman in Paris: Pan Yuling and the Development of 'Women's Art' in China"
- Fan Liu, "Prostitute Painters in Chinese Art History"
- Amy Yao (University of Illinois), "Why Have Great Women Artists Had to Leave China? The Self-imposed Exile and Its Consequence"

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"Every Rock a Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing"

27th Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Art
Jonathan Chaves (George Washington University)
University of California, Los Angeles
1 November 2014

[from UCLA, 10/28/14]

The Yellow Mountains (Huangshan) of China's Anhui Province have been famous for centuries as a place of scenic beauty and inspiration, and remain a hugely popular tourist destination today. A "golden age" of Yellow Mountains travel came in the seventeenth century, when they became a refuge for loyalists protesting the new Qing Dynasty, among them poet and artist Wang Hongdu (1646–1721/1722), who dedicated himself to traveling to each and every peak and site and recording his impressions. Unfortunately, his resulting masterpiece of Chinese travel writing was not printed until 1775 and has since remained obscure and available only in Chinese. Jonathan Chaves will discuss Wang's masterpiece, and explore the history of scholarly and religious pilgrimage to the area, and the role of the Yellow Mountains in the great Neo-Confucian, Buddhist, and Daoist revivals of the early Qing period, that is, as the center of a yearned-for spiritual and cultural renaissance.

Jonathan Chaves is professor of Chinese literature at The George Washington University. His translations of Chinese poetry have been nominated for the National Book Award, and his work on the relationships between poetry and painting led to his curating of the exhibition, The Chinese Painter as Poet, at The China Institute (New York) in 2000.

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"Locating 'Chu': The Construction, Utilisation, and Modification of Identity through Defining the Indispensable Other"

Yun-ling Wang (University of California, Berkeley)
in the conference "Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners"
Prague, Czech Republic
1-3 November 2014

[from, 11/1/14]

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"Cataloguing the East Asian Porcelains of Augustus the Strong: The Dresden Porcelain Project"

Christiaan Jörg (Emeritus, Leiden University) and Cora Würmell (Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden)
London, UK
2 November 2014

[from Asian Art in London, 10/27/14]

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"Diplomacy and Global Trade: Chinese Porcelain in the Early Ming Dynasty"

Li Baoping (Sotheby's)
London, UK
2 November 2014

[from Asian Art in London, 10/27/14]

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"People of the Ming"

Jessica Harrison-Hall (British Museum)
The Annual Bonhams/OCS Lecture
London, UK
3 November 2014

[from OCS, 10/27/14]

What was it like to live in early Ming China? China was the most sophisticated state in the world in the early fifteenth century. Little is known of the vast population that worked on the land producing tea, rice and cotton. However, we do know about the emperors and empresses, princes and princesses that ruled the imperial and regional courts. We have spectacular portraits showing the rulers and paintings which portray life in their palaces. Their courts were furnished with finely worked lacquer, exquisite gold, porcelain and jade. They shared collections of paintings, calligraphy and books. In the Buddhist, Daoist temples and mosques ceremonies and services were conducted which were recorded in fabulous paintings and texts. The early fifteenth century was a time of building the Forbidden City in Beijing and sending treasure ships around the world to the Middle East and Africa. These contacts made China cosmopolitan full of foreign goods, people and ideas. This lecture will bring this period of history to life. It is linked to the major exhibition at the British Museum curated by Craig Clunas and Jessica Harrison-Hall (18 September- 2014 to 5 January 2015).

Jessica Harrison-Hall is Curator of the Sir Percival David Collection and Chinese Ceramics and Vietnamese Art at the British Museum. She has curated special exhibitions on Chinese ceramics, export ceramics, textiles and Vietnamese war art, the permanent gallery of the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese Ceramics at the British Museum and China: Journey to the East--A UK Touring Exhibition. Her publications include Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum (2001), Vietnam Behind the Lines (2002), Pocket Timeline of China (2007), Chinese Ceramics: Highlights of the Sir Percival David Collection (with Regina Krahl, 2009, translated into Chinese 2013) and Passion for Porcelain (with L. Mengoni, H. Young and A. Dawson, 2012). She is currently working on a major AHRC research project 'Ming: Courts and Contacts 1400-1450' and the exhibition Ming: 50 Years that Changed China with Professor Craig Clunas, which has opened at the British Museum on 18 September and closes on 5 January 2015.

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"Ming: Beyond Porcelain"

Yu-ping Luk (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair
London, UK
4 November 2014

[from Asian Art in London, 10/27/14]

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"Yongle to Yongzheng: Imperial Chinese Carpets"

Michael Franses (independent scholar, Doha)
in the conference "Stromata: : The Carpet as Artifact, Concept and Metaphor in Literature, Science and the Arts"
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut
Florence, Italy
3-5 November 2014

[from H-Arthist, 10/27/14]

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"Not Imperial, But Simply Beautiful"

Ni Yibin (independent scholar)
Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture
Oriental Ceramic Society
London, UK
5 November 2014

[from OCS, 10/24/14]

Over the last thirty-odd years, the porcelains produced during the so-called “transitional period” (roughly, 1620 - 80) in China has become much better known to, and even surprised, the world through a series of exhibitions held in Asia, the European continent, the US, and the UK and the Butler Collections have figured prominently. Sir Michael Butler is recognized for his contribution to the "fine-dating" of this batch of porcelains and he coined the term such as the "high-transitional (1634--44)" and identified the unique characteristics of the pots manufactured during the previously "unknown" Shunzhi reign (1644-61). The lecture will focus on the best areas of Sir Michael's work and highlight the relevant examples in the collection while showing how the Jingdezhen potters adapted to the diminishing imperial patronage by appealing to the growing domestic and export markets with their brilliant creativity set free from the court bureaucracy.

Yibin Ni obtained his MA and PhD at University College London and studied Chinese art at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He taught in the English Department and University Scholars' Programme of the National University of Singapore and is now an independent scholar devoted to the study of story scenes, punning rebuses, and auspicious symbols in traditional Chinese visual culture. He is widely consulted on his expertise and has published and lectured in many countries in both English and Chinese. His latest book on the illustrations of the play Romance of the Western Chamber is coming out soon.

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"Ai Weiwei and Social Activism in the Internet Age"

Taliesin Thomas (Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts; AW Asia)
in the conference "Unruly Engagements: On the Social Turn in Contemporary Art and Design"
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland, OH
6-8 November 2014

[from H-Arthist, 10/24/14]

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"Fluxus Scores and the Ethics of Encounter: Yoko Ono's Grapefruit"

Keegan Cook Finberg (University of California, Santa Cruz)
in the conference "Confluence and Division"
Modernist Studies Association 16
Pittsburgh, PA
6-9 November 2014

[from MSA, 11/1/14]

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"Yongle to Zhengtong: Fifty Years that Changed Chinese Art?"

Craig Clunas (University of Oxford)
35th Annual Barlow Lecture
Ashmolean Museum
Oxford, UK
7 November 2014

[from Ashmolean, 11/2/14]

Sir Alan Barlow (1881-1968) was a leading 20th-century collector of Chinese and other eastern ceramics. Deeply committed to public education, he left the collection as a trust to be used in universities and museums by the widest possible audience and it is now on loan in the Ashmolean museum, where pieces can be seen throughout the Chinese displays and in the Islamic gallery. This year's lecture focuses on the British Museum's autumn blockbuster show Ming: 50 Years That Changed China and is delivered by the exhibition's co- curator Craig Clunas.

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"Recent Trends in the Chinese Art Market: New Challenges for the Collector"

James Godfrey (independent art consultant)
Museum of East Asian Art
Bath, UK
7 November 2014

[from Asian Art in London, 11/2/14]

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"Advertising and Marketing in China: Chinese-Western Cultural Encounters (19th c. - Present)"

University of San Francisco
13-14 November 2014

[from USFCA, 11/9/14]

The symposium will provide a forum for an interdisciplinary conversation and the sharing of research among scholars and contemporary professionals on the topic of advertising and marketing in China from the 19th c. to the present. Presenters will examine advertising and marketing in China during this period as a lens for understanding cultural encounters between China and the West. Scholars as well as advertising and marketing professionals are invited to share their insight on how culture has influenced the advertising and marketing of Western products in China and Chinese products in the West. Proposed themes include but are not limited to: issues of modernity, visual culture, medical exchange, relations of power, issues of gender, cultural identity, e-business and the influence of smartphones and the internet, etc.


Panel 1: Creating Ads for Chinese Markets: From Treaty Ports to Mao
Discussant: Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University)
- Tani Barlow (Rice University), "Advertising Ephemera and Financialization in Treaty Port China, 1890-1940"
- Cécile Armand (University of Lyon), "The Grapes of Happiness: Selling Sun-Maid Raisins to the Chinese in the 1920-1930s"
- Karl Gerth (University of California, San Diego), "Service with a Smile: Socialist Products and Marketing in the Mao Years"

Panel 2: Beauty, Gender, & Visual Culture
Discussant: Katharine P. Burnett (University of California, Davis)
- Eugenia Lean (Columbia University), "Lux Soap in Republican China: A Face of Authenticity and Selling Global Desire"
- Katherine Frith (Southern Illinois University), "The Growth of Women's Magazines and the Changing Beauty Ideal in China"
- Barbara Mittler (Heidelberg University), "Advertising Touch: The Making of Cultural Memory in China’s Vernacular Media, 1900s-2000s"

Panel 3: Understanding Advertising - From Marketing Art, to Public Health Campaigns, to Archives
Discussant: Barbara Mittler
- Fong-Fong Chen (Chinese University of Hong Kong) "Publicizing Fame: Advertising in the New Print Market in Late Qing Shanghai"
- Jing Chen (Nanjing University; Rice University), "'Metadating' Advertisement: The Case of the Chinese Commercial Advertisement Archive (CCAA) (1880-1940)"
- Hong Cheng (Virginia Commonwealth University), "Endangers Self or Others? And What Kind of Others? Fear Appeals to Be Conveyed in Antismoking Campaigns to Chinese Adolescents"

Keynote Address: Juggi Ramakrishnan (Ogilvy & Mather China), "Overdosing on Success, Future and Celebrities: The State of Advertising in China"


Case Study of Product Launch in China: Brand Positioning for Success
Wellington Chu (U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Service)
Moderator: Stanley Kwong (University of San Francisco)

Panel 2: Chinese Brands in the West and Their Impact on International Marketing
Bing Wei (Bay Area Council/California China Trade Office)
David Strehlow (Huawei Technologies)

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"Of Other Landscapes: Contested Environments in Representation"

MIX Gallery
Denison University
Granville, OH
14 November 2014

[from H-ASIA, 10/28/14]

This symposium [in conjunction with the exhibition Precarious Living (13 November - 7 December 2014)] inspects visual representations of man-made and "natural" landscapes that appear to us as "other" in more than one way. Confronting representations from different parts of the globe, the discussions invite us to engage with unfamiliar contexts and global structures of environmental conflict. The talks hold ruined and relinquished landscapes produced in different temporal and spatial locales in light of each other, to investigate landscape as a mode of seeing and site of control and resistance, intertwined with social and economic power structures.

Erasing Presence, Imagining Absence

Tong Lam (University of Toronto), "Gated Precarity: A Post-Socialist Forbidden City in Global China"
Xiancun, a semi-demolished urban slum in central Guangzhou fenced by ameliorative propaganda hoardings, conjures up a different imagery of the gated community. It is however an eyesore to Chinese authorities and urban planners, and home to many migrant workers subjugated to precarious living conditions. This talk analyzes the symbolic significance of Xiancun in China’s recent history and in the wider global context. It also reflects on the challenge of creating visual images of urban ruins and slums in a world that is increasingly dominated by spectacle.

Jason McGrath (University of Minnesota), "The Sinification of Nihilism?"
This talk addresses, on the one hand, the nihilism intrinsic to capitalism as described by Marshall Berman in his reading of Marx and Engels, and relates it to Tong Lam's images of China under the current development boom. On the other, it will address a quite different "nihilism" implied by ecocritical thought on the "late anthropocene."

Jonathan Maskit (Denison University), "Industrialism, Non-Sites, and the Temporarily Permanent"
Contemporary products, even those seemingly most permanent, are all now temporary. Industrialism has always transformed natural places into non-sites, e.g., clear-cut former forests. Contemporary hyper-industrialism now increasingly converts produced sites into non-sites, e.g., abandoned buildings or neighborhoods. These spectral non-sites become visible in art, which lets us see them not as contingent aberrations in a progressive narrative, but as inevitable interruptions that reflect and materialize tensions in the social order.

Joy Sperling (Denison University), "The Female Embodiment of an Enchanted State: Women and Visual Culture in interwar New Mexico"
This talk argues that a multi-ocular, multi-perspectival, and sometimes refracted glance at New Mexico’s interwar tourist landscape reveals how the narrative of New Mexico was redrafted from a land of cattle ranchers and outlaws into a feminized embodiment of the “Enchanted State” living in a suspended imaginary of its ancient native past. This new narrative lodged itself so deeply within New Mexico’s consciousness that it still survives today.

Landscapes Made, Unmade and Remade

Chunchun Ting (University of Chicago), "Redefining the Local Lifeworld: Documentary Filmmaking and Political Empowerment in Hong Kong’s Inner City"
This talk examines the changing meanings of inner-city neighborhoods in post-handover Hong Kong. The social perceptions of these neighborhoods reveal society’s attitude toward redevelopment, the collective past, the urban poor, and Hong Kong itself as a city and a community. Focusing on an art/activist group that collaborates with evictees, I observe a gradual shift in the discourse of urban preservation from cultural heritage to housing rights and the communal ownership of neighborhoods.

Joanna Grabski (Denison University), "Incongruous Landscapes: Making Dakar from Inside and Beyond"
This talk explores notions of spatial, temporal, and visual incongruity as they relate to themes of progress, development and urbanization. I draw upon two sets of images representing paradigmatic urban registers: Dakar's streets, markets, architecture and topography. These include artistic propositions interpreting the city of Dakar by Cheikh Ndiaye and Viyé Diba, and images from my documentary film footage on Colobane market and its neighborhood, rendering a most incongruent landscape fueled by activity from inside and beyond Dakar.

Julia Adeney Thomas (University of Notre Dame; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study), "The Shared Landscapes of Asia: How an Exhibition Found Space for Japan's War Memories"
This talk contrasts two exhibitions, both at the Yokohama Museum of Art, one in 1995 and the other in 2004. In the first exhibition, Photography in the 1940s, Japanese aggression was occluded; in the second, through a mixed-media display of landscapes, inventive curators found another point of view that could reveal atrocity while creating space for mutual understanding. The seemingly most benign of art genres was brought to bear on a violent, troubled past, and proved capable of providing a better line of sight.

Catherine Stuer (Denison University), "On the Freedom of Ruins"
This talk explores how the figure of the ruin, so-called master-trope of modern reflexivity, shares structural affinities with the past trace in imperial China. Both medium for nostalgic fetishization of the past and for symbolic contestation of the present, I compare both figures to investigate the historical concurrence and aftereffects of Euro-American and traditional Chinese modalities of ruin-representation. I focus here on photographic landscapes produced by early 20th century colonial explorers and local critics of urban destruction in China.

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