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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

East Asia Art & Archaeology Research Seminar

Department of Art & Archaeology, SOAS

Convenor: Charlotte Horlyck

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Of Gaps, Seismographs and Islands. Contemporary Chinese Art between Directives and Strategies

Martina Koeppel Yang, Visiting Fellow at Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific

Joint seminar organised by the East Asian Art and Archaeology Research Seminar, SOAS and the Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific, London

13 June 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Portraiture, Pathos, Propaganda: Hero Worship in Eighteenth-Century China

Annette Bügener, Curator of East Asian Collections, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

23 May 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Imagining Chinese medicine: medical illustration from Han tombs to contemporary comics

Vivienne Lo, UCL, China Centre for Health and Humanity

21 March 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Date, history, and restoration of a ceramic Lohan sculpture from Yizhou

Maria Menshikova, Senior research fellow and curator, Oriental Department, Hermitage, Petersburg

This lecture is arranged jointly with the China Institute, SOAS

14 March 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Painted Bronze Waterfowls from the Mausoleum of the First Emperor of Qin: Manufacturing Technologies and Their Implications

Mei Jianjun, Director, Needham Research Institute

7 March 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Bauhaus and China

Robin Rehm, University of Regensburg/University of Basel

21 February 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Writing on and writing in the modern Chinese painting

Craig Clunas, University of Oxford

31 January 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wall Painting in Bhutan: Recent Research and Conservation

David Park, Courtauld Institute of Art

24 January 2014, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Down to Earth: Geoarchaeological Study on Agricultural Intensification in China

Zhuang Yijie, Institute of Archaeology, UCL

29 November 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The development of jade carving in China: scientific investigation of the technology

Margaret Sax, Special Assistant in Scientific Research, The British Museum

22 November 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Making of Chinese Painting

Zhang Hongxing, Victoria and Albert Museum

15 November 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Date, History, and Restoration of a Ceramic Lohan Sculpture from Yizhou

Maria Menshikova, Senior research Fellow and the curator of the Chinese decorative arts at the Oriental Department of the Hermitage

Please note that due to visa issues this lecture has been postponed.  A new date will be scheduled in due course.

1 November 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Northern Wei Capital at Pingcheng: A Report from Recent Fieldwork on Ritual Architecture and Ethnicity in Early Medieval China

Susan Beningson, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum

11 October 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Beyond the artefacts - new research on metalworking during the Chinese Bronze Age

Chen Kunlong, University of Science and Technology Beijing

24 May 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SOAS upgrade presentations: Sara Peterson, Biqing Ouyang and Christine Escurriola

Sara Peterson, Biqing Ouyang, Christine Escurriola

Sara Petersen

Plant Iconography at Tillya-Tepe, Bactria, first century CE

Biqing Ouyang

Mirror production in the Wu Kingdom (220-280AD)

Christine Escurriola

The Early Tosa School and Painting in the Yamato Style

17 May 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A review of early cowries excavated in China / Woolen tapestries from Xinjiang, China (1st century BC to 4th century AD): Decoration, Weaving Skills and Usages

Wu Danmin, Bronze Research Department, Shanghai Museum, YU Ying, Art and Crafts Research Department, Shanghai Museum

11 May 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SOAS upgrade presentations: John Johnston, Hao Liu and Kristin Scheel

John Johnston, Hao Liu, Kristin Scheel
John Johnston

Tengwang Ge: A Case Study of Changing Depictions of Specific Sites on Chinese Ceramics in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Hao Liu

The purpose, operation and impacts of art investment of the British Rail Pension Fund collection in the fields of Chinese art from 1974 to 1989

Kristin Scheel

The afterlife of Mongol gold textiles in 14th-15th century Northern Europe

3 May 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SOAS upgrade presentations: Marine Cabos and Irene Bernabe

Marine Cabos and Irene Bernabe
Marine Cabos

Serial representations of iconic sites: a journey in China through landscape photography from the 1840s to 1937

Irene Bernabe

Ghosts, demons and magical animals in the art of the Bakumatsu period (1830s-1868)

26 April 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wakosho: An Overview of Early Japanese books from the Tenri Central Library

Yamanaka Hideo, Tenri University

19 April 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Heavenly Mistress and Bodhisattvas: Visualising the Celestial Identities of Two Empresses in Ming China (1368-1644)

Luk Yu Ping, Asia Department, The British Museum

15 March 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The “Miraculous Image” of the Buddha from Khotan to Kyoto

Tabayashi Kei, Research Center for Buddhist Cultures in Asia at Ryukoku University

22 February 2013, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Movements along the Eastern Rim of the Tibetan Plateau – The Prehistoric Liangshan Region as a Multi- Cultural ‘Intersection’

Anke Hein Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles

14 December 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Northern Elements in Qin Culture: Materials, Manufacture, and Types

Jenny F. So, Chinese University of Hong Kong

23 November 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

China before China: Archaeological Investigation on the Origin of Chinese Civilization

Zhang Hai (Associate Professor, School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University)

26 October 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

An Art Historian's Detective Story: Zu Dashou (ca. 1565-1656) and His Tomb

Klaas Ruitenbeek, Director of the Asian Art Museum, National Museums in Berlin

5 October 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

An Agent of Cultural Transmission: Jianzhen's Travels to Japan, 743-63

Dorothy Wong, IATH Fellow; University of Virginia
An Agent of Cultural Transmission: Jianzhen's Travels to Japan, 743-63

Dorothy Wong, IATH Fellow; University of Virginia

8 June 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A Mysterious Creature in Early Indian and Chinese Art

Diana Y. Chou, The Cleveland Institute of Art

25 May 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Why do Chinese Paintings have Inscriptions?

Alfreda Murck, Independent Scholar

18 May 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Puppetry and Art in Japan

Iwata Yoriko (Chukyo University), Mizote Eri (Kurashiki City College), Senda Yasuko (Independent Researcher), Iku Masunari (Ph.D. student, Open University)
  • Iwata Yoriko (Chukyo University): “Punch”-related Ephemera: “ Ponch-e” and Others
  • Mizote Eri (Kurashiki City College): The Influences of D’Arc Marionettes on Japanese Theatre
  • Senda Yasuko (Independent Researcher): Karauri ningyô --Japanese Automata
  • Iku Masunari (Ph.D. student, Open University): Learning about “Sustainability” through Puppetry

11 May 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

PhD upgrade presentation: Malcolm McNeill (SOAS) and Liang Tianshuang (SOAS)

Malcolm McNeill (SOAS) and Liang Tianshuang (SOAS)
Narrative Agency in 13-14th Century Chan Figure Painting: A Study of Hagiography-Iconography Text-Image Relationships

Malcolm McNeill (SOAS)

The Agency of Syncretism in Modern Chinese Art: Gao Qifeng and the New Republic Basin

Liang Tianshuang (SOAS)

4 May 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

PhD upgrade presentation: Radu Alexandru Leca (SOAS) and Ilse Timperman (SOAS)

Radu Alexandru Leca (SOAS) and Ilse Timperman (SOAS)
The Backward Glance: Beautiful Women and Liminal Spaces in Seventeenth Century Japan

Radu Alexandru Leca  (SOAS)

Mortuary Variability and Mobility in the Tarim and surrounds: Early Catacomb Burials (c. 5th c. BC–3rd c. AD)

Ilse Timperman (SOAS)

27 April 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

PhD Upgrade Presentation: David Luke Houston (SOAS)

David Luke Houston (SOAS)

Mo Bahc and Minor Injury; Alternative Art Worlds from 1980s New York

23 March 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Manuscripts from the Silk Roads: Records of Paper and Ink Chosŏn Period

Agnieszka Helman-Wazny (University of Hamburg) and Renate Nöller (BAM-Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing)

10 February 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Buddhist Eschatology and the Design of Dazhusheng Cave, Henan

Wendi Adamek (University of Sydney)

9 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, G2, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Kim Hong-do and the Ideal Image of Women in Late Chosŏn Period

Jaeyoon Yi (Research Institute for Human Life Sciences, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea)

27 January 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Special event in conjunction with the opening of Traditions Revised - Japanese Fans from the Ishizumi Family Collection

Kanji Ishizumi (collector and fan-maker), Timon Screech (SOAS), Charles Summers (artist)

13 January 2012, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Works of Kawanabe Kyosai in the multi-cultural context of the late 19th century

Sadamura Koto, SISJAC fellow

2 December 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Scientific analysis of paper in the Otani collection

Sakamoto Shoji, Ryokoku University

25 November 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tracing the Emperor: Photography and the Imperial Famous Places in Japan

Kim Gyewon, SISJAC fellow

18 November 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Porcelain Pagoda: an enigma and its questions

Clarence Eng, Research Associate, SOAS

21 October 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Recent Studies on Textiles from the Silk Road

Zhao Feng, China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou

14 October 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Classical Chinoiserie: Framing Chinese Ceramics at Brighton Pavilion and Buckingham Palace

Greg M. Thomas

27 May 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

PhD Upgrade Presentations of Heena Youn and Karin Warch

20 May 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Koryo and Liao Relations in the 10th-11th century - Impact on Buddhist Culture

Youngsook Pak

4 March 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ideal Femininity and the Seductive World of Japanese Department Stores: Two Readings of YANAGI Miwa’s Elevator Girls 3F

Lena Fritsch (Bonn University)

11 February 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tombs of Han-Period Luoyang

Lukas Nickel (SOAS & UCL)

4 February 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

'The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia'

Dr Amy Heller (CNRS)

14 January 2011, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Beyond sun and paella. Contemporary Japanese Artists living in Spain: a sociological and art-historical approach to the case of Catalonia

Laura Clavería García (Universidad de Zaragoza)

10 December 2010, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Persistent practices: Burial customs at late Neolithic Shijiahe, Hubei

Sascha Priewe (The British Museum)

26 November 2010, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ceramic Waist Drums + Gu Embroidery of the Ming Dynasty

Ms Ye Qian (Shanghai Museum) + Ms Bao Yanli (Shanghai Museum)

transl. by Nicole Chiang

29 October 2010, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Portraiture and Illusion at the Eighteenth-Century Chinese Court

Kristina Kleutghen

15 October 2010, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

From Li Qun's Woodcut to Left Wing Identity in 1930s China

Chien Li-kuei (Cambridge University)

21 May 2010, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Victory Pictures in a Time of Defeat: Depictions of War and Rebellion in the Print and Visual Culture of Late Qing China, 1884-1901

Yin Hwang (Dept of Art & Archaeology, SOAS)

14 May 2010, Brunei Gallery, B111, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The spirits of the age in modern Japanese art and its philosophical significance: Some remarks on Yuichi Takahashi, the “Shirakaba” school, and Ryuhshi Kawabata etc

Prof. Toru ITO (Kyoto Institute of Technology, Dept of Architecture and Design)

7 May 2010, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Meaning of the Hemp-Leaf (Asa-no-ha) Motif in Kabuki Costume (in Japanese) and Viewing and Reviewing Nishikawa’s Inkwell: An Ehon by Sukenobu

Mizuho Kamo (PhD Candidate, Ritsumeikan University) and Jenny Preston (PhD Candidate, SOAS, University of London)

19 March 2010, Brunei Gallery, B202, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wonsam Sumptuary Codes: Reconstructing royal costume culture at the Chosŏn court

Dr Hyunjung Park (Department of Fashion Business, Jeonju University, Korea)

26 February 2010, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Archaeology of textiles: the excavation of the 6th century BC tomb in Jiangxi province

Prof. Wang Yarong (Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

5 February 2010, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Cartoonist Hu Kao and Shanghai Modern

Paul Bevan (MPhil/PhD cand., SOAS)

22 January 2010, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

'Fieldwork Notes on Dress and Fashion in Modern Korea 1876-1945: Modernity of Fashion through Advertisements'

Jung-Taek Lee (PhD candidate, Dept. of Art & Archaeology, SOAS)

11 December 2009, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

'Narrative Painting in China and Japan around 1600 - a comparative study'

Shane McCausland (Dept of Art & Archaeology, SOAS)

27 November 2009, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Research Notes on Documentary Paintings of Disaster in the Late Edo Period

Doreen Mueller (PhD candidate, Dept of Art & Archaeology, SOAS)

6 November 2009, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Poetry and Enlightenment in Screen Paintings by Kano Sansetsu

Matthew P. McKelway (Columbia University)

4 November 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G50, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Asian Modern

John Clark (University of Sydney)

25 September 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-day workshop on Han dynasty funerary archaeology

6 March 2009, Brunei Gallery, B104, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Yatsuhashi and Kakitsubata: Literary and Poetic Transfigurations

Donatella Failla (Director of Museo d'Arte Orientale E. Chiossone, Genoa)

20 February 2009, Brunei Gallery, B104, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Bronze Drums and drum stands from the pre-Qin period

Zhou Ya (Chief Curator and Head of the Bronze Department, Shanghai Museum)

30 January 2009, Brunei Gallery, B104, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Zhang Daqian, Wu Hufan and the Story of 'Sleeping Gibbon'

Dr. Clarissa von Spee (British Museum)

A famous forgery case in modern Chinese painting.

23 January 2009, Brunei Gallery, B104, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Imperial arts and crafts of early Qing dynasty aesthetics and characteristics

Zhao Lin (Lecturer in arts and crafts of ancient China, Fudan University, Shanghai)

23 January 2009, Brunei Gallery, B104, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

The Brushwood Fence Scroll (Koshibagaki zôshi): Gender Politics and Erotica for the Japanese Aristocracy & Erotic Editions of Chûshingura, ‘The Forty-Seven Loyal Retainers’

Doris Croissant (Senior Professor, University of Heidelberg) & Aki Ishigami (Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto)

10 October 2008, Brunei Gallery, B104, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Rinpa and Discourses of Japanese Identity

Nobushiro Takahashi (SOAS)

Upgrade seminar:
Rinpa and Discourses of Japanese Identity

9 May 2008, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM

New Horizons in East Asia: Osvald Sirén (1879-1966), a Pioneer in Chinese Art Studies.

Minna Törmä (Researcher and Adjunct Professor of Art History, Institute for Art Research, University of Helsinki)

New Horizons in East Asia: Osvald Sirén (1879-1966), a Pioneer in Chinese Art Studies.

25 April 2008, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Dress and Fashion in Early 20th Century Korea

Jung Taek Lee (SOAS)

Upgrade seminar:
Dress and Fashion in Early 20th Century Korea

18 April 2008, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Reigning beyond death - Tombs and world rulers

The British Museum and ICCHA:
Reigning beyond death - Tombs and world rulers

15 March 2008, British Museum, BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum, BP Lecture Theatre, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Toyohara Kunichika - A Study of his Meiji Prints Influenced by the Notion of bunmei kaika

Monika Hinkel (Independant Scholar)

Toyohara Kunichika - A Study of his Meiji Prints Influenced by the Notion of bunmei kaika

12 March 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sitting Pretty: Reading Gender in Early Japanese Photography

Karen Fraser (Sainsbury Institute Fellow)

Sitting Pretty: Reading Gender in Early Japanese Photography

7 March 2008, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM

China design now - an exhibition in the making

Zhang Hongxing (Victoria and Albert Museum)

China design now - an exhibition in the making

22 February 2008, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Surimono: Japanese Poetry Prints to Celebrate the New Year

John Carpenter (SOAS)

Surimono: Japanese Poetry Prints to Celebrate the New Year

14 February 2008, Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD , Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London N, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Book Launch of Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty

Julie Nelson Davis (University of Pennsylvania, former Sainsbury Institute Fellow)

Book Launch of Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty

7 February 2008, Daiwa Foundation Japan House , Daiwa Foundation Japan House , 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Greater than Utamaro: the Fame of Kunisada

Ellis Tinios (University of Leeds)

Greater than Utamaro: the Fame of Kunisada

6 February 2008, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

On the Journey of Searching for Siwei Bodhisattva in Northern China

Chien Li-Kuei (SOAS)

On the Journey of Searching for Siwei Bodhisattva in Northern China

1 February 2008, Brunei Gallery, B104, 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM