Kexin Ma

Key information

BA(the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA), MA (SOAS)
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Thesis title
Portraits of Objects: Emperor Yongzheng's 'Guwan tu' and the Agency of Artefacts across Media
Internal Supervisors
Professor Stacey Pierson


Kexin Ma is a PhD candidate from the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS. She is currently conducting a research project on two Yongzheng period handscrolls entitled 'Guwan tu' under the supervision of Dr. Stacey Pierson. Her major research interest lies in material culture in medieval and early modern China, with particular attention to the materiality and agency of art objects across media.

In 2018, She presented her paper ‘A Pot of Refined Taste: Numbered Jun Wares in Ming Elite Gardens’ at Song Ceramics after the Song Annual Student Research Seminar at the British Museum. Later in the same year, she presented her paper on the formation of ceramic aesthetics under Emperor Huizong at the International Symposium of the Art of the Song Dynasty organised by Henan University in Kaifeng, China. While continuing her academic journey, Kexin has also worked as curatorial and editorial assistants in a number of art institutions, including the National Gallery of Prague in the Czech Republic, the National Art Museum of China, and the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing, China, since the year of 2015.

Research interests

  • History and historiography of collecting and cataloguing antiquities in Ming-Qing China
  • East Asian Ceramics
  • Materiality and agency of art objects
  • Decorative objects and gendered space

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