SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

PhD Upgrade Presentations of Heena Youn and Karin Warch


Date: 20 May 2011Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 20 May 2011Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

Heena Youn
Longquan ware from the Sinan wreck: Rediscovering cultural and mercantile interaction in fourteenth-century East Asia

The Sinan ship (1323) was a Chinese merchant vessel that probably sailed from Ningbo, China towards Japan and sank off the Southwest coast of Korea at Sinan. This study focuses on Longquan celadon from the wreck as a case of cultural and mercantile interaction in 14th-century East Asia.

Karin Warch
Humor and Power in Joseon Genre Painting

This thesis examines humor and its role in Korean art as an agent for raising questions concerning aspects of society and human nature during the Joseon period. An exploration of the Joseon period’s engagement with humor in painting will be undertaken by including applications and comparisons of Western theoretical and philosophical approaches to specific works by Kim Hong-do, Sin Yun-beok, Byeon Sang-byeok , and Kim Deuk-sin. These painters address different aspects and subjects that frame the discourse on humor in their work. Through a cross-cultural analysis this thesis re-examines humor as an effective agent for questioning concepts of power and authority.

Organiser: Lukas Nickel

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