SOAS University of London

School of Arts

SOA-Symposium Politics of Collecting Asia: 1800 - Present


Date: 28 April 2018Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 28 April 2018Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: The Wolfson Lecture Theatre S108 (SWLT)

Type of Event: Symposium


Politics of Collecting Asia: 1800 - Present

The global history of collecting has been profoundly shaped by national and international
politics over the past two centuries. Taking geopolitics as its starting point, this symposium
will examine the history of collecting Asian art objects in a range of geographical locales,
from Britain and continental Europe to East and Southeast Asia.

10.00 Registration and Morning Tea/Coffee
10.15-10.20 Welcome Note by Dr Stacey Pierson (SOAS)
Panel 1: Collecting Asia: From the 19th Century to the First World War
10.20-10.40 Competition and Collaboration: Stamford Raffles and Collecting in Java, 1811-1816
Miranda Bruce-Mitford (SOAS)
10.40-11.00 The First Private Museum in China? Revisiting Pan Shicheng and His Collecting in Canton
Xiaoxin Li (SOAS)
11.00-11.20 The National and the Regional: Actors in the Collecting of Japanese Ceramics in Britain around the turn of the 20th century
Ai Fukunaga (SOAS)
11.20-11.40 Panel Discussion led by Dr Alexandra Green (British Museum)
Panel 2: Collecting Asia: Between the Wars
11.40-12.00 Collecting Korean Objects in Early 20th Century Britain: Setting the Scene by Researching New Customers and Curio Shop Dealers
Jihye Hong (RCA)
12.00-12.20 Constructing New Identities: Collecting and Aesthetics in Inter-war Britain
Helen Glaister (SOAS)
12.20-12.40 The Invisible Sword: Towards a Reconstruction of Collecting Japanese Art in Interwar Hungary
Mirjam Dénes (Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Budapest)
12.40-13.00 Panel Discussion led by Dr Angus Lockyer (SOAS)
Lunch Break
Panel 3: Collecting Asia: Post-war to Present
14.00-14.20 From Public to Private Museums: the Role of T. T. Tsui in Institutional Collections of Chinese Art
Ivy Chan (SOAS)
14.20-14.40 The Poetics and Politics of Collecting and Displaying Kachin Culture Helen Mears and Gumring Hkangda (Brighton Museum)
14.40-15.00 Challenges of Collecting (and Showing) Southeast Asian Art in a Southeast Asian Private Museum: MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum’s Case Study
Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani (Independent Curator)
15.00-15.20 Panel Discussion led by Nixi Cura (SOAS)
15.20-16.00 Keynote Lecture by Corinna Gardner (V&A)
16.00-16.15 Closing Remarks by Dr Maria Kostoglou (SOAS)

Online registration essential.
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This event is supported by the SOAS Japan Research Centre.

Organiser: Dr Stacey Pierson