Jonathan Hay "Maritime Beijing: Oceans and Empire in the Monuments of the Capital"

Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture in Chinese Archaeology and Art

Saturday, November 05, 2011
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Lenart Auditorium
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This lecture will address a surprising dimension of the pre-Qing history of Beijing--the role that an oceanic imaginary played in the city's urbanism and in the symbolism of its imperial monuments. This imaginary brought into play cosmology, politics, and commerce, articulating imperial attention to the oceans that separated China from a larger world.  Much of the lecture will explore the hypothesis that the initial construction of Ming Beijing from 1403 onwards was marked by the great maritime expeditions undertaken by Zheng He between 1405 and 1433.

About the Speaker

Jonathan Hay (born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1956) has taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, since 1990.  He is the author of two books, Shitao: Painting and Modernity in Early Qing China (2001) and Sensuous Surfaces: The Decorative Object in Early Modern China (2010).  He writes on a broad range of topics and periods in Chinese art history, as well as on the general theory of art history.

(Photos on homepage and program by Diane Nelson)

Update 12/7/2011: A transcript of Jonathan Hay's "Maritime Beijing" lecture is now available below under "Download File"

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Special Instructions

Self (pay station) parking will be available in UCLA Lot #4 (proceed to pay station and follow instructions; NO attendant will be on duty); Day permit for UCLA Lot #6 (purchased from an attendant) will be available at the Westwood Boulevard Parking Kiosk (1/4 mile north of Le Conte Ave). Reception feauturing live classical Chinese music to follow the lecture on the Museum's Terrace

Cost : free

For more information please contant:

UCLA Center for Chinese StudiesTel: 310-825-8683

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies