From Lingguang Palace to Wu Liang Shrine: Cross-disciplinary Conversations

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Friday, January 21, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Live via Zoom

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Conceived and first presented at UCLA when he was a Getty scholar, Dr. Miao Zhe’s magnum opus Cong Lingguan dian dao Wu Liang ci: Liang Han zhijiao diguo yishu de yiying 從靈光殿到武梁祠:兩漢之交帝國藝術的遺影 (From Lingguang Palace to Wu Liang Shrine: Traces of Imperial Art during the Turn of the Western and Eastern Han Dynasties) sets up a new milestone in the study of early Chinese art. In this webinar a group of art historians, archaeologists, literary scholars, and historians from UCLA and beyond will have a dialogue with the author and discuss their reading of the book. This event will conduct in both English and Chinese, is co-sponsored by Center for Chinese Studies and the book’s co-publisher Han Tang Yangguang.

Guest Speaker:
Miao Zhe (Professor of Chinese Art, Zhejiang University)

MIAO Zhe, Professor of Chinese Art History at School of Art and Archaeology at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou. His research focuses on early imperial art of China. He is also an accomplished essayist and translator.

LI Min (Associate Professor of Chinese Archaeology, UCLA)
LI Jing (Journalist and Author, Visiting Scholar at 21st Century China Center, UCSD)

LI Jing, Visiting Scholar at 21st Century China Center, UCSD, is a journalist and author with twenty years of experience reporting on cultural and social issues in China. She served as a reporter, editor, and the deputy editor-in-chief of Sanlian Life Week Magazine from 2003 to 2021. She also served as the publisher of Zhongdu, a news and knowledge-sharing app from 2018 to 2021. She is the author of ten books, including a biography of Sun Yat-sen and a 2015 collection of stories by witnesses to the normalization of U.S.-China relations. She was an Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow in 2001.

LI Min, Associate Professor of Chinese Archaeology, UCLA, whose archaeological research revolves around landscape archaeology, cultural interactions, social memory, and religious communication. His is author of Social Memory and State Formation in Early China published by the Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Lothar von Falkenhausen (Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, UCLA)
Hui-shu Lee (Professor of Chinese Art, UCLA)
Huijun Mai (Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, UCLA)
Liang Cai (Associate Professor of Chinese History, University of Notre Dame)
Guolong Lai (Associate Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, University of Florida)

Lothar von Falkenhausen, Professor of Chinese Archaeology and Art History at UCLA. His research concerns the archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age, focusing on large interdisciplinary and historical issues on which archaeological materials can provide significant new information. He is the author of Suspended Music: Chime Bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China (1993) and Chinese Society in the Age of Confucius (1000-250 BC): The Archaeological Evidence (2006).

Hui-shu LEE, Professor of Chinese Art History at UCLA. Her field of specialization is Chinese painting and visual culture in the pre-modern era, with a particular focus on gender issues. She also works extensively on representations of place, cultural mapping, and garden culture. She is the author of Exquisite Moments: West Lake & Southern Song Art (New York: China Institute, 2001) and Empresses, Art, and Agency in Song Dynasty China (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010).

Huijun MAI, Assistant Professor of Pre-Modern Chinese Literature and Culture at UCLA. Her research focuses on the issue of canonization--the relations between high/elite literature and writings that were frown upon as low-brow, literary conventions and innovations. She writes on topics ranging from the writing of the everyday, the senses, the poetics of space, to medieval Sino-Japanese poetic and material cultural exchanges that occurred along with Buddhist monastic and commercial transactions during the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. Her current book project, tentatively titled “Thinking Things: The Material Turn in Song (960–1279) Literary Culture,” examines the rise of material culture in the literary discourse during the eleventh to thirteenth century and how that redefined the boundary of literature.

CAI Liang, Associate Professor of Chinese History at University of Notre Dame. She specializes in Chinese political and intellectual history. She is the author of Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire, which won the 2014 Academic Award for Excellence presented by Chinese Historians in the United States and was a finalist of 2015 Best First Book in the History of Religions presented by the American Academy of Religion.

Guolong LAI, Associate Professor of Chinese Art History, Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage at University of Florida. His research interests include early Chinese art and archaeology, Chinese paleography and Old Chinese phonology, museology, collecting history and provenance studies, and historic conservation in modern China. He is the author of Excavating the Afterlife: The Archaeology of Early Chinese Religion, published by the University of Washington Press 2015.

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies