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Mo, 31.01.2022

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Transnational Biopolitics and Cold War Geopolitics: Intercountry Adoption between “Divided” Korea and “Neutral” Sweden

Youngeun Koo (Korean Studies, University of Tübingen)

Di, 01.02.2022

14:15 Uhr

A brief intro to reading practices in China after 1978

Prof. Dr. Peidong Sun, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (USA), The Department of History

Mi, 09.02.2022

13:00 Uhr

Genderkonstruktionen und die Darstellung der Frau in der gegenwärtigen chinesischen Science-Fiction-Literatur

Frederike Schneider-Vielsäcker, Universität Heidelberg, Institut für Sinologie

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Infos zum Semesterstart WiSe 2021/2022

Liebe Studierende, herzlich willkommen am Institut für Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens (IKO) im Wintersemester 2021/2022! Wir freuen uns Sie zu einem Präsenzsemester willkommen heißen zu dürfen. Endlich können die Kurse wieder an der Universität stattfinden.
Die wichtigsten Informationen zur Durchführung, über das Studium am IKO und das Kursangebot dieses Semesters können Sie der Präsentation "Semestereinführung"Adobe entnehmen.

Zugang zu den Gebäuden

Seit Anfang Oktober sind die CATS-Gebäude nun wieder montags bis freitags von 8.30 bis 18.30 Uhr für MitarbeiterInnen, Studierende und Gäste zugänglich. Beachten Sie bitte, dass der Zutritt nur mit gültigem 3G-Nachweis sowie FFP2-Maske möglich ist.

Health and Safety in Corona Times

Dear Students, please follow the corona guidelines of Heidelberg University to keep yourself and others safe. Read the detailed regulations on the Maßnahmen der Universität zum Schutz vor dem Coronavirus page (German only). The section Coronavirus: Häufig gestellte Fragen zu Studium und Lehre answers further questions. We will keep you informed about the regulations. Let us take these simple precautions together to ensure a safe term for everyone!

Projekt des Monats November 2021 | Buddhistische Steininschriften in Nordchina

Zwischen dem 6. und 11. Jahrhundert n. Chr. meißelten buddhistische Mönche in China heilige Texte (Sutren) in Stein, um sie für die Nachwelt zu bewahren. Genau das wollen auch die Forschenden der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften: Seit 2005 arbeiten sie an der Dokumentation, Interpretation und Publikation dieser teilweise erst in den letzten Jahren wieder entdeckten Inschriften. [Artikel]

Neue Publikation | Lothar Ledderose: China Schreibt Anders

Lothar Ledderose: China Schreibt Anders​Lothar Ledderose
China Schreibt Anders
Stuttgart 2021
Erscheint in der Reihe "Heidelberger Akademische Bibliothek".

In einer Zeit, da China immer wichtiger wird, wird es auch immer wichtiger, China zu verstehen. Viel ist da noch zu tun. Die chinesische Schrift ist das komplizierteste System von Formen, welches die Menschheit geschaffen hat, und ein Alleinstellungsmerkmal der chinesischen Kultur. Eine Analyse dieses Systems lässt die grundlegende Andersartigkeit Chinas verstehen, in Erziehung, Religion und Politik. [Weitere Informationen]

Lecture Series | Cultural Heritage in a Digital World

Lecture Series: Cultural Heritage in a Digital WorldIn this lecture series, researchers and curators discuss how to bring new life to East Asian art by exploring digital technologies and virtual environments. Each speaker addresses different functions that digital tools have in their work and how these help them answer new research questions and broaden access to East Asian heritage. The use of photography in the conservation of ancient sites and architectural reconstruction is the focus of Dr. Frances Terpak’s talk; architectural modelling and digital simulation of movement are employed by Dr. Pania Yu in her analysis of Chinese landscape painting; and the development of a virtual environment for the museum is addressed by Dr. Stephan von der Schulenburg in connection to the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic. [Registration]

Second Issue of CATSarena online

Second Issue of CATSarena onlineThe second issue of CATSarena, the newsletter of the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS), is now online. It is focused on the topic of “COVID-19 AND EPIDEMICS IN ASIA”. The present issue shows how the dimensions of the pandemic in Asia vary widely. Diseases draw attention to human-animal entanglements, but they are also occasions for humour – not even, as one may assume, of the gallows kind. The contributors document the range of local responses to COVID-19, from the subversion of health measures to the critique of governments. In addition, some more personal accounts about travel and research in unpredictable Circumstances are featured.

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New Assistant Professor Monica Klasing Chen

Monica Klasing ChenWe are happy to introduce a new member of the IKO team! Dr. Monica Klasing Chen will be joining the institute as Assistant Professor for Chinese Art History in September of 2021. She will also act as student advisor and manage student admissions in this position.
Dr. Klasing Chen studied fine arts and art history in São Paulo, Brazil, conducted her MA studies in East Asian art history and Sinology at Heidelberg University and received her PhD from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her NWO-funded dissertation project, titled “Memorable arts: The mnemonics of painting and calligraphy in Late Imperial China,” provides groundbreaking insights into the use of memory aids in the transmission of practical knowledge. In her current project, she explores the social history of mistakes and notions of validity in connection to artistic practices and connoisseurship.
Dr. Klasing Chen is a dedicated teacher and is looking forward to working with our students. She will teach the “Propädeutikum” and the “Hilfsmittelkurs” in the WiSe 2021/22. Please join us in giving her a heartfelt welcome!

Dr. Lianming honored with Academy Award

Lianming WangWe congratulate Dr. Lianming Wang for being honored with the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Award for Young Scholars!
The Academy Award, donated by the Association for the Promotion of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities to mark the 75th anniversary of the Heidelberg Academy in 1984, will go to Dr. Lianming Wang for his work “Jesuitenerbe in Peking: Sakralbauten und transkulturelle Räume 1600–1800 (Jesuit Heritage in Beijing: Sacred Buildings and Transcultural Spaces 1600–1800)”. The prize is endowed with € 10,000. The art historian deals with the material legacy of the Jesuit mission outside Europe, including three Beijing key structures. Based on a large number of visual evidence, the study provides a thorough insight into the global development of art and architecture of a historically relevant clerical order and contributes significantly to the current debate about global art history.
Feature: [Video] | [Podcast]

Course Publication | Students choose their favourite assignments

When the course Material Cultures of Entertainment Media in Seventeenth-century Japan had to quickly switch to an online-only format, the tutor Radu Leca thought of a way to maintain the interaction with objects which is integral to the study of material culture. So he asked students to choose every week an object from their home whose characteristics paralleled those of that week’s lecture theme and introduce them in two hundred words. The responses were enthusiastic, so the students' own favourite assignments were then edited by the tutor, Radu Leca, into a booklet designed by Susann Henker. Although all our interaction is online, we can still find ways to leave a material trace of our encounters. [View Booklet]

New Publication | A Companion to Korean Art

J.P. Park, Burglind Jungmann, and Juhyung Rhi (Editors): A Companion to Korean ArtA Companion to Korean Art. Edited by J.P. Park, Burglind Jungmann, and Juhyung Rhi, Wiley-Blackwell 2020
This year the series The Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Art History is expanded to include the first academically researched anthology on the history of Korean art written in English. Our current, eminent scholar of Korean art history, Burglind Jungmann, co-editor of this volume, is not only a graduate of Heidelberg University, but teaches this winter semester 2020/21 a lecture and several seminars on various issues in Korean art history at the IKO.
Korean pop culture has become an international phenomenon in the past few years. The popularity of the nation’s exports—movies, K-pop, fashion, television shows, lifestyle and cosmetics products, to name a few—has never been greater in Western society. Despite this heightened interest in contemporary Korean culture, scholarly Western publications on Korean visual arts are scarce and often outdated. This unique anthology brings together essays by renowned scholars from Korea, the US, and Europe, presenting expert insights and exploring the most recent research in the field.
Insightful chapters discuss Korean art and visual culture from early historical periods to the present. Subjects include the early paintings of Korea, Buddhist architecture, visual art of the late Chosŏn period, postwar Korean Art, South Korean cinema, and more. Several chapters explore the cultural exchange between the Korean peninsula, the Chinese mainland, and the Japanese archipelago, offering new perspectives on Chinese and Japanese art.
The definitive and authoritative reference on the subject, A Companion to Korean Art is indispensable for scholars and academics working in areas of Asian visual arts, university students in Asian and Korean art courses, and general readers interested in the art, culture, and history of Korea. [More Information] [Full access for Heidelberg University members]

Kürzlich rezensiert | Jesuitenerbe in Peking

Lianming Wang. Jesuitenerbe in Peking. Sakralbauten und transkulturelle Räume, 1600–1800. Heidelberg, 2020.
Dieser Band beschäftigt sich mit dem materiellen Erbe der jesuitischen Mission außerhalb Europas unter Einbezug dreier Pekinger Schlüsselbauwerke. Gestützt auf eine kritische Revision der Baugeschichte, gilt das Interesse zunächst der Transkulturalität und Wirkung der jesuitischen Bautopographie im Kontext flaneuristischer Stadterkundungen. Es gilt insbesondere, die Auswahl der identitätsstiftenden Bautypologien hinsichtlich ihres auf Machtrepräsentation ausgerichteten Mechanismus zu hinterfragen.
Zentral sind des Weiteren Fragen zum Einfluss der jesuitischen Räume auf die kaiserlichen, transkulturellen Machträume sowie die Positionierung der jesuitischen Gartenräume im Zuge transkultureller Wissenschaftsnetzwerkbildung im 17./18. Jahrhundert. Gestützt auf eine Vielzahl von Bildzeugnissen, liefert die Studie einen gründlichen Einblick in die globale Entfaltung der Kunst und Architektur eines historisch bedeutenden Klerikerordens und trägt zur aktuellen Debatte um die globale Kunstgeschichte maßgeblich bei. [weitere Information]

“Wang’s book offers such a wide range of interesting and useful information on this fascinating period and the transfer of knowledge initiated by the Jesuits that it deserves to be essential reading for everyone dealing with this subject.” Niklas Leverenz in: The Burlington Magazine, 162, 10/2020, 906-907

“[…] Wang’ book promises to advance comparative and interdisciplinary studies on the topic in a stimulating and creative fashion… a broader readership can appreciate this splendid volume for the high quality of factual information, intellectual penetration and historical and systematic reflection.” Hang Lin in: Ostasiatische Zeitschrift, Neue Serie, Nr. 40, Herbst 2020, 58-60

“Wang’s monograph is of course a splendid example of decentering Europe by offering the reader his impressive knowledge of both European and Chinese sacral architecture. While European (and specific Jesuit) decorative and architectural elements were exported to China, Jesuit artistic production itself was deeply influenced by Chinese demand and taste.” R. Po-chia Hsia in: Journal of Jesuit Studies, Vol. 8: Issue 3, 04/2021, 490–500

Neue Publikation | Xu Bing: Beyond the Book from the Sky

Fraser, Sarah E. and Yu-Chieh Li. Xu Bing: After the Book from the Sky. Singapore: Springer, 2020.
(eBook / Hardcover)

This book takes Xu Bing’s practices after his legendary Book from the Sky as a starting point to assess changes in the social and cultural conditions for art-making and the aesthetic turns in the development of contemporary Chinese art in the past 30 years. The volume contains transcripts of Prof. Xu’s lectures as the 2015 Heidelberg University IKO Heinz Götze Distinguished Professor and eight additional art historical essays. These explore themes such as Xu’s animal works, audience participation, new ink, prints, realism, socialist spectacle, and word play. A critical question addressed in these texts is what carries art to a global level beyond regional histories and cultural symbols. The authors critically re-examining art practices in their multi-layered context. Can Xu Bing’s trajectory be seen as a micro-history of post Cultural Revolution Chinese art? How does the Xu Bing phenomenon relate to other contemporary art practices and discourses?
"Absorbing critical essays on contemporary Chinese aesthetics addressing the social context and philosophical concerns that underlie Xu Bing’s key works. The authors analyze Xu’s art, shedding light on the tangled history of socialism and neoliberalism in the Post-Mao period."

--Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose, Senior Professor, Institute of East Asian Art, Universität Heidelberg

Auf ein Akademisches Viertel mit... Melanie Trede

jobDie Kunsthistorikerin und Japanologin Melanie Trede spricht in der Podcast-Reihe "Auf ein Akademisches Viertel mit..." der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften über Querrollen, Brainstormings mit Studierenden und darüber, wie eng Natur, Kunst und Kultur in Japan miteinander verwoben sind. [Reinhören...]

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Letzte Änderung: 14.01.2022
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