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Mi, 27.10.2021

18:00 Uhr

Forms of Credibility, Patterns of Identification

Prof. Isabelle Thireau, L' École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris (France), Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

Mi, 27.10.2021

18:30 Uhr

1981 - The Chinese Communist Party and the Search for Historical Justice

Prof. Dr. Daniel Leese, Universität Freiburg, Institut für Sinologie

Mi, 03.11.2021

18:00 Uhr

Modular Socialism - Interior Design for Everyday Life in 1980s China

Prof. Dr. Jennifer Altehenger, Oxford University (UK), Faculty of History

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Infos zum Semesterstart SoSe 2021

Liebe Studierende, herzlich Willkommen am IKO im Sommersemester 2021! Aufgrund der andauernden Corona-Maßnahmen werden die Veranstaltungen im kommenden Sommersemester erneut unter besonderen Bedingungen starten. Alle Informationen und Ansprechpartner finden Sie auf der folgenden Seite.

Second Issue of CATSarena online


The 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]


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Inaugural Issue of CATSarena online

job The inaugural issue of CATSarena, the newsletter of the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS), is now online. It is focused on the topic of social distancing in Asia. As the two founding directors of CATS, Axel Michaels and Barbara Mittler, with the help of two generous designers, Susann Henker and Jennifer Landes, have served as editors for this inaugural issue of CATSarena.
[Read more] | [Subscribe] | [Read the inaugural issue]

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...]

Verantwortlich: SH
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