History of Art Research Seminar: Chia-ling Yang


  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 17:15 to 18:15

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    Edinburgh
    EH3 9DF

Dr Chia-Ling Yang is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh.

She received her first degree in Chinese Literature at the National Taiwan University, a Masters from Art History at the University of Warwick and her PhD at the University of London (SOAS) in Art and Archaeology. She was a visiting scholar at the Academia Sinica (Taiwan, 2000) and the University of Heidelberg (Germany, 2001-02), and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to research and teach in Art History at the University of Chicago (2003-04). She was Lecturer in Chinese Art at the University of Sussex (2004-07) and the University of London (SOAS, 2007-09) before coming to Edinburgh.

In this paper, Chia-ling will first discuss the development of 'evidential study', how it became the dominant ‘Zeitgeist’, and what role scholarship played in nineteenth-century painting, calligraphy and antiquarian activities in the Lower Yangzi River area (Jiangnan). Taking as examples the prolific scholars Huang Yi (1744-1802), Ruan Yuan (1764-1849), Monk Shi Dashou (1791-1858), natives of the towns Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Nanjing, Chia-ling's study aims to uncover their network in circulating antique objects and rubbings, and to further illuminate how ‘antiquity’ was seen as a representation of time and civilisation, as well as the aesthetic criterion and inspiration for their creation of calligraphy and painting. 

The event is free and open to all.

This event is part of the History of Art Research Seminar Series of talks by guest speakers and colleagues. Find out more about the series.

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