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China and Inner Asia Session 245

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Session 245: Roundtable: New Themes and Directions in Chinese Art History

Organizer: Katherine R. Tsiang, University of Chicago, USA

Discussants: Katherine R. Tsiang, University of Chicago, USA; Jerome Silbergeld, Princeton University, USA

The organizer of this Roundtable is co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Chinese Art. Contributors to the volume include some of the most prominent scholars in Chinese Humanities. For this reason the editors of the volume see this as an opportunity for the field to reconsider its position within the larger disciplines of art history and cultural history, with a view to making humanistic studies more aware of the larger theoretical implications of artistic thought and practice in China over the past three millennia. This is the first opportunity for authors to meet and discuss the volume’s contents and shape. Authors will present outlines of their essays and invite comments and perspectives from other participants. The purpose of the volume is not to produce a survey of Chinese art history but to reexamine and change the state of the research in the field, as well as to provide concise and up to date information about the scholarly state of the field for historians outside of Chinese Studies. Topics to be discussed include pictorial representation, art collecting, pictorial space, media and materiality, and gender issues, as well as traditional theories of art in China in comparison to early modern theories of art in Europe.