Conference Notice: Imitation or Appropriation? Intermediality in Qing Imperial Art and Culture (13-15 May 2021)

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May 13, 2021 to May 15, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Chinese History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Research and Methodology, World History / Studies



Imitation or Appropriation? Intermediality in Qing Imperial Art and Culture

Virtual Conference organised by Research Students from the History of Art and Archaeology (HAA) Department and hosted by the East Asia Research Seminar (EARS) 

the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK

13-15 May 2021

In the history of Chinese art, Qing imperial art stands out as a unique type that speaks to the spirit of innovative creativity and systematic order. Facilitated by the development of new technologies as well as new visual and material trends within and outside of China, imitations of various media, ranging from ancient bronzes to organic precious stones, frequently took place in art-making practices at the Qing court. At the same time, appropriations of designs and styles from earlier art forms originating in China and those introduced from other parts of the world were also favoured by Qing imperial patrons.

The current conference brings scholars from different parts of the world together to share their research on the interplay between various material forms, pictorial images, and relevant discursive repertoires of values and beliefs in art practices at the Qing court. Through this event, we hope to break down barriers between different forms of art and unveil a series of historical moments, when intermedial dialogues in the production of Qing imperial artworks led to the creation of innovative art forms, the vigorous practice of cross-media imitation/appropriation, as well as the generation, alteration and loss of meanings.

The conference will take place via Zoom from 13-15 May 2021, beginning with a Keynote Lecture delivered by Dr. Lai Yu-Chih from the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is necessary. Updates about the conference and the Zoom meeting link will be sent out to those who have registered for the event in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to share the registration link to your friends and colleagues and invite them to join us at the conference.

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