Conference of European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
15-19 September 2021
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Conference Programme

The preliminary programme for the 3rd EAAA Conference is available here. The final programme will be published by 31 May 2020.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Craig Clunas, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, University of Oxford
Wednesday, 16 September 2020,17:00–18:00


Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana
Poljanski nasip 2, 1000 Ljubljana

For a map with the marked location please click here.

Keynote speech:

The Invisible (Chinese) Flâneuse: Jin Zhang in London, Paris and Art History

Jin Zhang (1884-1939) is often best-remembered today as the sister of the painter and Republican cultural leader Jin Cheng (1878-1926), or as the mother of the art historian Wang Shixiang (1914-2009). But what happens if we try to tell a story which has this woman at its centre, instead of at its margins? Most unusually for an upper class woman of the late Qing, she spent a significant portion of her youth in London and Paris, where she not only may well have studied at art school (as accounts of her life maintain) but certainly was exposed to the modern art of western Europe. As the wife of a Qing imperial diplomat, she hosted her brother’s trip to Paris in 1910-11, a trip he recored in his diary along with his impressions of the new currents in art which he saw as making painting ‘more Chinese’. This talk will examine what it is possible to know about Jin Zhang herself, and the way in which her European sojourn acted upon the art she went on to produce in the 1920s and 1930s. It will reflect on how we can research the art of China now, and how such possibilities have changed over the couse of the last forty years.

Craig Clunas held the chair of art history at Oxford from 2007 to 2018, the first scholar of Asian art to do so. Much of his work concentrates on the Ming period (1368-1644), with additional interests in the art of 20th century and contemporary China. Before coming to Oxford he worked as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and taught art history at the University of Sussex and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His most recent book, Chinese Painting and Its Audiences (2017), is based on his AW Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, delivered at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, in 2012. His current projects include an exhibition focusing on the Chinese works in the antiquities collection of Sigmund Freud.


Book of Abstracts

The Book of Abstracts containing presenters’ abstracts, affiliations, and contact information (email address) will be published in time for the conference. All the abstracts will be proofread (grammar and spelling only) before editing and printing.
Please refer to the registration form to indicate the following:

  • Whether you agree that your email address is published in the book of abstracts;
  • Whether you would like to receive a proofread version of your abstract before publication.


Accompanying Events

[Coming soon…]


Book Exhibition

A book exhibition will be set up as part of the conference programme, intended for publishers to display and advertise the titles that may be of interest to the conference participants and attendees. The stands will be installed in the hall, right next to the lecture rooms and the coffee break area.

Should you be interested in setting up your own stand at the conference, please feel free to contact Mina Grčar at for more information.


How to Register?

Registration is mandatory for all conference participants (speakers, panel chairs and discussants) and attendees (audience members). A two-year EAAA membership (regular EUR 60.-, students EUR 20.-) is a prerequisite for all participants. Please follow the steps below to register:

  1. Become an EAAA member or update your EAAA membership here.
  2. Please fill out the online registration form by clicking the link below:
  3. After submitting your registration form online, you will receive an invoice with payment details.
  4. Make the bank transfer (unless you checked the Payment in Cash option).

By submitting your registration form, you accept the terms of attendance and give permission to the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, to process your personal data for the purpose of organizing the conference. The Faculty of Arts will process your personal data in compliance with the applicable regulations in force.


Registration Fee


Payment via Bank Transfer

 Early bird before 30 June 2020
EUR 50.- (regular participant / attendee)
EUR 25.- (student participant / attendee)

Payment before 15 August 2020
EUR 60.- (regular participant / attendee)
EUR 30.- (student participant / attendee)

Payment in Cash

On-site in Ljubljana, 16-20 September 2020
EUR 70.- (regular)
EUR 35.- (student)

The conference registration fee covers coffee break refreshments, conference package, the welcome reception (Wednesday, 16 September 2020) and access to all events except the closing dinner party. Please note that medical insurance, travel costs, and accommodation are the personal responsibility of each conference participant and attendee.

If you wish to secure your ticket for the closing dinner party (Saturday, 19 September 2020), please check YES when filling out your Registration form. The payment in cash (20 EUR/person) should be done on-site at the time of registration. Upon paying the fee you will receive a ticket as confirmation, with which you will be able to attend the closing dinner party on 19 September 2020.


Payment Details

After submitting your registration form online, you will receive an invoice with payment details for the registration fee in the next few days.

When sending your payment, please make sure that we can identify it as yours; for this reason, please keep in mind to state your full name in the purpose of payment.

Please note that bank transaction fees are usually charged for such payments. If not otherwise specified, they may be deducted from the amount transferred. As your registration can only be completed after payment, please ensure that any transaction fees are paid at source (i.e. not charged to the recipient), so that we receive the full fee amount.

Please keep in mind that the membership fee and the conference registration fee are to be paid through two different channels and therefore cannot be transferred together in one payment to one account.

Should you have any further questions regarding the payment details, do not hesitate to contact


Cancellation Policy

No refund of the registration fee is available in the event of your cancellation. However, in case you are not able to participate, we would kindly request that you inform us of your cancellation as early as possible by e-mail (send to so that we can make the necessary adjustments to the program.


Becoming a Member

A two-year EAAA membership (regular EUR 60.-, students EUR 20.-) is a prerequisite for all participants. Become an active EAAA member here.


Venue and map


Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Aškerčeva cesta 2
1000 Ljubljana

Keynote speech and welcome reception:
Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana
Poljanski nasip 2
1000 Ljubljana

Closing dinner party:
[Coming soon…]



If you are arriving in Slovenia by plane, you can take the bus to get to Ljubljana. There are direct bus connections between the airport and Ljubljana main station that run regularly every few minutes. The journey takes about 30 minutes, depending on the connection.

Please visit the following site for more information:
Getting from the Ljubljana airport to the city

If you are arriving by car, train or bus, you might need to take the city bus to get to the conference venues (see Accessibility).


Visa Support

Please see the Registration form and indicate whether you will need the official Invitation letter from the organizing institution (Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana).



The conference will take place at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, which is located in the city centre, on Aškerčeva cesta 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. Due to its central location, it is easily accessible either by city bus or car and even on foot.


By city bus

Ljubljana is small and many places in the city can be easily reached on foot, while the city bus network is also quite efficient. If you decide to take the city bus to get to the faculty, you might have to purchase the Urbana city card.

Please visit the following website for more information:
Public transport in Ljubljana (LPP)

By car

If you are arriving by car, you can park on the streets nearby, but you might have to pay a fee of 0.50 € per hour (parking time is limited in certain areas). Close to the faculty (if you cross Slovenska Street) there is a large parking space called NUK (priced at 1.30 € per hour).
You can park your car on the outskirts of Ljubljana, for example Barje P+R , then take bus number 9, which stops near the faculty (bus stop Mirje), or Dolgi most P+R and take bus number 6, which stops right in front of the faculty (bus stop Aškerčeva).

By train or bus

If you come by train or by bus, you can use city buses number 2, 27 or 9, which stop at bus stop Kolodvor next to the central bus station.

On foot

If you prefer walking, it will take you approximately 30 min from the station to the faculty (the distance is about 2 kilometres).



Ljubljana offers a wide selection of accommodation possibilities in different price ranges. Nevertheless, September is a very busy month for tourism in Ljubljana, especially due to many conferences taking place during that season. Therefore, we kindly suggest that you make your reservations as soon as possible so that you still have a reasonable array of options to choose from. However, due to the current situation related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the prices of accommodations might change in the coming weeks and months.

We made some preliminary bookings for the conference participants at two of the centrally located hotels. Both options are pre-booked between 15 September and 21 September 2020 (you can also adjust the date individually).


Art Hotel ***

Address: Soteska 8, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel.: + 386 1 252 68 00

Double or twin room: 139€ /room /night
Single room: 134€ /room /night

The option is open until 15 July 2020. The booking should be made directly by email (not via other online platforms). Please use the reference code *Filozofska fakulteta 15-21.9.20*.

Central Hotel ****

Address: Miklošičeva 9, 1000 Ljubljana
Tel: +386 1 308 43 00

Double or twin room: 160€ /room /night
Single room: 150€ /room /night

The option is open until 4 August 2020 and the booking should be made at the link here.


The two most well-known platforms, and Airbnb, both offer a great variety of different accommodation options in Ljubljana. Ljubljana also has a wide range of affordable hostel accommodation.

Please note that if you wish to make sure you are staying within a walking distance from the conference venues, you might want to check the location on the map as well. With a small town like Ljubljana, what is advertised as a »central location« might not necessarily mean it is really located in the centre of town.

If you are coming by car, the location within the large pedestrian zone might pose a problem. Please keep in mind to also make the necessary arrangements for the car when making your hotel reservation.

Useful tourist information (links)

Ljubljana info (basic information, travel information)

Ljubljana in 48 hours

All about Ljubljana(hotels, sightseeing, history)

Visit Ljubljana

Lonely planet about Slovenia and Ljubljana



For questions related to the EAAA and membership, please email

For questions related to the conference, please email

For questions related to payment of registration fees, please email

For questions related to the book exhibition and options of reserving a space to advertise your publications, please email

Organizing committee:

Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik (EAAA, University of Ljubljana)
Maja Veselič (University of Ljubljana)
Helena Motoh (Scientific and Research Centre Koper)
Tina Berdajs (Univesity of Ljubljana)
Mina Grčar (University of Ljubljana)