The preliminary programme for the 3rd EAAA Conference is available HERE in PDF format.
Professor Craig Clunas, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, University of Oxford
Thursday, 14 September 2023, 17:00–18:00
Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Aškerčeva 2, 1000 Ljubljana
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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 recorded 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 course 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. He previously 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. In 2022 he curated Freud and China at Freud Museum London. His next book, The Echo Chamber: Transnational Chinese Painting, 1897–1935 will be published in 2023 in a bilingual English/Chinese edition. He is currently working on a book about the Ming imperial family.
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:
1) Whether you agree that your email address is published in the book of abstracts;
2) Whether you would like to receive a proofread version of your abstract before publication.
On the last day of the conference, 17 September 2023, the organizers have prepared two optional excursions to visit two exhibitions of East Asian objects in Slovenia.
Excursion to Celje
17 September 2013, 9:00-19:00
The price of the trip is 45 EUR. It includes transportation, lunch, entrance to Celje Old Castle and a guided tour of the castle. Admission to the exhibitions and guided tours of the Celje Regional Museums is free. By ticking the optional excursion box on the registration form, you agree to pay the cost of the excursion in cash or directly to the EAAA bank account. This also applies if you do not participate in the trip.
Excursion to Piran
17 September 2013, 9:00-19:00
The price of the trip is 45 EUR. The price includes transportation, lunch, entrance to the Holy Trinity Church and guided tour of Piran. Admission to the exhibition and guided tour in the Maritime Museum Piran is free. By ticking the optional excursion box on the registration form, you agree to pay the cost of the excursion in cash or directly to the EAAA bank account. This also applies if you do not participate in the trip.
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 Marko Ogrizek at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.