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Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)

Humanitas 2012 Visiting Professorship in Chinese Studies
Reading Absences in Chinese Art and Material Culture

Prof. Wu Hung, Harrie A Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

All events will take place at CRASSH in the Alison Richards Building, West Road, Cambridge (on the University's Sidgwick Site).


  • Wednesday, 9th May, 2012 at 5pm
    ‘Pillow and Mirror: Absence as Subjectivity’

  • Friday, 11th May, 2012 at 5pm
    ‘Representing Vacancy: Absence as Memory’

  • Tuesday, 15th May, 2012 at 5pm
    ‘Demolition Projects: Absence as Contemporaneity’


Registration for this event is required. See the CRASSH website for details.

  • Thursday, 17th May, 2012 from 2-6pm
    ‘Writing, Art, and Chinese Culture’

    The symposium will have contributions by Craig Clunas (Professor of the History of Art, Oxford), ‘Looking at Looking at Chinese Painting’; Alfreda Murck (Independent Scholar, Beijing), ‘A leaf falls’; Adam Chau (University Lecturer in the Anthopology of China, Cambridge), ‘Text Acts: The Textographic Fetish in Chinese Religious Culture’; Joseph McDemott (University Lecturer in Pre-Modern Chinese History, Cambridge), ‘An Absence of Place’; Shane McCausland (Senior Lecturer in the History of Chinese Art, SOAS, London), ‘Chinese Calligraphy in Mongol China’; and Timothy Barret (Professor of East Asian History, SOAS, London), ‘Bird Tracks: Writing, Printing, and Absence’.

Professor Wu Hung has published widely on both traditional and contemporary Chinese art. Major works on traditional art include The Wu Liang Shrine, Monumentality in Early Chinese Art and Architecture, The Double Screen, and The Art of the Yellow Spring. Professor Wu has curated many influential exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art and has written books and catalogues, including Transcience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Political Space, and Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Art (1990-2000). Besides teaching at Chicago University, Professor Wu is Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, Consulting Curator of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For further information, contact:

Hans van de Ven
Professor of Modern Chinese History
Department of East Asian Studies