Symposium | Beyond Chinoiserie, c. 1795–1911

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 28, 2015

From the symposium website:

Beyond Chinoiserie: A Workshop-symposium on Artistic Exchanges
between China and the West during the Late Qing Dynasty, c. 1795–1911

Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, 30–31 October 2015

images-2The mid 1790s witnessed the abdication of the Qianlong Emperor, who had ruled China for more than sixty years (1735–1796), as well as the last Western Embassy that traveled to China, organized by the Dutch East-India Company in 1794–95. Moreover, the decade saw the rapid rise of the opium trade, leading to an edict forbidding its use by the Jiaqing Emperor in 1799. The year 1911 marked the end of the Qing dynasty. By addressing the ‘long’ nineteenth century, the workshop is intended to explore a subject that has received comparatively less  attention than East-West artistic relations during the eighteenth century, when most exchanges took place between the Beijing and European courts.

The workshop is aimed at investigating what happened when political relations between China and the West soured and when artistic contacts were no longer situated at the courts but largely took place in the context of international commerce and middle-class culture. By choosing a format that is less formal than a conference or symposium, we hope to attract to the Seton Hall workshop more speakers on a topic that has in the last few years emerged as one that is crucial for our understanding of East-West relations, and of international relations generally.

Held under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies, with funding from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the workshop is co-sponsored by the University of Sydney and Seton Hall University. Its steering committee is comprised of Petra Chu (Seton Hall University), Yachen Ma (National Tsing Hua University), and Jennifer Milam (University of Sydney).

Attendance to the workshop is free, but registration is required. A simple registration form is found on the symposium website. Alternatively, call 973-761-7966.

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F R I D A Y ,  30  O C T O B E R  2 0 1 5

8:30  Coffee

9:30  Opening of Proceedings
Welcome: Deirdre Yates, Dean, College of Communication and the Arts, SHU
Aims of the Workshop: Petra Chu (SHU) and Jennifer Milam (U of Sydney)

10:00  Keynote Address 
Introduction of Keynote speaker: Dietrich Tschanz (Rutgers University)
Keynote: Elizabeth Chang (University of Missouri), Cultivating Chinoiserie: Organic Life and Exotic Design

11:15  Coffee Break

11:30  Panel Discussion
Cross-Disciplinary and Cross-Cultural Approaches: The Question of Exchange from the Chinese and Western Perspectives with Jennifer Milam (University of Sydney); Elizabeth Chang (University of Missouri); Stacey Sloboda (Southern Illinois University)

12:30  Lunch

1:30  Session 1: Chaired by Juergen Heinrichs, Seton Hall University
• Patricia Johnston (College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA), The China Trade and Emerging Imperial Aesthetics in Federal America
• Kristel Smentek (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Etienne Délécluze: Chinese Painting and Nineteenth-Century French Art
• Joyce Lindorff (Temple University), The Role of Music in George Macartney’s Embassy to China
Questions and Discussion (with coffee break)

3:30  Session 2: Chaired by Martha Easton, Seton Hall University
• Meredith Martin (New York University), Staging China and Siam in 1860s Paris
• Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State University), Appraising French Women ‘Collectors’ of Chinese Art in Fin-de-siècle France: Methods and Challenges
Questions and Discussion

5:00  Reception

S A T U R D A Y ,  3 1  O C T O B E R  2 0 1 5

8:30  Coffee

9:30  Session 3: Chaired by Charlotte Nichols, Seton Hall University
• Maggie Cao (Columbia University), Copying in Reverse: China Trade Painting
• Sarah Cheang (Royal College of Art, London), Fashion and Chinoiserie: Material Translations between China, Japan, and Britain
• Tara Zanardi (Hunter College), Fabricating the ;Manton de Manila’ as National Dress
Questions and Discussion (with coffee break)

11:30  Panel Discussion
Introduction (Katherine Paul), Some Ching Enameled Vases in the Newark Museum
The Centrality of the Object in Artistic Relations between China and the West, with Petra Chu, (Seton Hall University); Katherine Paul (Newark Museum); Kristel Smentek (M.I.T.); Mei Rado (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

12:30  Lunch

1:30  Session 4: Chaired by Dong Dong Chen, Seton Hall University
• Roberta Wue (University of California, Irvine), Xugu Abstracts
• William Ma (University of California, Berkeley), Carving between Cultures: The Woodcarving Workshop at the Shanghai Jesuit Orphanage
Questions and Discussion

3:30  Visit Newark Museum Asian collections with Dr. Katherine Paul, Curator of Asian Art, Newark Museum (transportation on your own).

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