|Nudes in Early Republican China: Editorial Agency, Popular Press and Transcultural Production|
Thursday, October 01, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Bunche Hall 11372
Lecture by Liying Sun, University of Heidelberg
In the past ten years, art historians have researched Chinese “tastes” surrounding luoti (literally: “unclothed bodies”) in Early Republican China, mainly focusing on the visual representations of nudes in fine art, as well as the related history of Western artistic education in the Shanghai area. Many scholars have noted that nudes, especially “Western” female nudes, appeared frequently in print media; however, existing studies have not yet provided satisfying answers to several fundamental questions. For example, how was the concept of luoti understood in the Republican Era? From where did these “Western” nudes “flow” to China, eventually appearing in Chinese media? Who produced the nudes? This talk will explore these questions by showcasing examples from illustrated newspapers and magazines of the 1920s-30s, such as Beiyang huabao 北洋畫報 (“Pei-yang Pictorial News,” 1926-1937), Sheying huabao 攝影畫報 (“Pictorial Weekly,” 1925-1937) and Linglong 玲瓏 (“Linloon Magazine,” 1931-1937). These examples illustrate the (often Western) origins and trajectories of the dissemination of nude photographs, and the editorial strategies aimed at incorporating nudes into periodical publications.
LIYING SUN is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Heidelberg, Germany. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Nankai University, China, and her Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg. Her dissertation is entitled “Body Un/Dis-covered: Luoti, Editorial Agency and Transcultural Production in Chinese Pictorials (1925-1933).” Her research interests cover print culture, visual culture, and body culture, and silent films in early Republican China.
The Afterlives of Han Historiography
Ethnic Formation and Silk Road Invention
Friday, October 02, 2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Charles E. Young Research Library Presentation Room
Taiwan Studies Lecture Series
Chinese classical texts have long provided a repertoire of narratives, arguments, and logics from which later perspectives on people and places have been constructed. Issues of social identity within China and the country’s relationships to spaces through which its borders have been drawn have been important projects that have accompanied the more familiar construction of national identity and territory. Presentations by Tamara Chin (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University) and by Michael Wang (Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica) offer examples of the use of Han historiography to locate minority people within the nation and places within and beyond China as constituents of a larger world in which China figures prominently. The discussion will be moderated by Richard Von Glahn (Professor of History, UCLA).
Han Historiography in the Modern Construction of the Silk Road
By Tamara Chin, Brown University
The Legend of Panhu: Representation and Reality
By Michael Wang, Academia Sinica
Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Asia Institute, Program on Central Asia, UCLA Dean of Humanities, Taipei Economic and Cultural Organization in Los Angeles