Spatial Practices in Chinese Art History and Visual Studies

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    Emerging in the 1960–70s, the “spatial turn” as a research paradigm or discourse has generated a strong interest in academia regarding the values of reintroducing notions of space and place back into academic research. Scholars in this trend have generally acknowledged that human lives and activities are always situated on or occurred in relation to specific locations. Therefore, they have eagerly grounded their research in particular geographic contexts as opposed to other research methods which have tended to neglect the role of spatial or geographical specificity.
    This book talk series consists of the fall, spring, and summer seasons. Seeking to trace the implications of this research paradigm to Chinese art history and visual studies, this series invites nine scholars specializing in different Chinese historical periods—Ming, Qing, republican, socialist, or contemporary—to discuss notions of space, place, landscape, monument, cartography, geography, or mobility explored in their recent books. Topics covered in the series include open-air sketching, landscape making and travel in art history; moviegoing in cinema studies; cartography in knowledge production; and the making of war memories in monuments.
    This series examines the following questions:
    1. How did art patrons or producers in different historical periods engage with notions of space and place for ideological expressions, reconstructions, or mediations?
    2. How could the spatial dimensions of a visual medium (e.g. painting, film, map, monument) produce a narrative, by which individuals could engage with or interrogate their personal, social, or the national memories?
    3. How could a critical reading of these books inform us of the larger intellectual interest in spatiality as opposed to temporality?
    Period30 Oct 202130 Aug 2022
    Event typeOther
    LocationHong KongShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational