Chinese Material Culture: Ceramics, Fans and Mirrors

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to an Asian History Hub seminar scheduled for Thursday 5 May, 4:15 – 6:15pm, in room 509, 757 Swanston Street Building. At this seminar Professor Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick) will present on her research on Chinese ceramics in the 13th – 18th centuries, and exchange observations with Professor Antonia Finnane (SHAPS, University of Melbourne), whose recent research on Chinese fans and bronze mirror covers some of the same terrain.

Professor Gerritsen is a specialist in the history of Chinese material culture in the early modern world. Her early research focused on the Song-Yuan-Ming transition, resulting in her 2007 book Ji’an Literati and the Local in Song–Yuan–Ming China (Leiden), and leading ultimately to her engagement in a large, collaborative research project on the manufacture, design, export and consumption of Chinese ceramics between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries.

Questions addressed include: What was particular about this period in terms of the production and consumption of luxury items made in China? What was the impact of long-distance trade on their form and the ways they were used? And what does it mean to consider history from the perspective of material culture?

All welcome.