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Dr. Chia-Ling Yang received her first degree from Chinese Literature at the National Taiwan University, a MA from Art History at the University of Warwick and her PhD at the University of London (SOAS) in Art and Archaeology. She was a visiting scholar at the Academia Sinica (Taiwan, 2000) and the University of Heidelberg (Germany, 2001-02), and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to research and teach in Art History at the University of Chicago (2003-04). Yang was Lecturer in Chinese Art at the University of Sussex (2004-07) and University of London (SOAS, 07-09) before she arrived in Edinburgh. She also lectures at the V & A and the British Museum on Chinese Painting.
Dr Yang researches principally on the Chinese painting, archaism in modern Chinese art, visual culture in Shanghai and its interactions with Japan and the West in 19th and 20th centuries.
She welcomes the research students who are interested in Chinese painting and calligraphy, cross-cultural artistic production, and the visual culture of modern/contemporary China.
Yang’s research aim, as an international scholar, is to contribute individually and collectively to the central/intellectual debates of the field in modern Chinese art. Building on her book New Wine in Old Bottles – Art of Ren Bonian in Nineteenth-Century Shanghai (London: EAP 2007) and 畫夢上海-任伯年的筆墨世界 (Painted Dream of Shanghai: Ink World of Ren Bonian) (Taipei: Diancang, 2011. Book Launch), Yang’s current monograph project, Teetering on the Edge – Re-Canonizing Chinese Ink Painting 1894-1949 discusses the thorny relationship between China and Japan, punctuated by jingoistic incidents arising from unresolved grievances of Japan's wartime incursions. Within China, nationalistic sentiments notably inhibit objective analysis of Sino-Japanese cultural exchanges during the end of the Qing throughout the Republican period. These political sentiments directly impacted the effects of National Learning, textual and antiquarian studies on the development of a new Chinese history and art history.
Her recent publication includes Lost Generation: Luo Zhenyu, Qing Loyalists and the Formation of Modern Chinese Culture ( hardcopy and e-book) resulted from a productive workshop. This volume opens the door on further avenues of research, specifically the formulation of a Chinese national art and identity during the subsequent Republican era (1911-1949). Pivotal in this were loyalists of the Qing, whose advocacy of 'traditional' culture seemed antithetical to European-inspired modernist movements.
Recent Conference Involved
Homage to Tradition: A Symposium on East Asian Art in Honour of Professor Roderick Whitfield 澄懷古道：韋佗先生七十五華誕暨國際東亞藝術史研討會, 13-15 December 2012, Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學. Co-organised by Puay-Peng Ho (CHKU), Hongxing Zhang (V&A) and Chia-Ling Yang (Edinburgh).
Chinese Art: Translation, Adapation and Modalities, 27-28 October 2011. University of Edinburgh. Hosted by Iain Boyd Whyte (AIT), co-organised by Claudia Heide and Chia-Ling Yang (Edinburgh).
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012