Chen XIE

  • Asian Studies
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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After gaining a BA in History, Xie Chen trained in Ancient Chinese History (MA) at the University of Minzu in China and Art History: Collecting and Collections (Mlitt) at the University of Glasgow in the UK. In 2020, Chen was awarded with a PhD by the University of Birmingham. Her PhD research examines the social and political uses of calligraphy at the Tang courts, as well as investigates the configuration of Tang court society through the prism of calligraphy. Before coming to Edinburgh, Chen worked as Curator at Shenzhen Museum in China.


Research summary

Xie Chen's research interests include Tang Dynasty calligraphy and politics, the material culture of ancient China and the history of collecting. 

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Conference details

"Then and Now: Collecting Art and Exhibiting Cultures in Asia Conference," Lingnan University (Hong Kong), 20-21 May 2021. Gave a presentation on "Imperial Calligraphic Collection at the Tang Courts"

"Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2019," Edinburgh, 4-6 September 2019. Gave a presentation on "Governing by Writing: Applying Imperial Calligraphy in Tang Administration"

"China Academic Network on Gender 2019," Brussels, 14-16 February. Gave a presentation on "Imagination, Expectation, and Self-presentation: Calligraphy and Tang Women"

“International Medieval Congress 2016,” Leeds University, 4-7 July 2016. Gave a presentation on “Rightful Extravagance: Rising of Wang Xizhi’s Calligraphy at the Court of Emperor Tang Taizong”