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February 08, 2012

Graduate Student Symposium - Tang Center, Princeton University

P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University


Graduate Student Symposium in East Asian Art
Saturday, 3 March 2012
101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University
9:30 am–5:30 pm

Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
Cosponsored by the Princeton University Art Museum

Myths and orthodoxies have given rise to compelling beliefs and canonical lineages in the arts and art histories of East Asia. The narratives of myths and orthodoxies uphold certain “truths” at the expense of others to serve the needs of those who perpetuate them. But only certain histories become “orthodox,” and only particular stories take on the title of “myth.” The “myths” and “orthodoxies” of historiography exert a further force that shapes the history of art. How do these stories sustain their power, and when do they lose power? Who decides? Do visual materials create, communicate, and maintain myths and orthodoxies in certain ways that texts can never accomplish?

This program brings together graduate students in East Asian art history from across the U.S. and Europe to discuss such questions. The keynote speaker, Professor Donald F. McCallum of UCLA, sets the stage for a diverse program of topics that cover all areas of East Asia geographically and span a broad range of topics: from textual orthodoxies of calligraphic replication to conflicting orthodoxies of vision and rhetoric in Chinese painting, orthodoxies of iconographic Buddhist transmissions, mythologizing effects of secret Buddhist images, myths of the distant other, and political uses of the mythological past.

All are welcome to attend. Although registration is not required, we request that you register through the symposium webpage http://www.princeton.edu/tang/symposia/gs/

Please direct inquiries to Lucy Weise (lweise[at]princeton[dot]edu) or call 609-258-1741.

Posted by zzhu at February 8, 2012 10:39 PM