VMPEA Winter 2022 Schedule

Dear VMPEA community,

The Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia (VMPEA) workshop is pleased to announce its Winter 2022 schedule. Currently, we are planning to have two online events, and two in-person hybrid events for this quarter. All the sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 4:45 to 6:45 pm CT unless noted. The in-person events will meet in CWAC 152; For the online events or those who would like to join us remotely, we will send out the registration links prior to the events. Meanwhile, the format is subjected to changes depending on the COVID situation and the regulations of the university.

We look forward to seeing you soon!




January 12 

Stephanie Lee, Ph.D student, Department of Art History, Northwestern University

“The Social Lives of Picture Postcards”

Discussant: Kaeun Park, Ph.D student, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan


February 23

Meng Zhao, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Art History, UChicago

“Theatrical Beholding: Visualizing Gaze in the Southern Song Court Milieu (1127-1279)”

Discussant: TBA

(in-person hybrid)

March 2 

Valentina Boretti, Research Associate, Department of History, SOAS

“New Wine in Old Bottles? The Re-tagging of Playthings in Twentieth-Century China”

Discussant: Zhang Xi, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Art History, UChicago


March 16 

Ma Boyao, Visiting Graduate Student, UChicago/ Ph.D student, Archeology Department, Sichuan University

“The Architectural Space and Architectural Image of a 5th-century Tomb in Xi’an”

 Discussant: Li Jiang, Ph.D Student, Department of Art History, UChicago

(in-person hybrid)

*The VMPEA’s in-person events are open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.


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