Koto Sadamura is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Comparative Literature and Culture in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies at the University of Tokyo, where she completed her M.A. in 2009. Her research interests include the impact of interactions between Japan and Europe/the U.S. on Japanese art in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Her research focuses on the Japanese painter Kawanabe Kyōsai [1831-1889], who had frequent contact with foreign residents and visitors in Japan, especially in his later years. Kyōsai's creative activities took place in active communication with these international collocutors. She is particularly interested in what influence Kyōsai had on the European and American understanding of Japanese art, and vice versa, and what influence European and American interest and ideas of Japanese art had on Kyōsai’s creative activities.
Hui-Hung Chen is currently an associate professor of the Department of History at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. She is currently writing a book entitled Encounters and Communications with Objects: Jesuit Visual and Material Culture in China, 1582-1700. This research is partially based upon her Ph.D. dissertation: “Encounters in Peoples, Religions, and Sciences: Jesuit Visual Culture in Seventeenth Century China” (Brown University, U.S.A., 2004). Hui-Hung began her study of Early Modern European art and history at Brown University, focusing on Christian art and its traditions, the Jesuits and Counter Reformation, as well as cross-cultural encounters between Europe and China. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, then began her current job at National Taiwan University in February 2005. Her article entitled “The Human Body as a Universe: Understanding Heaven by Visualization and Sensibility in Jesuit Cartography in China,” published in The Catholic Historical Review, was awarded The Peter Guilday Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association, U.S.A. in 2008.
1. 〈利瑪竇研究的過往及思考：兼論幾本新著及利瑪竇史料〉, Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies 臺灣東亞文明研究學刊 10 (1): 261-297 (June 2013) (Taipei). (Peer-review journal article, in Chinese, English translation title: “Rethinking the Studies on Matteo Ricci: Reviews and Sources.”)
2. Review of The Jesuit Mission to New France: A New Interpretation in the Light of the Earlier Jesuit Experience in Japan, by Takao Abé, Renaissance Quarterly 66 (2): 672-673 (2013).
3. Review of A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610, by R. Po-chia Hsia, The Catholic Historical Review 98 (1): 182-83 (2012).
Jaebin Yoo is a Ph. D. candidate in Art History at Seoul National University, Korea. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University and has been a lecturer teaching Korean Art History for the last five years. She is currently working on her dissertation, "Court-Sponsored Paintings from the Era of King Jeongjo (r.1776-1800)," in which she examines how King Jeongjo promoted paintings and prints to advance his own political aims and improve the image of the ruler. In particular, she hopes to illuminate the environment in which court art was worshipped, discussed, and distributed by placing these practices in their ritual, political, and bibliographical contexts. At HYI, she will focus on the increasing use of illustrated prints in official publications under Jeongjo’s order, and investigate his strategy of visualizing knowledge in relation to illustrated prints and encyclopedias that were officially imported from Qing China.
Wu Xueshan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of Art History, Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is currently Associate Professor at Minzu University of China. His research interests lie in Chinese art history. He has published Collection of Wu Xueshan’s studies of Chinese Art History (Beijing: China Minzu University Press, 2009) and Zhang Zeduan’s Qingming Shanghe Tu (Beijing: Cultural Relics Press, 2009).
Hongfeng Tang received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Beijing Normal University. She graduated in 2009 and now works at the Chinese National Academy of Arts as an assistant researcher. She was a visiting scholar in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto from 2007-2008. Her research interests focus on 20th-century China, especially late Qing and early Republican Chinese literature, visual culture and intellectual history. She is also interested in contemporary Chinese intellectual debates and Chinese-language cinema. She recently published the book Traveling Modernity: Studies on Travel Narrative in Late Qing Novels (Lvxing de Xiandaixing: Wan Qing Xiaoshuo Lvxing Xushi Yanjiu) ( Beijing Normal University Press, 2011). She is currently working on a project on Late Qing and Early Republican Chinese Visual Culture Studies, sponsored by the Chinese National Philosophy and Social Science Fellowship Office. She is also participating in a project on late Qing and early Republican Chinese literary thought.
Cai Tao is a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Art History at the China Art Academy. His current research interest focuses on modern Chinese art movements of the 1930s and the Sino-Japanese relationship. As a curator at the Guangdong Museum of Art (GDMoA) since 1997, he has organized a series of exhibitions on modern Chinese artists who studied in Japan. In November 2007, he curated an exhibition on “Floating Avant-Garde: The Chinese Independent Art Society (Zhonghua Duli Meishu Xiehui), and Modern Art in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tokyo in 1930s” held at GDMoA. He now works as Associate Research Fellow at the Guangzhou Fine Art Academy.
Editor: Cai Tao. with Kure Motoyuki.《浮游的前卫：中华独立美术协会与1930年代广州、上海、东京的现代美术》 （Floating Avant-Garde: Zhonghua Duli Meishu Xiehui (The Chinese Independent Art Society, 1935) and Modernist Art in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tokyo”）, forthcoming.
Editor: ______. with Feng Bi, Zheng Ziyan. 《铁马野风：野夫的木刻艺术》（Ye Fu’s Wood cut Painting）, 2010.
Editor: ______. 《赵兽：神秘的狂气》（Zhaoshou: Surrealist Cross A Century）, 2008.
Editor: ______. 《梁锡鸿：遗失的路程》（Liangxihong: Lost Landscape）, 2006.
Editor: _____. with Li Mei, Cai Meng and Li Gongming,《第三届广州国际摄影双年展》（The 3rd Guangzhou Photo Biennale）, 2009.
Editor: _____, with Kuang Jinqiong, Liu Duanling, 《第二届广州国际摄影双年展》（The 2nd Guangzhou Photo Biennale）, 2007.
Editor: _____, with Gu Zheng, Liu Duanling.《第一届广州国际摄影双年展》（The 1st Guangzhou Photo Biennale）, 2005.
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Current Research Projects and Interests: Garden Culture in the Ming and Qing dynasties; 17th Century Chinese Women Painters
Soojin Kim is a Lecturer and a Ph. D. Candidate at the Department of Archeology and Art History, Seoul National University, Korea. She has been participating in a project entitled "A Publishing and Digitalizing Korean Biographical Dictionary of Calligraphers and Painters of Korea" organized by the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. Since receiving her M.A. degree with a thesis on the eighteenth century Korean court painter KIM Hee-song (金喜誠) who gained fame for record paintings to propagate political achievements of Yong-jo (英祖: r.1724-1776), she has published articles on court-patronized art in the second half of the Choson Dynasty, including the period of the Great Han Empire (大韓帝國: 1897-1910). Her academic interests include the following issues: How court paintings visualize the authority and the ruler-ship of royal patrons, how characteristics of court style and iconography were constructed, and how court paintings were used strategically as means of self-fashioning and propaganda. She is currently doing research on the tradition of Japanese academic paintings while working on her subject "Court Painting and Patronage in the period of the Great Han Empire".