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What Art History in China is


Admission requirements

No language requirement


This course introduces students to the methodology and historiography in Chinese visual art. Focusing on topics such as iconography, portraiture, social history of art, visuality, space and spectacle, originality and emulation, and body, it helps students understand debates and trends in the historical formation and current practice of the discipline. In each session, students will be introduced to a broad range of readings on general theory and case studies in Chinese visual art and discussion will be guided to consider their relevance critically.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Recognize major historical debates in the field of Chinese visual art, and understand the direction in which discipline is moving;

  • Identify primary and secondary sources related with their specific interests and engage them with the material and methods introduced in this class;

  • Develop three skills central to advanced art historical research: careful reading, confident oral presentation, and clear critical writing.


The timetable is available on the Asianstudies website

Mode of instruction


Course Load

10 EC = 280 hours total

Weekly seminars: 14 × 2 hours (28 hours total )
Class preparation (complete assignments and readings): 6 × 14 hours (84 hours total)
Preparation for presentation: ca. 28 hours
Written Work: 140 hours

Assessment method

  • Class participation and and written response 20%

  • Class discussion groups 20%

  • Final Paper 60% (1) Paper Proposal 10% (in class presentation) (2 )Written research paper 50%


Blackboard ( is usded in the course.
Students must self-enrol on Blackboard, which is used for posting syllabus, class communications, and essay submission.

Reading list

See blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch


Dr. Fan Lin