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Global History & Culture Centre Workshop Series


Global Art? China and Europe in Early Modern Material & Visual Culture

IAS Seminar Room, Millburn House
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7HS
25 February 2011
All welcome (no rsvp required)
Workshop Convenor: Dr Stephen McDowall


In this half-day workshop, part of the Global History & Culture Centre Workshop Series for 2011, we will hear from scholars who have engaged with the images and objects of Sino-European interaction in fascinating and thought-provoking ways, followed by a more general discussion of methodological issues and their application to global history.
Programme (also available in PDF (PDF Document) form):
13:15 Dr Stephen McDowall: Welcome
13:20 Prof. David Porter: Gendered Utopias in Transcultural Context: Chinese Porcelains and English Women's Writings, c. 1650-1750 (abstract (PDF Document))
14:00 Prof. Carolyn Steedman responds to David Porter
14:15 Questions & discussion (chair: Dr Rosa Salzberg)
14:35 Break
14:55 Dr Kristina Kleutghen: Performing a ‘Journey to the West’: The Problem of Theatres and Gardens in Sino-European Exchange (abstract (PDF Document))
15:35 Stephen McDowall responds to Kristina Kleutghen
15:50 Questions & discussion (chair: Prof. Maxine Berg)
16:10 Break
16:30 Dr Daniel Rycroft responds: Art History as Global History
16:45 General discussion (chair: Dr Anne Gerritsen)
17:30 Drinks
18:15 Close


David Porter ( is Professor of English & Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Ideographia: The Chinese Cipher in Early Modern Europe (2001) and The Chinese Taste in Eighteenth-Century England (2010).

Kristina Kleutghen ( is an independent Chinese art historian specialising in cross-cultural interactions during the Qing dynasty. She is currently revising a manuscript on monumental illusionistic painting at the eighteenth-century court, and is executive editor of the journal Modern Art Asia.

Daniel Rycroft ( is Lecturer in the Arts and Cultures of South Asia at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Representing Rebellion: Visual Aspects of Counter-insurgency in Colonial India (2006), co-editor of The Politics of Belonging in India: Becoming Adivasi (2011) and joint editor of the journal World Art.


Portrait of the Qianlong Emperor by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) dated 1736.



William Marlow (1740-1813), View of the Wilderness at Kew, 1763.



Engraving of Qianlong's 'European Palaces' by Ilantai (fl. 1750-1790), c. 1787.


Kwong Sang Hong

Kwong Sang Hong advertising poster, c. 1930.