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Professor Anne Gerritsen

Anne Gerritsen 

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Room: H018
Tel: 02476 523318


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  • Wednesday 10-11 (Teams);
  • Thursday 10-11 (H018)

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Books and edited books:

Writing Material Culture History, now in a new edition, as well as e-book! For a preview and a discount code, please see here.

The City of Blue and White (Cambridge University Press, April 2020). For a discussion about the book on the New Books Network, see here.

(eds.) Global Gifts: The Material Culture of Diplomacy in Early Modern Eurasia (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018), c. 320pp. (with Giorgio Riello and Zoltan Biedermann).

(eds.) Micro-Spatial Histories of Global Labour (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) (with Christian de Vito).

(eds.) The Global Lives of Things: The Material Culture of Connections in the First Global Age (London: Routledge, 2016), 248pp (with Giorgio Riello)

(eds.) Writing Material Culture History (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), 339pp., 65 B&W illustrations (with Giorgio Riello).

Ji'an Literati and the Local in Song-Yuan-Ming China. Leiden: Brill, 2007. See the limited preview on Google Books. The book has been reviewed in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Song-Yuan Studies, Etudes chinoises 27 (2008):173-77; Xinshixue 21.4 (2010): 247-254.


'Local Gazetteers Research Tools: Overview and Research Application', published with Chen Shih-pei, Ken Hammond, Shellen Wu and Zhang Jiajing in Journal of Chinese History, 4.2 (2020), pp. 544-558.

Visualising china in China. Guest blog for Visualising China.

Gerritsen, Anne, and Harriet Zurndorfer. ‘A Conversation With Harriet Zurndorfer’. Ming Studies 2017, no. 76 (2017): 80–83.

From Long-Distance Trade to the Global Lives of Things: Writing the History of Early Modern Trade and Material Culture’. Review article for the 20th anniversary issue of the Journal of Early Modern History 20 (2016): 526-544.

‘Domesticating Goods from Overseas: Global Material Culture in the Early Modern Netherlands’, Journal of Design History 29.3 (2016): 228-244.

‘Porcelain and the Material Culture of the Yuan Court (1279-1368).’ Journal of Early Modern History 16 (2012): 241-273.

‘Introduction to Global China: Material Culture and Connections in World History’ and ‘Material Culture and the Other: European Encounters with Chinese Porcelain, ca. 1650-1800’, with Stephen McDowall, eds., Journal of World History 23.1 (2012).

'Fragments of a Global Past: Sites of Ceramics Manufacture in Song-Yuan-Ming Jiangxi.' Journal of the Social and Economic History of the Orient, 2009.

'The Tale of Lady Tan: Negotiating Place Between Central and Local in Song-Yuan-Ming China, Medieval History Journal 11.2 (2008), pp. 161-186.

‘Prosopography and its Potential for Middle Period Research’, Journal of Song Yuan Studies 38 (2008), pp. 161-201. Available on Project Muse.

‘Friendship through Fourteenth-Century Fissures: Dai Liang, Wu Sidao and Ding Henian.’ Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China 9.1 (2007), pp. 34-69.

‘Shisan shiji Jiangxi Ji’an xiangcun de shenzhi chongbai—lishi xuejia de tianye diaocha’ 十三世纪江西吉安乡村的神祗崇拜, Nanfang wenwu 2, pp. 131-133.

‘The Many Guises of Xiaoluan: The Legacy of a Girl Poet in Late Imperial China’ Journal of Women’s History 17.2 (2005), pp. 38-61.

‘From Demon to Deity: Kang Wang in Thirteenth-Century Jizhou and Beyond’ T’oung Pao International Journal of Chinese Studies 90.1-3 (2004), pp. 4-35.

‘A Thirteenth-Century Cult in the Villages of Ji’an (Jiangxi), or ‘Fieldwork for Historians’,’ Journal of Song Yuan Studies 33. pp.181-185.

‘Visions of Local Culture: Tales of the Strange and Temple Inscriptions from Song-Yuan Jizhou’ Journal of Chinese Religions 28 (2000), pp. 69-92.

Chapters in edited books:

'Making the Place Work: Managing Labour in Early Modern China' in Micro-Spaital Histories of Global Labour, De Vito and Gerritsen, eds. (Palgrave, 2018): 123-45.

'A damaged and discarded thing', in The Material Cultures of Enlightenment Arts and Sciences. Adriana Craciun and Simon Schaffer, eds. (Palgrave, 2016): 199-201.

‘Chinese Porcelain Local and Global Context: the Imperial Connection’, Luxury in Global Perspective: Commodities and Practices, c. 1600-2000, Bernd-Stefan Grewe (Universität Konstanz) and Karin Hofmeester (IISH Amsterdam), eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

‘From Late Ming to High Qing (1550-1792)’, in Jeff Wasserstrom, ed., Oxford Illustrated History of China (Oxford University Press, 2016), 11-36.

‘The Global Lives of Things: Material Culture in the First Global Age’, with Giorgio Riello. In Gerritsen and Riello, eds., The Global Lives of Things (Routledge, 2016), 1-28.

‘Merchants in 17th-century China’, in Jan van Campen and Titus Eliëns, eds., Chinese and Japanese Porcelains for the Dutch Golden Age (Zwolle: Waanders, 2014). ISBN: 9789491196805. This book has won the 2015 book award of the American Ceramic Circle.

‘Scales of a Local: The Place of Locality in a Globalizing World.’ In Douglas Northrop, ed., A Companion to World History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

‘Ceramics for Local and Global Markets: Jingdezhen’s Agora of Technologies’ in Dagmar Schafer and Francesca Bray, eds., Cultures of Knowledge: Technology in Chinese History. Leiden, E.J. Brill, 2011. pp. 164-86.

‘Global Design in Jingdezhen: Local Production and Global Connections’ in Giorgio Riello, Glenn Adamson, and Sarah Teasley, eds., Global Design History (Routledge, 2011): 25-33.

‘The Hongwu Legacy: Fifteenth-Century Views on Zhu Yuanzhang’s Monastic Policies’ in Long Live the Emperor! Uses of the Ming Founder Across Six Centuries of East Asian History, edited by Sarah Schneewind. Ming Studies Research Series, volume 4 (Minneapolis: Society for Ming Studies, 2008), pp 55-72.

‘Searching for Gentility: The Nineteenth-Century Fashion for the Late Ming’ in The Quest for Gentility in China: Negotiations beyond Gender and Class, edited by Daria Berg and Chloe Starr, pp. 188-207 (London: Routledge, 2007).

Several contributions to The European World, 1500-1800 (Routledge, 2009). See the Routledge website for details

‘Liu Chenweng (1232-1297): Ways of Being Local.’ In The Human Tradition in Premodern China, Kenneth J. Hammond, editor. (Scholarly Resources, 2002), pp. 111-125.

'Women in the Life and Thought of Ch’en Ch’üeh: The Perspective of the Seventeenth Century.” in Chinese Women in the Imperial Past: New Perspectives. Harriet T. Zurndorfer, ed. Leiden: E.J.Brill, 1999), pp. 223-257.

Other publications:

Porcelain with a Local and Global Story’ in Detours: Social Science Education Research Journal 2.1 (2021): 67-69.

Gerritsen, Anne. ‘Rituele objecten in plaatselijke kronieken’, Aziatische Kunst 49.3 (2019): 2-13.

Ming China: Courts and Contacts 1400–1450’. Ming Studies 2017, no. 76 (2017): 116–20.

Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Emperor Huizong. Review in Monumenta Serica: Journal of Oriental Studies, 65.1 (2017): 245–248.

‘Flower Arrangement, etc.’, Vormen uit Vuur 232 (2016): 30-37.

Asia Inside Out: Connected Places, edited by Eric Tagliacozzo et al., Journal of World History 27.2 (2016): 355-357.

Cambridge History of China: Volume 5 Part 2, Sung China, 960-1279, edited by John Chaffee and Denis Twitchett. Review in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 79.2 (2016): 455-457.

‘Soja, zoals die uit Oost-Indien komt’; de vroege geschiedenis van sojasaus in Nederland’, Aziatische Kunst 45.3 (2015): 24-33.

‘The Potter’s progress’, Review of The White Road by Edmund de Waal in Apollo (October 2015), 124.

Gender & Chinese History: Transformative Encounters, edited by Beverly Bossler. For Wagnet Review, December 2015.

Dennis Flynn and Arturo Giraldez, China and the Birth of Globalization in the 16th Century (Farnham: Ashgate Variorum, 2010), for The English Historical Review 128 (2013): 1220-2.

‘Pieces of Porcelain History’, Review of The Porcelain Thief, in Times Literary Supplement (1 July 2015).

‘The global life of a soya bottle’, inaugural lecture, Leiden University 12/12/14. available online.

'Ceramics in the Ximenez-Da Vega Inventory', contribution to the project entitled 'Reading the Inventory: The Possessions of the Portuguese Merchant-Banker Emmanuel Ximenez (1564-1632) in Antwerp'.

'Material Culture', in Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies. Ed. Tim Wright. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

‘Not "Them," but "Us"’, Response to the AHA Roundtable, entitled ‘It's a Small World After All’, online edition of Perspectives on History, Summer 2013.

Bookreview: Dennis Flynn and Arturo Giráldez, China and the Birth of Globalization in the 16th Century (PDF Document) (Farnham: Ashgate Variorum, 2010), for The English Historical Review 128 (2013): 1220-2.

Bookreview: Michael North, Artistic and Cultural Exchanges between Europe and Asia, 1400-1900, for The English Historical Review 127 (2012): 1232-4.

Review of Tonio Andrade, How Taiwan became Chinese: Dutch, Spanish, and Han Colonization in the Seventeenth Century (New York, NY, Columbia University Press, 2008). See here.

Review of David Faure, Emperor and Ancestor: State and Lineage in South China in volume XLII, no. 83 (May 2009) of Histoire sociale - Social History.

Review of Schneewind, Tale of Two Melons in Journal of Asian Studies 66.3 (2007), 832-834.

Completed Research Projects:

I held a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities and Social Science, entitled Therapeutic Commodities: Trade, Transmission and the Material Culture of Global Medicine from November 2017 to October 2019. For more details, see here.

Global Jingdezhen: Local Manufactures and Early Modern Global Connections. Between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries, the manufacture, design, export and consumption of Chinese ceramics changed profoundly, and those changes, in turn, transformed many different parts of the world. This project, carried out jointly by Anne Gerritsen and Stephen McDowall, investigated the nature of those changes and transformations. This AHRC-funded research project, ran from 01-01-2009 to 01-07-2011.

The Material Culture of Early Modern Global Connections. This AHRC-funded research project, led by Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello, explored the material culture of global connections. The Knowledge Centre has produced a short piece on this project.

Cover of City of Blue and White


Global Gifts cover

Micro-spatial histories of global labour

Global Lives of Things Cover

Cover Writing Material Culture History

Cover of Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China

Review of Huan Hsu's The Porcelain Thief in The Times Literary Supplement

For my appearance on In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, see podcast here.

Matteo Ricci

See here for a short piece on the Jingdezhen shard market

shards for sale in Jingdezhen

Listen to my appearance on the 'Academic Minute' on WAMC, part of NPR.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Anne Gerritsen of the University of Warwick traces globalization to its sixteenth-century roots.

Companion to World History