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Shengfang Chou

Shengfang Chou has been awarded a PhD in History at the University of Warwick, December 2019. She gained an MA (RCA) degree in History of Design, jointly awarded by the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She had previously served as a research assistant for the Asian collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum and for 2011-13 working for Professor Giorgio Riello on a Leverhulme-funded project entitled ‘Textiles and Fashion in the Early Modern Period’ in the Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick.

Under the supervision of Professor Anne Gerritsen. Shengfang’s thesis mainly focuses on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Chinese history and Anglo-Chinese visual and material culture relations. Her publications, selected conference papers relevant to the Anglo-Chinese visual and material culture relations include:

• ‘Body of the Nation: Images Produced by British Photographer John Thomson and His Illustrations of China and of Its People ca. 1870’, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Art and Cultures, Norwich, UK, 22-23 June 2017.

• ‘Late Qing China and the British World: A Case Study of the "China-Man" Figure in British Popular Culture and Entertainment 1840-1920’, Material and Visual Cultures conference, University of Monash/Warwick collaborative project, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, 17 April 2012.

• ‘Rethinking Chinatown: The Flâneur and "Chinasteet" in Limehouse, 1900-1930’, Contesting British Chinese Culture conference, University of Reading, Reading, UK, 24-25 September 2011.

•‘Creating China: Fantasy and Fear in Anglo-Chinese Visual and Material Culture Relations (1840-1920)’, presentation given in the Conference entitled ‘New Perspectives on Asian Design and its Histories: Geographies, Chronologies, Methodologies’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, 22-23 July 2011.

•‘London Limehouse Chinese Community: Memory and Space Image, 1920-1944’ DARE (Design Age Research Exchange) Summer School at Tsinghua University – collaboration between the Royal College of Art, Research Councils UK and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 12-19 September 2010.

•‘Manchu Horse-hoof Shoes: Footwear and Cultural Identity’, Victoria and Albert Museum Online Journal, Issue No.2 Autumn, 2009


Seminar tutor, University of Warwick. Visiting lecturer, Bath Spa University and Royal College of Art/ Victoria and Albert Museum.


Global History and Culture Centre

DARE (Design Age Research Exchange), Royal College of Art, Research Councils UK and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Institute of Historical Research

Design History Society


Intrusion(s), Interactive Installation, Creative associate, 2008.

SILENTcity: Taipei, DVD, text in Chinese and English, l'oeuf ALCHIMIQUE and Hémione Productions, 2005.


•2008-2010 Bursary Funding, Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum, UK
•2007 Research Grant, Communaute Française de Belgique, Belgium
•2005 Publication Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei, Taiwan


Mandarin Chinese (mother tongue), Classical Chinese (fluent in reading and writing), English (fluent in speaking, reading and writing) and French (fluent in speaking and reading, competent in writing)

Shengfang Chou

Shengfang Chou

S dot Chou at warwick dot ac dot uk