USF Visiting Scholar Program
The University of San Francisco's Center for the Pacific Rim calls for applications for its new Visiting Scholar program. The program is designed for domestic and international Visiting Scholars who wish to be in residence for 3-6 months. Independent research will be pursued in interaction with USF's faculty, students, and staff.
University faculty members in the humanities and social sciences with a research focus on the Asia Pacific region (China, Japan, Korea, India and the Philippines in particular) are encouraged to apply.
- Fall Semester (August 15 – December)
- Spring Semester (January – May 15)
- Summer (May 15 – August 15)
The application process is supposed to take up to at least three months. Interested scholars are encouraged to apply early.
For more information on research fields and the application procedure, click on: USF Center for the Pacific Rim.
Faculty highlight: New Faculty member on Asian Art History
Dear Colleagues and Students,
The Art History Program faculty members are very pleased to announce that we have offered the position of Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art History to Ms. Ying-chen Peng, and she has accepted. Ms. Peng is an ABD candidate at UCLA; she will complete her dissertation this spring. Her study, which is titled "Staging Agency: Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) and the Late Qing Court Art Production," explores the ways in which the empress constructed social identities through a diversified patronage that included architectural and garden design, painting, photography, theatrical costumes, and porcelain. Through a combination of social history, visual culture studies, and a focus on varied media, Peng develops her argument that the empress was able to differentiate between public and private spaces and used discourses of literary and theatrical beauty (bridging high and low culture), maternity, and age to gain respect and political power in late imperial China.
Ms. Peng has published several articles in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals on Asian Art, and is currently a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for this academic year. She is fluent in three languages, including Chinese and Japanese.
Her mock class at AU addressed several types of transnational influences that can be traced in the development of what westerners think of as "classical" blue-and-white Chinese porcelain, demonstrating her ability to focus not just on Chinese art history but also on the varied developments typical of pan-Asian art as well as its interchanges with art from other parts of the world.
Those of us who heard her scholarly lecture and/or her class were impressed by her energy, the clarity and complexity of her analysis, and her interest in issues related to feminism and gender studies as well as her knowledge of diverse periods and media in the long history of Chinese and pan-Asian art.
Next fall (2014) she will teach two courses: Arts and Material Culture of China (ARTH 396) and Women in East Asian Visual Culture (ARTH 496-696). In Spring 2015 she will teach Buddhist Arts of Asia (ARTH 225) and another upper level course, Modern And Contemporary Asian Art and Architecture (ARTH 496-696).
We look forward to welcoming Prof. Ying-chen Peng to AU and the Art History Program next fall!