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Feng He, M.A.


Feng He, M.A.


  • Ph.D. Candidate, GPTS-7


Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Vossstrasse 2, Building 4400
Room 021
69115 Heidelberg


Über Feng He

Feng HE is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of East Asian Art History, University of Heidelberg, and a doctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”. Formerly an assistant curator at the Museum of Shanghai University, he is now writing a dissertation on seventeenth-and eighteenth-century transcultural appropriation of Chinese narrative motifs in German and Dutch decorative arts, and the role of East Asian porcelain in the shaping of European antiquarianism.


Research Interests

East Asian art and material culture

global histories of ceramics (East Asian, Central Asian, European, and hybridities)

antiquarianism and monumentality

(trans)cultural biography and agency of objects

historical and cultural sociology



Heidelberg University, Germany. PhD Candidate (21/07/2016) in East Asian Art History.

        Since 10/2015, graduate student, Institute of East Asian Art History.

        Since 10/2015, doctoral fellow, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies.

        Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sarah E. Fraser (Chair for Chinese Art History)

        Second Advisor: Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja (Chair for Global Art History)

Shanghai University, China

        09/2010–06/2013, Master of Arts. Department of Art History.

Southeast University, China

        09/2006–07/2010, Bachelor of Arts. School of Arts, Thesis with departmental honor.

Professional Employment

        05/2013–05/2014, Assistant Curator, Museum of Shanghai University.

Ausgewählte Publikationen


(2014) Co-author and co-editor. 上海大学博物馆艺术邀请展作品集 [Invitational Art Exhibition at the Museum of Shanghai University], Shanghai University Press, 2014.

Journal Article

(2017) “The Global Lives of a Female Dancer: Transcultural Identities of a Chinese Painting Motif.” Aziatische Kunst, 47/2 (2017): 5-12.

(2016) He Feng and Liang Shixin. “德语国家艺术史研究动态 (2010–2015) [History of Art in German Speaking Countries (2010–2015)].” 艺术学界 [Arts Study] 16/2 (2016):166–192.

(2012) “文交所如何走出困境——艺术品金融化新解和艺术市场三级体系的建立 [A Solution to the Dilemma of Cultural Property Exchange: Financialization of Artwork and Triangle System of Art Market].” 艺术市场 [Art Market] 2012 (08): 38–41.

Book Chapters

(2017) “Embodied Beauty: Feminizing Chinese Ceramics in Eighteenth-Century China and Europe.” In Exchanging Gazes: Between China and Europe 1669–1907, edited by Matthias Weiß, 7692. Berlin: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2017.​

(2017) “Theatricality and Trans-Media Motif of Early Qing Narrative Porcelain.” In Women Cross Media: East Asian Photography, Prints and Porcelain from the Dresden State Art Collection, edited by Sarah E. Fraser. Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, forthcoming.

Exhibition Catalogue

(2017) Author of three entries in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition "Women Cross Media: Photography, Porcelain and Prints from China and Japan," as part of the project "Dresden • Europe • Welt", on display March 3 to June 5, 2017. Residenzschloss, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany.

Editing Service

(2013–2014) Editorial board. 博物馆新科技 [Museum and New-Tech], quarterly journal published by the Museum of Shanghai University.

Conference Presentations


Aug. 24–27. The Second Conference of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology. University of Zurich, Switzerland. Panelist and panel co-organiser (with Prof. Dr. Kitty Zijlmans, Leiden University). Conference travel grant from the Cluster Asia and Europe, University of Heidelberg.

July 20–23. The Tenth International Convention of Asia Scholars. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Conference travel grant awarded by the Graduate Academy, University of Heidelberg.

Jan. 11–12. 2017 University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference. "(Extra)ordinary China: Practices of the Everyday." Oxford, UK. Conference travel grant from the Cluster Asia and Europe, University of Heidelberg.


Nov. 26. VVAK (Asian Art Society in the Netherlands) Student Symposium, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Conference travel grant from the Cluster Asia and Europe, University of Heidelberg.

Nov. 4. The 10th Annual Conference on Asian Studies: Connecting the Old with the New. Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic. Conference travel grant from the Cluster Asia and Europe, University of Heidelberg.

May 27–28. 5. Forum Ostasiatische Kunstgeschichte, Department of Asian and Islamic Art History, University of Bonn. Bonn, Germany. Conference travel grant from the Cluster Asia and Europe, University of Heidelberg.

March 31–April 1. Cross Media Porcelain Symposium, co-organized by the Institute of East Asian Art History, University of Heidelberg, and Porcelain Department, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Panelist and panel moderator. 

Workshops and Summer School

04–08/09/2017 European Association for Chinese Studies Summer School. Hidden in Plain Sight: Materiality, Meaning and Accessibility of Chinese Objects in Local Collections. University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus, UK.

20–23/01/2017 中央研究院歷史語言研究所第二十六屆歷史研習營“世界史視野中的匯流: 思想、文化、人群、工藝與制度”. 台北 [The 26th History Workshop. Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica. Taipei.]

27–28/10/2016 Graduate Student Workshop, Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe at Heidelberg University, and URPP Asia and Europe at Zurich University. Heidelberg, Germany. 


Assistant Curator. Jewel on the Crown: Polish Poster Art Exhibition. Museum of Shanghai University. December 16–29, 2014.

Assistant Curator. Invitational Art Exhibition of Shanghai University Museum. Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai. May 15–28, 2014.

Assistant Curator. Poetic Jiangnan—Landscape Oil Paintings by Prof. Shen Xing-gong. Shanghai Degas Art Space. December 3–30, 2011.