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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

HE Feng (何峰) specializes in the history of art/artifact and intellectual history in early modern China, focusing on transcultural exchanges of ceramics, lacquer works and prints between China and Germany. His dissertation project, Beyond Curiosities: Chinese Ceramics in the Shaping of Transcultural Antiquarianism 1709–1867, examines Jingdezhen porcelain and Yixing pottery in Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and German ceramics of chinoiserie styles. It explores how sociocultural actors in early modern German-speaking areas integrated Chinese ceramics in reshaping local cultural practice, and in reconfiguring intellectual traditions as modern disciplines. Feng is also interested in agency and biography of objects, history of photography, historical sociology and anthropology of arts.

Feng was trained in art history, museology, and sociology of arts in Nanjing and Shanghai, and served as an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Shanghai University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in East Asian art history at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.

Personal Website

Research Interests

East Asian material culture (17th to 19th centuries)

Transcultural histories of ceramics (17th to 19th centuries)

European antiquarianism (18th to 19th centuries)

History of photography in China (19th to 20th centuries)

Painting and art patronage in Nanjing (17th century)

(Trans)cultural biography and agency of artifacts

Historical sociology and anthropology of arts



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 Supervisor: 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

Museum of Shanghai University

        05/2013–05/2014, Assistant Curator, Department for Research and Display

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Journal Article

(2017) He Feng. “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) He Feng. “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

He, Feng. “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 University Publishing, forthcoming.

(2017) He Feng. “Embodied Beauty: Feminizing Chinese Ceramics in Eighteenth-Century China and Europe.” In Wechselblicke: Zwischen China und Europa 1669–1907, edited by Matthias Weiß, Eva-Maria Troelenberg and Joachim Brand, 98–114. Berlin and Petersberg: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Michael Imhof Verlag, 2017.​

Exhibition Catalogues

(2017) Co-author with Sarah E. Fraser, et al. Dresden · Europa · Welt. Edited by Jan Hüsgen and Romy Kraut, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, 2017.

(2014) Co-author and co-editor with Tao Feiya, et al. 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.

Conference Presentations

27th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. Columbia University, US. 23–24/02/2018.

2018 University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference. Engaging China: Perspectives from the Margins. Oxford, UK. 10–11/01/2018.

The Second Conference of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology. University of Zurich, Switzerland. Panel "Agency and Materiality in Cultural Dynamics" co-organized with Prof. Dr. Kitty Zijlmans, Leiden University. Conference travel grant from the Cluster Asia and Europe. 24–27/08/2017.

The Tenth International Convention of Asia Scholars. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Conference travel grant awarded by the Graduate Academy. 20–23/07/2018.

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. 11–12/01/2017.

VVAK (Asian Art Society in the Netherlands) Student Symposium, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Conference travel grant from the Cluster Asia and Europe. 26/11/2016.

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. 04/11/2016.

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. 27–28/05/2016.

Cross Media Porcelain Symposium, co-organized by the Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University, and Porcelain Collection of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Panelist and panel moderator. 31/03–01/04/2016.

Workshops and Summer School

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. 04–08/09/2017.

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.] 20–23/01/2017.

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


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.

Service to the Field

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