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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 何峰 specializes in art history and intellectual history of early modern China, focusing on transcultural exchanges of materials and ideas between Germany and China. His dissertation project, Beyond Curiosities: Chinese Ceramics in the Shaping of Transcultural Antiquarianism 1709–1867, examines Jingdezhen porcelain and Yixing pottery in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden as well as German ceramics in chinoiserie styles, and explores how sociocultural actors in Dresden integrated Chinese ceramics in remaking antiquarian thoughts and disciplinary divergence. 

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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


Since 09/2016, Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Sarah E. Fraser and Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja

Since 10/2015, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context," Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University.

05/2013–05/2014, Assistant Curator, Department for Research and Display, Museum of Shanghai University, China. 

09/2010–06/2013, Master of Arts. Department of Art History, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, China. 

09/2006–07/2010, Bachelor of Arts, thesis with departmental honor. Department of Art Theory, School of Arts, Southeast University, China. 

Ausgewählte Publikationen

(Forthcoming) 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, Mio Wakita, and Lianming Wang. Heidelberg University Publishing.

(2018) He, Feng. “Ming Dramas as Sources for the Dancing Scene on Coromandel Lacquer Screens and Kangxi Porcelains.” Oriental Ceramic Society Newsletter 26 (May 2018): 3–6.

(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.​

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

(2017) He, Feng and Sarah E. Fraser. Entries 14, 26, and 34. In Dresden · Europa · Welt, edited by Jan Hüsgen and Romy Kraut, Dresden: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, 2017. 

(2016) HE Feng 何峰 and LIANG Shixin 梁诗昕. “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.

(2014) TAO Feiya 陶飞亚, GUO Ji 郭骥, LI Xinzhi 李信之, and HE Feng 何峰 eds. 上海大学博物馆艺术邀请展作品集 [Catalog for the invitational art exhibition at the Museum of Shanghai University]. Shanghai University Press, 2014. 

(2012) HE Feng 何峰. “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.

Conference Presentations

Reflexive Surfaces and Monumental Engagement: East Asian Porcelain in the Reshaping of European Antiquarianism.” Engaging China: Perspectives from the Margins. University of Oxford, 10–11/01/2018. The 27th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. Columbia University, 23–24/02/2018.

Trans-Media Display and Everyday Encounter: The Transcultural Agency of a Chinese Painting Motif.” The Second Conference of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology. University of Zurich, 24–27 August 2017.

Extraordinary Display and Everyday Encounter: The Agency and Transcultural Appropriation of a Chinese Painting Motif.” (Extra)ordinary China: Practices of the Everyday. University of Oxford, 11–12 January 2017.

The Global Lives of a Female Dancer: Transcultural and Trans-Media Appropriation of a Chinese Motif.” VVAK (Asian Art Society in the Netherlands) Symposium, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 26 November 2016. The Tenth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 10). Chiang Mai, July 20–23 2017.

Female Representation and Ceramic Metaphor: Cross-Media Visualisation of Female Body on Qing Dynasty Porcelain.” The Tenth Annual Conference on Asian Studies: Connecting the Old with the New. Palacký University Olomouc, 4 November 2016.

The Shoulder of Beauty and the Girding Flower: Ceramic Vessel as a Metaphor for Female Body.” Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Dresden, 8 July 2016.

Gazing at Earthly Paradise: Private Theatre, Garden and Female Representation on Early Qing Narrative Porcelain.” Cross-Media Porcelain Symposium, Heidelberg University, 31 March–1 April 2016. 5. Forum Ostasiatische Kunstgeschichte, University of Bonn, 27–28 May 2016.

Workshops and Summer School

Summer School “Digital Humanities: Processing and Analysing Images.” University of Antwerp, Belgium. 3–7/09/2018.

The University of Chicago/Getty Dissertation Workshop in Chinese Art History. Chicago, 20/08–01/09/2018.

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” [The 26th History Workshop, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica]. 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

(2018) Academic committee, Transcultural Studies Student Conference, Heidelberg University.

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