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New volume co-edited by Monica Juneja

Jul 24, 2018

Prof. Monica Juneja, HCTS Professor for Global Art History, recently co-edited the volume "EurAsian Matters: China, Europe, and the Transcultural Object, 1600-1800" with Dr. Anna Grasskamp, associate member of the HCTS. The volume provides case studies on transcultural objects regarding their mobility, identities, and meanings.

The volume "EurAsian Matters. China, Europe, and the Transcultural Object, 1600-1800" examines the mutually constitutive relationship between the materiality of objects and their aesthetic meanings. Its approach connects material culture with art history, curation, technologies and practices of making. A central dimension of the case studies collected here is the mobility of objects between Europe and China and the transformations that unfold as a result of their transcultural lives.

Many of the objects studied here are relatively unknown or understudied. The stories they recount suggest new ways of thinking about space, cultural geographies, and the complex and often contradictory association of power and culture. These studies of transcultural objects can suggest pathways for museum experts by uncovering the multi-layered identities and temporalities of objects that can no longer be labelled as located in single regions. It is also addressed to students of art history, of European and Chinese studies and scholars of consumer culture.

Monica Juneja and Anna Grasskamp wrote the introductory article "Art History, Materiality, and the Transcultural Object". They address the interrelatedness between matter and the meaning of objects, the concept of mobility, and the role of institutions that house and display these objects.

The book was published with Springer International Publishing.

Prof. Monica Juneja is the professor of Global Art History at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). She is also a director of the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and the HCTS.

Dr. Anna Grasskamp is an associated member of the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and the HCTS, and is a research assistant professor at the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" from 2013 to 2016.


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