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Anna Grasskamp, Dr.


Anna Grasskamp, Dr.

Contact information

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstr. 2, Building 4400
69115 Heidelberg

Hong Kong Baptist University, Academy of Visual Arts
CVA Building, Hereford Road 5
Kowloon Tong
Hong Kong SAR of China


About Anna Grasskamp

Anna Grasskamp (PhD, Leiden University) is Associate Member of the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context at Heidelberg University and Research Assistant Professor at Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University. Anna was post-doctoral fellow at Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context at Heidelberg University from 2013 to 2016. In summer 2015 she was visiting postdoctoral fellow at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, from February to July 2017 fellow of the International Institute of Asian Studies at Leiden University, in August 2017 fellow at Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, and in January 2018 and December 2019 fellow at Staatliche Museen Berlin.

Anna's research interests include maritime material culture, the history of collecting and display as well as artistic exchanges between Europe and China during the early modern period and the twentieth century.

Anna has designed and taught three seminars in the Cluster of Excellence's Transcultural Studies Master Program and contributed to undergraduate teaching at Heidelberg University's Institute of East Asian Art History. Her activities at the Cluster of Excellence also included the co-organization of (and participation in) the conference "Transcultural Framing(s): Materials and Metaphors", October 30 - November 2, 2014, as well as the conceptualization and realization of the conference "EurAsian Objects: Art and Material Culture in Global Exchange, 1600-1800", November 21 - 23, 2014.

Image reproduced with permission by Joe Miletzki


Selected publications

"Branches and Bones: The Transformative Matter of Coral in Ming Dynasty China," in Gems in the Early Modern World, eds. Michael Bycroft and Sven Dupré, Europe's Asian Centuries (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), 118-147.

with Monica Juneja, eds. EurAsian Matters: China, Europe, and the Transcultural Object, 1600-1800, Transcultural Research - Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe (Berlin: Springer, 2018).

with Monica Juneja, "EurAsian Matters: An Introduction," in EurAsian Matters: China, Europe, and the Transcultural Object, 1600-1800, eds. Anna Grasskamp and Monica Juneja (Berlin: Springer, 2018), 3-33.

"The Frames of Reflection: 'Indian' Shell Surfaces and European Collecting, 1550-1650," in Objets frontière, ed. Sabine Du Crest (Paris: Boccard, 2018), 69-83.

"Spirals and Shells: Breasted Vessels in Sixteenth-Century Nuremberg," Res: Anthropology and aesthetics 67-68 (2016/2017): 146-163.

"EurAsian Layers: Netherlandish Surfaces and Early Modern Chinese Artefacts," Rijksmuseum Bulletin 63 (4) 2015: 363-398.

"Asia in Your Window Frame: Museum Displays, Window Curators and Dutch-Asian Material Culture," World Art 5 (2) 2015: 223-248. Anna Grasskamp (first author), Annette Löseke (second author).

“Metamorphose in Rot: Die Inszenierung von Korallenfragmenten in Kunstkammern des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts,” Tierstudien 4, theme issue Metamorphosen, 2013: 13-23.

“Frames of Appropriation: Foreign Artifacts on Display in Early Modern Europe and China,” in Qing Encounters: Artistic Exchanges between China and the West, eds Petra ten Doesschate Chu and Ding Ning, Issues & Debates (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2015), 29-42.

“Transcultural Margins: Pictorial Framing Strategies in Sino-European Print Culture, 1580-1680,” in FRAMINGS, eds Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Slavko Kacunko and Hans Körner (Berlin: Logos Verlag, 2015), 421-44.

“框架自然:從清宮中的三件珊瑚藝品論起 [Framing ‘Nature’: Three Coral Objects from the Qing Imperial Collections in Context],” Gugong Wenwu Yuekan 399 (June 2016): 108-117.

“We Call Them ‘Ginger Jars’: European Re-framings of Chinese Ceramic Containers,” Vormen uit Vuur 232 (3) 2016: 64-71. Co-authored by Wu Wen-ting.

“Framing ‘Asia’: Results from a Visitor Study at the Rijksmuseum’s Asian Pavilion,” Aziatische Kunst 44 (2) 2014: 49-55. Annette Löseke (first author), Anna Grasskamp (second author).

“Hungry Ghosts meet Ming Bling: Re-Framing 50 Years in the Life of an Empire,” International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter 70, 2015: 42. [Exhibition review]