27 Apr 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm Mill Lane Lecture Room 9


The lecture is free to attend and no registration is required.

The CRASSH Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chinese Studies, Xu Bing (Former President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing),  will give  two public lectures  and participate in a concluding symposium. He will also attend a talk and reception at the Fitzwilliam Museum to celebrate his visit to Cambridge.


Based on his practice in the past decades, Xu Bing will analyze how the cultural gene has been passed on and  has thus influenced  art making.
-The definition of tradition is something transmitted through cultural DNA
-What is the strength and weakness of Chinese tradition? How the two can be mutually convertable
-Why we hardly take advantage of our own tradition
-How the traditional and the contemporary relate with each other
-The cause of certain phenomenon in contemporary China

Other events in this series

Talk and Reception: Tuesday 28 April Xu Bing at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Lecture 2: Wednesday 29 April The Energy of Reality and the Creativity of Art

Symposium: Thursday 30 April Chinese Tradition/Chinese Reality

For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.



About the Professorship

The Humanitas Chair in Chinese Studies  has been made possible by the generous support of Sir David Tang.

The Humanitas Chair in Chinese Studies will gather together academics and graduate students from different disciplines across the arts, social sciences and humanities with a research interest in China.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professors in Chinese Studies

2013-14: David Derwei Wang (Edward Henderson Professor in Chinese Literature at Harvard University, Director of CCK Foundation Inter-University Center for Sinological Studies, and Academician, Academia Senica)
2012-13: Chen Yung-fa (Modern History Institute of the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan)
2011-12: Wu Hung (Harrie A Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Art History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)

Standing Committee

Hans van de Ven (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Susan Daruvala (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Adam Chau (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Boping Yuan (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Uradyn Bulag (Social Anthropology)

Hosting College
St Catharine's College


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