Conference | Understanding Authenticity in China's Cultural Heritage

 

chinas cultural heritage

Organized by Christopher Foster and Anke Hein

Contact: understandingauthenticity@gmail.com

 

What we deem to be genuine or fake is not an objective determination, but something that we agree upon as communities. Debates about authenticity, moreover, are often intimately bound to question who owns the past and its representation. The “Understanding Authenticity in China’s Cultural Heritage” conference this March will explore these issues and more. From contesting narratives about the mother trees of Big Red Robe tea, to the restoration of Qin terracotta soldiers; from the experience of visiting a replica Eiffel Tower in Hangzhou, to US-China diplomatic tensions over "originality" and "shanzhai 山寨 (imitation)” – "Understanding Authenticity in China's Cultural Heritage” brings together specialists from a broad range of fields and backgrounds, to explore how questions about “authenticity” impact their work on objects, texts, and intangible cultural heritage in China.

Please join us online from 16th - 20st March 2021, for a discussion on the construction of “authenticity,” both historically and today, in relation to China’s cultural heritage.

Registration:  Registration is free, attendance is open to all, via submission of a short survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X8T7T2C

Format & Conference Preparation

The conference will be hosted virtually via the Zoom platform. The keynote by Prof. Lothar von Falkenhausen will be live. Video recordings of all other presentations will be made available ~1 week prior to the start of the conference. Attendees are expected to view these recordings beforehand. The live panel sessions will then be dedicated solely to questions & discussion on each of the presentations. Please see the full schedule below.

 

 Please note: All times given refer to GMT time zone

16 March 2021  |  14:00 - 15:30  |  Keynote Lecture

Prof. Lothar von Falkenhausen  |  UCLA  |  The Irresistible Allure of Patina and Pedigree: A Case Study

 

17 March 2021  |  13:00 - 16:00  |  Session 1  |  Art and Material Culture

Prof. Craig Clunas  |  University of Oxford  |  Chair and Discussant

 

13:00 - 13:10  |  Dr Christopher Foster  |  University of Oxford  |  Welcome and Opening Remarks

13:10 - 13:20  |  Dr Anke Hein  |  University of Oxford  |  Welcome and Opening Remarks

13:20 - 13:40  |  Prof. Emer. David Scott  |  UCLA  |  Constructions and Deconstructions of Authenticity in Chinese Art

13:40 - 14:00  |  Dr Celia Carrington Riely  |  Independent Scholar  |  The Two Versions of Dong Qichang’s River in Mist and Piled Peaks and the Impact of High-Resolution Photography on the Question of Authenticity

14:00 - 14:20  |  Zhang Yanzhuang (Gillian) PhD Candidate  |  Ohio State University  Authenticating Su Shi’s Snowy Wave Stone in Premodern China

14:20 - 14:40  |  Break

14:40 - 15:00  |  Prof. Jean DeBernardi  |  University of Alberta  |  The Modern Invention of Big Red Robe Tea: History, Story, and Performance

15:00 - 15:20  |  Dr Robin Wilson  |  University of Oxford  |  Karamono (Chinese Things): Authenticity, legitimacy and mimetics in the production and use of Chinese-inspired Japanese ceramic tea utensils, past and present

15:20 - 15:40  |  Gao Xuyang PhD Candidate  |  University of Oxford  |  Problems of authenticity: reflections on contemporary zishateapot-making techniques

15:40 - 16:00  |  General discussion

 

18 March 2021  |  13:00 - 16:00  |  Session 2  |  Texts and Manuscripts

Dr Dirk Meyer  |  University of Oxford  |  Chair and Discussant

 

13:00 - 13:20  |  Prof. Paul Goldin  |  University of Pennsylvania  |  The Spread of Virtue and the Fallacy of Authenticity in Classical Chinese Aesthetics

13:20 - 13:40  |  Dr Kevin (Kuan-yu) Huang  |  City University of Hong Kong  |  Authenticity and the Authenticating of Ancient Chinese Texts

13:40 - 14:00  |  Dr Nick Vogt  |  Indiana University  |  The “Real” Life (and Death) of King Wen: Biography as Authentication in the Yizhoushu

14:00 - 14:20  |  Dr Corina Smith  |  Oxford  |  Venerated Documents: What are shu, and what is at stake?

14:20 - 14:40  |  Break

14:40 - 15:00  |  Rachel McVeigh MA Student  |  Peking University  |  (Mis)remembering the Tang? The attribution of the ‘Twenty Four Categories of Poetry’ to Sikong Tu

15:00 - 15:20  |  Dr Timothy Thurston  |  University of Leeds  |  Multiple Authenticities of the Tibetan Gesar Epic

15:20 - 15:40  |  Alexandra Forrester PhD Candidate  |  University of Cambridge  |  Constructing authenticity in the case of Chinese Zhengyi Daoist priests

15:40 - 16:00  |  General discussion

 

19 March 2021  |  13:00 - 16:00  |  Session 3  |  Museums, Collections, and Displays

Prof J.P. Park  |  University of Oxford  |  Chair and Discussant

 

13:00 - 13:20  |  Dr Li Xiuzhen (Janice)  |  University of Oxford  |  Revisiting Authenticity: Restoration and Conservation of the Qin First Emperor’s Terracotta Army

13:20 - 13:40  |  Dr Gao Qian  |  University of Stirling  |  Authenticity and Heritage Conservation: Seeking Common Complexities beyond the ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ Dichotomy

14:00 - 14:20  |  Prof. Cornelius Holtorf  |  Linnaeus University  |  Dr Ma Qingkai  |  Hangzhou Normal University  |  Chen Xian PhD Candidate  |  Zhejiang University  |  Dr Zhang Yu  |  Zhejiang University  |  Paris, China. Some thoughts about the value of simulated heritage

14:20 - 14:40  |  Break

14:40 - 15:00  |  Patrycja Pendrakowska PhD Candidate  |  University of Warsaw  |  Can a copy deliver an authentic experience? An interdisciplinary approach to fieldwork conducted in Southeast China

15:00 - 15:20  |  Prof. Jennifer Kreder  |  Northern Kentucky University  |  Shanzai and Fuzhi Tensions in U.S.-Chinese Diplomacy

15:20 - 16:00  |  General discussion

 

20 March 2021  |  13:00 - 16:00  |  Session 3  |  Cultural Heritage Management

Dr Yitzchak Jaffe  |  University of Haifa  |  Chair and Discussant

 

13:00 - 13:20  |  Dr Tao Li  |  Shanghai Normal University  |  Attraction or Distraction? Exploring tourism implication for Heritage interpretation at National Archaeological Park of Qi Capital sites, China

13:20 - 13:40  |  Dr Wei Qiaowei  |  Shanghai University  |  Touched by the past? Re-articulating the Longxing temple sites as community heritage at Qingzhou County, China

13:40 - 14:00  |  Mark Hoskin PhD Candidate  |  SOAS  |  Rebuilding the visual to aid in reconstructing memories of the past

14:00 - 14:20  |  Break

14:20 - 14:40  |  Jie Hao PhD Candidate  |  University of Birmingham  |  Who decides? The Authenticity of Traditional Rural Settlement Heritagization Practices: A Case Study of a Chinese Traditional Village

14:40 - 15:00  |  Dr Stefan Gruber  |  Kyoto University  |  Socio-legal Perspectives on Authenticity in China’s Cultural Heritage

15:00 - 15:20  |  Dr Phillip Grimberg  |  University of Erlangen  |  UNESCO World Heritage and the Problem of Authenticity – The Case of “Built Structures” and China´s Tangible Cultural Heritage

15:20 - 16:00  |  Final discussion