Call for Applications: University of Chicago/Getty Traveling Seminar in Chinese Art History

All day
Through December 27, 2018

Begins
Dec. 7

Application deadline:

11:59 pm on December 27, 2018 (Chicago time, CST)

Traveling Seminar Dates:

July 22 – August 10, 2019

Traveling Seminar Location:

Various Sites in China, including Xi’an and Dunhuang

 

The Department of Art History at the University of Chicago is seeking applications from doctorial students in Chinese art history from North America, Europe, and Asia for a University of Chicago/Getty Traveling Seminar in Chinese Art History, funded by the Getty Foundation as part of its “Connecting Art Histories” initiative.

This traveling seminar, affiliated with the University of Chicago//Getty Dissertation Workshops in Chinese Art History, will provide a unique opportunity for graduate students at a formative stage of their studies in Asian art history to be exposed to new materials, objects, and sites; to learn to conduct research in situ; to explore possible dissertation topics; and to meet and exchange ideas with local students, scholars, curators, and officials. The program as a whole seeks to nurture a generation of historians of Chinese art across historical eras and media in an intellectual environment that crosses continental, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.

Taught by University of Chicago Associate Professor of Art History Wei-Cheng Lin, the traveling seminar, From Xi’an to Dunhuang: Following Buddhist Traces in Medieval China will take place entirely in China from July 22 – August 10, 2019 (travel to/from China on July 20 and August 11). English will be the primary teaching language of the traveling seminar, but ideally, all applicants should be able to communicate in both English and Mandarin. The traveling seminar will consist of two parts: visiting sites of investigation in Xi’an and on the way to Dunhuang in the first two weeks; and an extended stay in Dunhuang for visits to major cave sites in the area, lectures, and meetings at the Dunhuang Research Academy in the third week.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The majority of Buddhist traces in medieval China are found in the region along the ancient Silk Road between the Tang capital city, today’s Xi’an, and the world-renowned Buddhist rock-cut cave site, Dunhuang. The surviving traces include Buddhist caves, monasteries, pagodas, tombs, and underground relic crypts. Many of the sites are well known and worth a revisit, while many others still await more scholarly attention and study. The three-week traveling seminar provides an opportunity for participants to investigate these Buddhist sites collectively, as well as artworks uncovered from them, tracing and mapping their historical, cultural, religious, and geographical relations, while studying their diverse artistic productions in different media (murals, sculptures, architecture), materials, and scales across different periods and regions. Guest speakers, including renowned Chinese scholars and local experts, will be invited to join each of the two parts of the three-week seminar in Xi’an and Dunhuang. Participants will also be asked to share their work and exchange ideas with scholars and students from local universities and research institutions.

 

DEADLINE and SUBMISSION

Applications for the University of Chicago/Getty Traveling Seminar in Chinese Art History are due via email to arthistory@uchicago.edu by 11:59 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2018 (Chicago time, CST). Award notifications will be sent in late January. Applicants may be interviewed via Skype.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • The seminar will be limited to 15 doctoral students from North American, European, and Chinese universities. While preference will be given to specialists in Asian art, this course will also be open to those in related fields of art history and to those explicitly specializing in material and visual culture in programs in East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
  • Fluency in English is required, and an advanced level of Mandarin is also preferred.
  • Students must still be in the coursework phase of their graduate program. Students beyond coursework are not eligible.
  • Students not enrolled at the University of Chicago will either audit the class informally or make arrangements with their graduate programs, facilitated by the seminar instructor, to have the class accepted for credit at their home institutions.

 

EXPENSES INCLUDED

Roundtrip airfare or trains, shared lodging, shared meals, local transportation, and site admissions will be organized and fully funded by the Department of Art History and the Getty Foundation. Participants are responsible for securing necessary visas, and related visa fees will be reimbursed upon request to the department.

 

APPLICATION MATERIALS

Please note: Application materials may be shared with the Getty Foundation as part of the review and selection process. All application documents should be in English.

  1. Application form (attached)
  2. Statement describing your research interests, academic background, and why the traveling seminar is of interest (500-word maximum)
  3. CV
  4. Letter of recommendation from your advisor (letter should be sent directly to arthistory@uchicago.edu from the letter writer or department administrator)
  5. Letter of support from your home department indicating that you are a student in good academic standing, have the appropriate language proficiencies, have not yet fulfilled your program’s coursework requirements, and confirming whether the traveling seminar course may be considered for credit toward your coursework requirement (letter should be sent directly to arthistory@uchicago.edu from the letter writer or department administrator)

 


 

芝加哥大学/盖蒂基金会中国艺术史游学研讨班 招生启事

“从西安至敦煌:追寻中古时期中国的佛教遗迹”

 

申请截止日期:2018年12月27日(11:59 pm, CST 美国中部时间)

芝加哥大学艺术史系将于2019年7月22日至8月10日期间在中国举办“芝加哥大学/盖蒂基金会中国艺术史游学研讨班”,现面向北美、欧洲、亚洲地区高校中国艺术史专业博士生招生。该项目与“芝加哥大学/盖蒂基金会中国艺术史博士论文写作研习营”均由盖蒂基金会赞助支持。研讨班“从西安至敦煌:追寻中古时期中国的佛教遗迹”由芝加哥大学艺术史系林伟正教授主讲,课程分两部分:前两周在西安参观遗址,第三周于敦煌参观洞窟,并在敦煌研究院举行讲座。项目旨在为低年级博士生提供近距离观摩器物和参观遗址的宝贵机会、学习如何在实地考察中开展研究,为不同地区、学术训练体系下的青年学者提供交流平台。

中古时期的中国佛教遗迹绝大多数都位于唐朝的首都(今西安)与世界著名的佛教摩崖洞窟所在地敦煌之间的古代丝绸之路的沿线地区。现存遗迹包括佛教洞窟、寺庙、佛塔、墓穴和地宫。许多遗迹举世闻名、值得我们重访,另外一些遗迹则有待更多关注和研究。为期三周的研讨班让学员有机会参观考察这些佛教遗址,尝试追寻并勾勒之间的历史、文化、宗教和地理关系,同时对跨时期、区域、媒介(壁画、雕塑、建筑)、材质的器物有进一步了解。我们将邀请知名学者和当地专家在西安和敦煌进行专题演讲和指导交流,学员们还有机会与当地大学、研究机构的教授博士生交流和分享研究成果。