China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

45 - Tracing Asia in Motion: The Materiality of Exotica and Associated Identities Across Premodern Eurasia

7/6/2018
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Jacaranda I, First Floor

When seen through a conventional Greco-Roman conception of the world, the many faces of Asia tend to become lost in existing political geographies. What defines Asia and what is entailed by the concept of Asia continue to be fluid, and should not be viewed in geographical or cultural isolation. Asia and its particularities are often relegated to mere exoticism when, in actuality, within the archaeological discourse, exotica, as a specific type of image, material or object, is closely linked to cultural mixtures from different origins and their interconnection with people’s mobility and cultural encounters. This panel looks at the material evidence and its relationship to the pre-modern history of Asia, with a focus on cultural contacts across Eurasia. When tracing the notion of Asia through an examination of a variety of exotica, the viewer encounters a sense of wonder as the exotica inserts itself into the existing repertoire in a rather unexpected manner that stirs the senses of its beholders.


The speakers present an array of case studies that highlight the notion of exotica at different points in the historical Eurasian interaction. Papers focused on the transmission and adaptation of funerary and religious motifs, iconography, and artifacts all address how local societies/communities responded to new cultural stimuli. The aim of this panel is to bring together historians, archaeologists, and art historians who share the same challenges in response to tackling the notion of Asia embodied in materiality, which is intrinsically linked to the ways in which knowledge and technology were transmitted.

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Chen Li

Tongji University, China

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Lin Jiao

Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, China

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Xuan Chen

Palace Museum, China

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Chin-Yin Tseng

Dunhuang Academy, China

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