China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

(30) Ritual Design in China

3/22/2018
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Washington Room 2, Exhibit Level

Transdisciplinary discussions on ritual from the angles of performativity, visuality, and materiality have continued to renew the subject of study over the past two to three decades. Some of the key questions raised have yet to be fully addressed in the study of rituals in China. How is ritual a performative practice? When vision is understood as socially constructed, how does it change the way we think about ritual display? What roles do materials play in ritual?

This panel reframes these and other issues – the making of self-identities, exertion of authority, and maintenance of social order – as ritual design. Examining diverse source materials that range from Yinxu oracle bones and grave goods, early Chinese discussions of clothing and textiles, Kitan ceremonial attire, and Yuan court ceramics, this panel asks how the study of ritual objects, their material qualities, and their functions in the production of ritual acts, can be enriched by the conceptual framework of ritual design.

Our format of inquiry, which is discussion-based and workshop-style, departs from the orthodox paper presentation model. Participants will first provide a short description of their source material and concisely address the question, what is “ritual design” in China? The panelists will then comment on each other’s pre-circulated work-in-progress papers and discuss the value of ritual design as a methodological approach.

Presentations:

Ingrid Yeung

National Gallery of Art, District of Columbia

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Ingrid Yeung

Clayton Ashton

University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Clayton Ashton

Edward Slingerland

University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Edward Slingerland

Ingrid Yeung

National Gallery of Art, District of Columbia

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Ingrid Yeung

Clayton Ashton

University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Clayton Ashton

Francois Louis

Bard Graduate Center, New York

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Francois Louis

Heena Youn

Peking University, Not Applicable, China

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Heena Youn


Assets

Ritual Design in China



Attendees who have favorited this

Please enter your access key

The asset you are trying to access is locked. Please enter your access key to unlock.

Send Email for Ritual Design in China