2019/2020 Fellows

J. S. Lee Memorial Fellows

Dr. CHENG Yu (Hong Kong, China)
Dr. Cheng is a recent D.Phil. graduate from the School of Archaeology, The University of Oxford. She specializes in the archaeology of Bronze Age China, more specifically from the Erlitou period to the Western Zhou dynasty (1850-771 B.C.). In her dissertation, she explores the formation and development of the Zhou identity during the early Western Zhou period, by examining a wide range of excavated materials including bronze ritual vessels, bronze weapons and ceramics. Dr. Cheng is currently working on publishing her thesis into a book. She will spend one year at Museum Rietberg (Zurich, Switzerland) to research on the museum's bronze collection, as well as to participate in the upcoming exhibition Itineraries of Art, which explores the use and perception of ancient Chinese bronze vessels in different historical contexts.


Dr. Shao-Lan HERTEL (Berlin, Germany)
Dr. Hertel graduated from Freie Universitaet Berlin (FUB) with a doctorate in East Asian Art History. She previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the FUB Art History Institute. Her research fields include Chinese calligraphy and ink art, with historical foci on the late imperial, modern, and contemporary periods, and a thematic interest in cross-cultural encounters and exchanges. For the completion of her dissertation on calligraphy art by the late-Qing/Republican-period brush-and-ink artist and theorist Huang Binhong (1865-1955) and his follower generations, she was granted a one-year scholarship by the Chinese Scholarship Council and the German Academic Exchange Service to conduct studies in Hangzhou at the Research Center for Modern Calligraphy, China Academy of Art. Dr. Hertel will have her twelve-month Fellowship at Tsinghua University Art Museum (Beijing, China) to curate a special exhibition based on her research on the museum's collection of over 300 works of Chinese calligraphy dating from the Ming to contemporary periods. The exhibition will be the museum's initial comprehensive presentation of its calligraphy collection to the public.


Ms. WU Luchun (Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Hangzhou, China)
Ms. Wu works on archival management at the Zhejiang Provincial Museum. In recent years, her research has focused on the iconographical features of the Zhakou White Pagoda located in Hangzhou. To further her understanding of the White Pagoda, she started studying dharanis and sutras found in the area of the Wuyue Kingdom (907-978) between late Tang Dynasty and Northern Song Dynasty. In her seven-month Fellowship at the British Library (London, U.K.), she will examine dharanis and sutras of the Wuyue region and compare them with related Dunhuang materials collected at the British Library. She will also participate in the digitisation of the Lotus Sutra Manuscripts and the International Dunhuang Project (IDP) to gain experience in the digitisation of manuscripts, learn about techniques in Digital Humanities such as data mining and automated character/text-recognition techniques, and help to refine data in the IDP database.


Dr. XU Jin (Vassar College, New York, U.S.A.)
Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is now teaching at Vassar College in New York State. His research focuses on religious and funerary art in early medieval China (220-589 CE). He is particularly interested in stone objects, such as sarcophagi and Buddhist steles. Grounded in close studies of carved stones in museums in China and America, his research addresses a wide array of issues related to artistic materials, technical processes, visual-verbal dynamics, spatial strategies, and cultural identity. He is now preparing a book manuscript on stone sarcophagi created for Sogdian immigrants in the sixth-century China. He will spend four months at the China National Silk Museum (Hangzhou, China), investigating the collection of silk textiles from medieval China, studying the technique of silk weaving, and participating in the curation of a special exhibition on the Silk Road.


Dr. Shelly XUE (The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, U.S.A.)
Dr. Xue is the Adjunct Curator for Asian Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, and Associate Professor at Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts. She received her Ph. D. in Glass from the University of Wolverhampton (UK). She has long been engaged in historical research and practice in glass art. Her main research area is the Qing dynasty Chinese glass and the cultural exchange of glass practice between the East and the West. She currently researches on Chinese glass collections in Europe and America and is preparing an exhibition on Chinese glass at the Corning. She is the author of the forthcoming book Asian Glass - Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass. She will spend six months at the Palace Museum (Beijing, China) to study the collection of the 19th century Chinese glass and Western glass as well as to help the museum to refine the museum database.


** The List is arranged in alphabetical order of Fellows' names