Yu Yan

Fudan-NYUSH Joint Postdoctoral Fellow 2019-2020

Yan Yu is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Global Asia Center, NYU Shanghai, and a Junior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Center, Fudan University. She received her BA from Peking University (2012) and PhD from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2018). Her PhD thesis explores the social function and cultural significance of writing ancient Chinese scripts in late imperial China. Intrigued by her academic interest, she works on a wide range of topics, including calligraphy, print culture, female painting and material culture. She has published several articles in the above-mentioned fields and co-curated a porcelain exhibition for the Art Museum at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2016). In addition, she is also skilled in painting, Guqin, and writing various calligraphy scripts. She had served as a part-time instructor for teaching calligraphy and painting at the Department of Chinese Culture, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2014–2016).

Research Interest

  • Writing History of the Ancient Chinese Scripts
  • Transnational History of Chinese Calligraphy
  • Print Culture in China
  • Material Culture in Late Imperial and Early Republican China
  • Women Painters and Calligraphers in Late Imperial China
  • Artistic Exchange between China, Japan and India

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