Faces across Time and Space: Portraiture and Intermediality in Europe and East Asia

Yizhou Wang, University of Heidelberg, Germany, wangyizhoucq@hotmail.com

Luis Alcalá-Galiano, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain, luis.alcala-galiano@usc.es

Faces in portraiture, as either visual or literary representations, shed light on significant facets of mental history in human society. This session concerns the portraiture practice during the transitional process from the early modern to the modern and contemporary periods. It attempts to call attention to and bring in discussion around a range of shared or intersected aspects in both European and East Asian portraiture. This session especially welcome contributions dealing with the following subjects or issues:

  • portraiture practice from the sixteenth to the twentieth century
  • transcultural interactions between Europe and East Asia in portrait-making
  • notions linked to portraiture and representation such as visibility and invisibility, public and private, literature and portrait (text and image)
  • the intermediality or transmedia process between photography and painting or prints (etc.)

The session will include six papers to be followed by a roundtable discussion led by Klaas Ruitenbeek and another scholar, to be shortly confirmed, who specialize in European and East Asian portraiture respectively. The sessions aims to encourage interdisciplinary dialogues around portrait-making in Europe and East Asia from a transcultural perspective.

Information about the speakers and papers on this panel will be posted shortly. 



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