British Journal of Chinese Studies

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Vol 10 (2020)

Is Art History of China Useless in a Pandemic?

Feng He Schöneweiß
Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg
Chinese embroidery
Published July 6, 2020
How to Cite
Schöneweiß, F. (2020). Is Art History of China Useless in a Pandemic?. British Journal of Chinese Studies, 10.


The study of Chinese art has long been a specialised field bridging the disciplines of art history and Chinese studies. This essay challenges, as always in a real-life crisis, the usefulness of art history of China in the current Covid-19 pandemic. The agency of art historians is put under the historiographical grill. Through two brief case studies, the essay argues that art historians, though as mortal and fragile, are actually professionally equipped to strike the core consequences of the pandemic in its social, political, and cultural aspects.

  • art history,
  • pandemic,
  • xenophobia,
  • freedom of speech,
  • nationalism
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