About the Conference

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The UK-China Arts and Humanities Forum was co-hosted by Oxford Global Exchanges Society, University of Oxford, and with the kind support of the Ashmolean Museum.

The conference sessions covered the following topics: "The Public Value of Literature, Cultural, and Critical Theory", "The Transformation of the Paradigm of Cultural Criticism in the Age of Artificial Intelligence", "The Diversified Feminine Ecological Writing"; "International Education in the Arts", "International Film Education: From the Technical to the Conceptual", and "Can Creativity be Taught", 

Speakers in the conference came from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Nanjing University of the Arts, Royal College of Art, the Ruskin School of Art, Said Business School, the Ashmolean Museum, and the University of Oxford.

Panels 2019
October 26th, 2019 Supported by Oxford University China Centre and Ashmolean Museum

Professor Liu Fangxi
Chinese Academy of Social Science
From Consumption Ideology to Production Technology: The Transformation of the Paradigm of Cultural Criticism in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Professor Liu Yuejin
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
A study on Chinese Literature from the Perspective of Time and Space
Professor Peter MacDonald
University of Oxford
Public value? 文學? // Critical-cultural? 理論 ?’ 
Professor Wu Zilin
Chinese Academy of Social Science
Pythagoras Style: A Feasible Scholarly Style and Its Creation
Professor Wang Ying, Chinese Academy of Social Science
Writings on Patriotic Theme in Chinese Autobiographical Literature
Professor John Storey
University of Sunderland
‘Culture’ in Cultural Studies
Professor Tian Meilian
Chinese Academy of Social Science  
The Diversified Feminine Ecological Writing in the New Century  
Dr Gary Clough
Royal College of Art  
Can Creativity be Taught  
Professor Shen Yizhen
Nanjing University of the Arts  
International Film Education: From Technology to Concept  

Speakers' Biographies

Professor Shelagh Vainker
Curator of Chinese Art at the Ashmolean and Associate Professor of Chinese Art in the Faculty of Oriental Studies. She was previously Curator of Chinese Ceramics and Textiles at the British Museum. Other appointments include President of the Oriental Ceramic Society 2012–15, and J.S. Lee Memorial Senior Fellow 2012–13 (Beijing). She has published widely on Chinese art including books on ceramics and silk, articles on many aspects of the material culture of the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127) and a series of collection and exhibition catalogues on modern Chinese painting. She is responsible for three galleries in the Ashmolean: the permanent galleries China 3000BC – AD800 and China From AD800, and the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Gallery for Chinese Painting which shows two paintings exhibitions each year. She is literary executor of the estate of Professor Michael Sullivan.
Professor Liu Yuejin
Professor and Academician of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, President of Institute of Literature and supervisor of PhD at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. President of Literary Review (the top one academic journal in literary studies field of China), Editor-inChief of Literary Heritage (the top academic journal in Chinese Classical literary studies field of China), President of Chinese Society of Literary and Historical Materials. His main fields are studies on Literature of the Pre-Qin, Han&Wei six dynasties, Chinese classical philology. His monograph The Literary Geography and the Distribution of Literati of the Qin and Han
Dynasties won the 4th Simian Prize for Originality (2017,this prize is the most authoritative prize in historical studies field of China) and The 2nd Global Chinese Sinological Achievement Award(October,2016), another monograph Chronicle of Northern and Southern Dynasties Literature awarded the 13th China Book Prize. He was invited to be the Guest Visiting Fellow of Cornell University. He has published 9 monographs (including 2 co-authored monographs), 4 proceedings, and over 100 research papers. He has also collated and annotated The Collections of the Old Explanation with Notes of the Zhaoming Anthology in 20 volumes [The Zhaoming Anthology (Wenxuan) selected by Xiao Tong(501-531) is the earliest existing set of poems of China.] which was published by Phoenix Publishing House(China) in 2017.
Professor Liu Fangxi
Professor, PhD supervisor, and Director of Department of Marxist Literature and Art Theory of Institute of Literature at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is Vice President of Chinese and Foreign Literary Theory Society. His publications in Chinese include The Theory of Shengqing (Feelings-expressed-by-voice) : A Chinese Interpretation of Poetic Thought (Intellectual Property Publishing House Co. Ltd.,2008),A Sharing Community of Chinese Culture and the Theoretical Debate on Modern Chinese Poetry(Shandong Education Press,2009), Aesthetic-producerism: A Reconstruction of Economic Philosophy of Marx's Aesthetics in the Consumer Era(Social Sciences Academic Press,2013), Critical Cultural Economics: A Contemporary Reconstruction of Marx's Cultural Theory (Hebei University Press,2013), and etc. He has published several research papers on Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, consumer culture and Marx’s aesthetics, and etc. In response to the de-economical tendency of contemporary theory of consumer culture, he made a reconstruction of the economic philosophy of Marx's cultural theory. Based on the research of contemporary new technologies such as Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, he tries to transform the paradigm of cultural theory from the existing consumption ideology to Marx's production technology.
Professor Peter D. McDonald
Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Hugh’s College. He writes on literature, the modern state and the freedom of expression; the history of writing systems, cultural institutions and publishing; multilingualism, translation and interculturality; and on the promise of creative criticism. His principal publications include British Literary Culture and Publishing Practice, 1880-1914 (Cambridge, 1997), The Literature Police: Apartheid Censorship and its Cultural Consequences (Oxford, 2009; see also theliteraturepolice.com), and Artefacts of Writing: Ideas of the State and Communities of Letters from Matthew Arnold to Xu Bing(Oxford, 2017; see also artefactsofwriting.com). He is currently part of a research team working on PEN and the freedom of expression (see writersandfreeexpression.com).
Professor Wang Ying
Professor and Tenure-track Research Fellow of Institute of Literature at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Deputy Secretary General of Chinese Society for Aesthetics. Councillor of Chinese and
Foreign Biographical Literary Studies Association. Previously a visiting scholar at University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. Published over 40 research papers in the journals of China, the UK, USA and etc, such as Space and Culture (SSCI, Sage Publications Ltd.), The Medieval History Journal (Sage Publications Ltd.) and etc. Published 5 monographs: National Flowers in
the Tang&Song Dynasties and Chinese Culture (2013, China), Medieval Chinese Autobiographical Writing: The Self-Written Epitaph (2017, Germany), Fashioning the Elusive Self: Autobiography in China and the West (co-authored, 2015, the UK) and etc. Published the first full Chinese translations of the world of 2 English masterpieces: Peasant Society and Culture (by Robert Redfield) and Biographia Literaria (by Samuel Taylor Coleridge). Also published the English translation of I Ching in Germany (2019). Awarded “the 2012-2013 Best Books Prize”, “the Excellent Works Prize of the Third National Youth’s Literary Works Contest of China”, and some other prizes in China. Her main fields are Literary and Cultural Studies, Life Writing Studies.
Professor Wu Zilin
Professor and Tenure-track Research Fellow of Institute of literature at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Periodical Editor of Literary Review, Member of the council of Scholar Association of Chinese Literary Theory, Member of the council of Scholar Association of Chinese and Foreign Literary Theory (general secretary of Bakhtin Study Branch Association & vice president of Narratology Study Branch Association). He majors in Chinese ancient literary theory, basic theory of literature, Sino-Western comparative poetics and Chinese contemporary literary theory. He has published more than 130 papers in academic journals of China, more than 40 papers of them had been reprinted by XinHua Digest, Digest of Chinese Social Sciences and Renmin University of China’s Copy Edition of the Materials from Periodicals for Reference. His representative monographs are Autonomy and Heteronomy: Theoretical Problems in the Argument of Chinese Contemporary Literature (co-author,2005,Peking University Press), Reproduction of Classics: A Cultural Study of Jin Shengtan’s Novel Critique(2009,Peking University Press), Opinions on Chinese and Western Literary Theory (2015,Fujian People’s Publishing House), Academic Life of Tong Qingbing (2016,Huangshan Shushe), Critique Files(2016,China Yan Shi Press), Opinions on Literature (2016,The Straits Publishing&Distributing Group), and etc. In addition, he has compiled more than 30 books such as The End of Art.
Professor John Storey
Chair Professor of the Changjiang Scholar Programme at the Comparative Cultural Studies Centre, Shaanxi Normal University, China, and Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, UK. He has published extensively in cultural studies, including twenty-six books. He is currently working on a book called, Consuming Utopia: cultural studies and the practice of reading, to be published with Routledge. His work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, German, Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. He is also on the editorial/advisory boards in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the USA, and has been a Visiting Professor at the universities of Vienna, Henan, and Wuhan, and a Senior Fellow at the Technical University of Dresden.
Professor Tian Meilin
(pseudonym is Tian Ni) is Professor and Deputy Director of the Department of Contemporary Literature, Institute of Literature at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She devoted herself to the study of Chinese contemporary literature, film and television criticism and so on. Mainly in the fields of Feminist Literature and Culture Studies. She works on Literary Creation as well. She has published a series of books, collection of essays Female Notebook (Lanzhou University Press, 2001), academic books such as 50 Years of Republic Literature(coauthored, China Social Sciences Press,1999), 60 Years of Republic Literature(co-authored, People’s Publishing House,2009), A Glimpse of the Soul: Literary China 1949--1999(coauthored, Shaanxi People’s Education Press,1999), Chinese Contemporary Literature (coauthored, Peking University Press,2010), Women out of the Tower (authored, China Social Sciences Press,2005), Game: Female Literature and Ecology (authored, China Social Sciences Press,2017. It won “the Outstanding Achievement Award” of Chinese Contemporary Literature Research Association in 2018), The Style of Passion (authored, China Social Sciences Press,2018) and so on.
Dr Gary Clough
practicing fine artist whose work is rooted in the traditions and cross-disciplinary nature of sculpture and drawing. He has and continues to exhibit across the UK, Europe, US and China. Gary has over 25 years of experience teaching and leading programmes at HE level in UK art and Design institutions. Gary is currently the Academic lead senior tutor at the Royal college of Art for the Graduate Diploma in Art and Design. The graduate diploma is designed to support and prepare students for progression to MA study. Gary was the Head of International Pathways for the University for the Creative Arts from 2012. In this role, he has worked with and in association with education systems outside the UK, including China, India, Korea, Taiwan and Japan, which has informed his commitment to inclusivity, cultural diversity and internationalised pedagogic models. At UCA he developed, managed and delivered a range of art and design specific progression programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The courses were designed to support students from non-UK art and design prior learning backgrounds, to develop their practice and academic skills appropriate to pursuing further progression. The development and delivery of these courses centred around key research focused on the implementation of embedded models and methods applied to the co-delivery of academic study skills, EAP and practice based study relevant to the Creative Industries.
Professor Anthony Gardner 
Head of School at the Ruskin School of Art, DPhil supervisor, and Fellow of Queen’s College. His research explores the fascinating intersections of contemporary art and politics, with particular emphasis on installation, performance, exhibitions and cultural infrastructures, especially in parts of the world beyond the North Atlantic region. His books include Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations (Melbourne, 2013), Politically Unbecoming: Postsocialist Art Against Democracy (MIT Press, 2015) and, also through MIT Press in 2015, the anthology Neue Slowenische Kunst: From Kapital To Capital (with Zdenka Badovinac and Eda Čufer), which was a finalist for the 2017 Alfred H Barr Award for best exhibition catalogue worldwide. The exhibition it accompanied travelled from the Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana to the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid. His latest book, co-written with Charles Green, is Biennials, Triennials and documenta: The Exhibitions That Created Contemporary Art, published by Wiley-Blackwell in summer 2016. He is also an editor of the MIT Press journal ARTMargins (http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/artm) and have published in many other books and journals including On Curating, Postcolonial Studies and Third Text.
Professor Shen Yizhen
professor, PhD supervisor, Dean of the School of Humanities, and a member of the Academic Committee of the Nanjing University of the Arts (NUA). He is also an associate editor of the Journal of NUA (Music and Performance), a Member of the Ministry of Drama and
Film Professional Teaching Steering Committee, so on. He has published monographs "Introduction to Film Criticism" (China Film Press, 2004), "Realistic Film Aesthetics" (Nanjing Normal University Press, 2012), "The History of Chinese Contemporary Prose Art" (Zhejiang University Press, 2000), "Globalization and Contemporary Chinese Prose Discourse Strategy Research" (Jiangsu Education Press, 2009), and the collection of "Arts and Literature" (Jiangsu Fine Arts Publishing House, 2013). He has also edited "Chinese and foreign films," "Business Card Guide", "World Film Famous", "Chinese Modern Literature History 1917-2009", "Jiangsu Cultural History", etc., in "Movie Art", "Contemporary Film", "Literature Review" and other publications. Shen has published more than 60 academic papers on film and television theory and modern and contemporary literature. He has presided over 9 projects of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, and the Jiangsu Provincial Government Project and won 5 awards such as the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Philosophy and Social Science of the Jiangsu Provincial Government.

Introduction to Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum came into existence when Elias Ashmole gifted his collection to the University in 1682. He did so because he believe ‘the knowledge of Nature is very necessary to human life and health.’ It opened as Britain’s first public museum, and the world’s first university museum.Though the collection has evolved considerably, the founding principle remains: that knowledge of humanity across cultures and across times is important to society.
- "History of the Ashmolean."  Retrieved March 2019.
The main museum contains huge collections of archaeological specimens and fine art. It has one of the best collections of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, majolica pottery, and English silver. The archaeology department includes the bequest of Arthur Evans and so has an excellent collection of Greek and Minoan pottery. The department also has an extensive collection of antiquities from Ancient Egypt and the Sudan, and the museum hosts the Griffith Institute for the advancement of Egyptology.
- “The Ashmolean Museum.” Retrieved March 2019.