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Course | Masterclass

Visualizing the Mountain Estate: Space, Experience, and the Challenges of a Digitized Past

Friday 1 November 2019
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


This seminar will explore some of the possibilities and pitfalls in reconstructing historic environments and human experiences through two- and three-dimensional visualisation and modelling. Taking ongoing work on the Qing imperial park of Bishu shanzhuang (The Mountain Estate to Escape the Heat) as its focus, discussion will include assemblage of incommensurate spatial data, iterative mapping as research process, and the role of speculative or partial reconstruction in understanding imagined landscapes and subjective experience.

Note: Please write to Dr. Fan Lin at f.lin@hum.leidenuniv.nl to register the masterclass and request reading materials to attend the workshop.  


Stephen Whiteman is Senior Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he is Director of Research Degree Programmes and convenor of the Digital Art History Research Group. His research and teaching focuses on the visual and spatial cultures of early modern China in their global contexts. Current projects include a connected history of landscape and space in early modern Eurasia, histories of mapping and maritime cultures in China, and modelling subjective experience of early modern Chinese landscapes through immersive 3-D environments. Stephen is co-author of Thirty-Six Views: The Kangxi Emperor’s Mountain Estate in Poetry and Prints (Dumbarton Oaks, 2016), which received the John Brinkerhoff Jackson Book Prize in 2017; his new book, Where Dragon Veins Meet: The Kangxi Emperor and His Estate at Rehe, will appear with University of Washington Press in early 2020.

This event is generously sponsored by the The Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation

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