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Fan Lin

University Lecturer Chinese Art and Material Culture

Dr. F. Lin
+31 71 527 2538

Fan Lin is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Dr. Fan Lin’s broad interest revolves around the relationship between word and image, with particular foci on (1) the production and circulation of Song maps and mapmaking knowledge in the Song dynasty, and (2) the spatial logic of religious paintings on the Vimalakirti Sutra, Lotus Sutra and Nirvana Sutra in medieval Buddhist caves.
Another project that Dr. Lin is currently engaged in is a study and translation of The Grand Commentary to the Book of Documents (with Dr. Griet Vankeerberghen). This project seeks to present a textual history of the SSDZ through an in-depth study of all its surviving versions and to produce an annotated translation of the text.


I am willing to supervise MA theses on Chinese art in general. For PhD students, I am especially interested in supervising projects on visual culture, urban culture and Buddhist art in early and medieval China.

Curriculum vitae


PhD McGill University (2015)
MA McGill University (2005)
BA Peking University (1996)


Replacement Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa (2016)
Lecturer, University of Ottawa (2012-2015)

Teaching activities

BA Level

Chinese art and literature (co-teaching)
Topics in Chinese art (brushwork, landscape painting and mapmaking, Buddhist art)
Topics in Chinese culture (urban culture, Buddhist visual culture)

MA Level

Methodologies of Chinese Art History (material culture, visual culture, art historiography)

University Lecturer Chinese Art and Material Culture

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS China


  • No relevant ancillary activities
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