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Linn Christiansen

PhD candidate

L.A. Christiansen
+31 71 527 2727

Research project

"Artistic Calligraphy in Political Cartoons: A Case Study of Liao Bingxiong"
Supervisors: Dr. Fan Lin, Prof. Dr. Maghiel van Crevel


Political cartoons are meant for the masses, and as such manhua 漫画 has been labelled a “vulgar” art form in China, customarily not considered to contain any aspects of high art. In this project I will examine calligraphy in conjunction to the graphics of Chinese political cartoons, focusing on the works of the cartoonist Liao Bingxiong (1915-2006). By further connecting the calligraphy in modern political cartoons to traditional tihuashi 题画诗 (inscription on painting), I aim to make the history of Chinese political cartoons a more central part of Chinese art history. The sociology of culture will serve as a secondary perspective; the project therefore intends to be a transdisciplinary case for the integration of the fields of art history and social history.


  • Summer 2018: National Tsing Hua University: Academic Chinese. 6 weeks.
  • 2011-2015: The University of Oslo: Asian and African Studies, Master of Philosophy in Chinese Civilization. MA Thesis: ”Reading Liao Bingxiong: Chinese Cartoonist of the 20th Century”.
  • Autumn 2010: Guangxi Normal University, China, MA classes.
  • 2009-2010: Tsinghua University, China/ the University of Oslo: Chinese language/ Chinese level 5 and 6 at the University of Oslo.
  • Autumn 2007: Peking University, China (as part of the Bachelor’s Degree): Chinese language / Chinese level 3 at the University of Oslo.
  • 2006-2009: The University of Oslo: Asian and African Studies, Bachelor’s Degree. Classes in Chinese language, Chinese culture and history, and general art history.


  • 2017-2018: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design: Project Manager.
  • 2016-2017: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design: Project Assistant.
  • 2015-2017: The Network for Asian Studies (the University of Oslo): Assistant Coordinator/ Research Assistant.
  • 2014-2018: OsloHiking (sole proprietorship): Founder, Manager and Guide.
  • 2012-2017: Elvebakken Secondary School: Chinese Teacher.

Grants/ scholarships

  • 2015-16: The Network for Asian Studies (the University of Oslo) Student Scholarship
  • 2010: Chinese Government Scholarship, Guangxi Normal University, MA classes in Art History


  • 2019 (forthcoming): ”People in Clay: Human Representations in Shiwan Ceramics at the Museum of Cultural History”. Arts of Asia. Article.
  • 2019/ 2020 (forthcoming): A Greek vase, Tias Eckhoff’s Maya, Hanna Visund’s bonbonniere; an English cabinet (ca. 1680). The National Museum Highlights: Design and Decorative Arts. Four articles.
  • 25.10.2016: “Ming, ikke bare Munch” [Ming, Not Just Munch], NRK ytring. Article on the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s website. https://www.nrk.no/ytring/ming_-ikke-bare-munch-1.13186506
  • 12.09.2016: ”Corruption Among the Cats: Hypocrisy Exposed by Liao Bingxiong”, International Journal of Comic Art, vol. 18, no. 1. Article in journal.
  • 23.10.2015: ”Fikk kvinnen i Kina sammenrullet papir da hun kjøpte ris?” [Did the Woman in China Receive Rolled-up Paper when Buying Rice?], Center for Development and the Environment (the University of Oslo): the blog Matlære. Article on website. http://www.sum.uio.no/forskning/blogg/matlaere/linn-a.- christiansen/fikk-kvinnen-i-kina-sammenrullet-papir-da-hun-kjop.html
  • 05.10.2015: "Ris, papir og matskandaler" [Rice, Paper and Food Scandals], Klassekampen. Article in newspaper.

Lectures/ Presentations

  • 21.02.2018: “Kinas kunst-kopi-hovedstad” [China’s Capital for Art Copies], NRK P2, Studio 2 (radio programme).
  • 15.01.2018: ”Shiwan: Fra folkekeramikk til samleobjekter” [Shiwan: From Folk Ceramics to Collectors’ Items], lecture for Oriental Ceramic Society of Norway (NSOK).
  • 05.12.2017: ”Mulan i Nasjonalmuseet” [Mulan in the National Museum], lecture for the Network for Asian Studies.
  • 24.-25.10.2016: “Challenging Authenticity in a Chinese and Western Context: A Study of Pastness in Early 20th Century Porcelain Vases”, academic poster at the conference Multiple Museum Practices: The Museum as Cornucopia, the University of Oslo.
  • 02.12.2015: ”Å skrive malerier: kinesisk kalligrafi på porselen og papir” [Writing Paintings: Chinese Calligraphy on Porcelain and Paper], lecture for the Oriental Ceramic Society of Norway (NSOK).
  • 29.04.2015: ”Karikaturer og maktkritikk på kinesisk - Liao Bingxiong og Kina i det 20. århundre” [Caricatures and Criticism of Power in Chinese – Liao Bingxiong and China in the 20th Century], lecture for the Network for Asian Studies.

Relevant website (in Norwegian) that I co-run: www.asiapunkt.no

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS China

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