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Linn Christiansen

PhD candidate

L.A. Christiansen
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Linn Christiansen is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Area Studies

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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.


  • 2018-present: University of Leiden, PhD Candidate
  • Summer 2018: National Tsing Hua University, class in academic Chinese
  • 2011-2015: The University of Oslo, Master of Philosophy in Chinese Civilization
  • Autumn 2010: Guangxi Normal University, MA classes
  • 2009-2010: Tsinghua University/ the University of Oslo, Chinese language
  • Autumn 2007: Peking University/ University of Oslo, Chinese language
  • 2006-2009: The University of Oslo, Bachelor’s Degree


  • 2012-2018: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Norway)
  • 2015-2017: The Network for Asian Studies (the University of Oslo)
  • 2014-2018: OsloHiking, sole proprietorship
  • 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

Publications (selected)

  • Christiansen, Linn A. (2020, forthcoming). The National Museum Highlights: Design and Decorative Arts. Four short chapters about items at the National Museum in Norway.
  • Christiansen, Linn A. (2019/ 20, forthcoming). Article on the cartoonist Feng Zikai. Arts of Asia.
  • Christiansen, Linn A. (2019). ”People in Clay: Human Representations in Shiwan Ceramics at the Museum of Cultural History”. Arts of Asia, vol. 69, issue 3. 69-77.
  • Christiansen, Linn A. (2016). ”Corruption Among the Cats: Hypocrisy Exposed by Liao Bingxiong”. International Journal of Comic Art, vol. 18, issue 1. 138-156.

Lectures/ Presentations

  • Christiansen, Linn A. “Kinas kunst-kopi-hovedstad” [China’s Capital for Art Copies], NRK P2, Studio 2 (radio programme). February 21, 2018.
  • Christiansen, Linn A. ”Shiwan: Fra folkekeramikk til samleobjekter” [Shiwan: From Folk Ceramics to Collectors’ Items], lecture for Oriental Ceramic Society of Norway (NSOK). January 15, 2018.
  • Christiansen, Linn A. ”Mulan i Nasjonalmuseet” [Mulan in the National Museum], lecture for the Network for Asian Studies. December 5, 2017.
  • Christiansen, Linn A. ”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). December 2, 2015.
  • Christiansen, Linn A. ”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. April 29, 2015.


  • Christiansen, Linn A. (2019). “But Is It Art? A Study of Calligraphy in Chinese Cartoons.” Academic poster. The International Convention of Asia Scholars ICAS 11, The International Institute for Asian Studies. July 16-19, 2019.
  • Christiansen, Linn A. (2019). “Authorised Pictures: A Study of Contemporary Chinese Political Cartoons.” Asianet, The Network for Asian Studies, The University of Oslo. June 6-7, 2019.
  • Christiansen, Linn A. (2016). “Challenging Authenticity in a Chinese and Western Context: A Study of Pastness in Early 20th Century Porcelain Vases.” Academic poster. Multiple Museum Practices: The Museum as Cornucopia. The University of Oslo/ Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology. October 24-25, 2016.

PhD candidate

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