Asian Art Essay Prize 2016-2017

The winner of the 2016-17 Asian Art Essay Prize is Ms. Tong Yijia (Tracy), for an essay entitled “Ran as Rhetoric: Reconsideration of Dutch-Japanese Interactions in Edo Period,” which is available to read here. This prize includes a cash award generously funded by the HKU Museum Society. Tracy wrote the essay originally for Dr. Hammers’ capstone seminar course FINE4002 Perspectives in Asian Art. Since graduating in June, she has joined the MA program in East Asian Studies at UCLA. Honorable mention goes to Ms. Liu Chang for her essay “Interrelationship between Format and Function in Chinese Narrative Art.” The prize jury consisted of Drs. Hammers, Koon, and Wyma.

Chan Yi Kwan is the Asia Regional Winner of The Undergraduate Awards in art history

We’re proud to announce that former Fine Arts undergraduate student Ms. CHAN Yi Kwan has been named the Asia Regional Winner of The Undergraduate Awards in the category of Art History and Theory. Ms. Chan won for an essay entitled “Art as Tactics and Beyond: Countdown Machine,” which she originally wrote for our capstone course FINE4001, Art History Methodology Workshop, taught by Professor David Clarke. The Undergraduate Awards is a non-profit organization based in Ireland that holds an annual competition to recognize high-performing university students worldwide.

Career Opportunities: Assistant or Associate Professor of Classical, Medieval, or Renaissance Art History and/or Material Culture

The Department of Fine Arts, HKU, invites applications for the position of assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (with tenure) in Classical, Medieval, or Renaissance art history and/or material culture.

Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to rigorous and innovative research, and the potential to make a significant contribution to their field. We especially welcome applicants who can extend the methodological as well as chronological range of the Department’s work, while supporting our dedication to the highest standards of teaching and research.

The Department of Fine Arts is one of the leading art history faculties in Asia, and currently includes specialists in Asian art (from antiquity to the present day) and in Western art (from the baroque to contemporary periods). The Department achieved outstanding results in Hong Kong’s last Research Assessment Exercise (2014). The Faculty of Arts, of which we are a part, is highly ranked internationally (currently 13 in QS and 28 in THE global rankings by Arts and Humanities subjects).

Humanities research at HKU is well-supported, with excellent library resources, research grants from the University and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and support for research-related travel and teaching relief. Teaching load is three courses per year and all instruction is in English. There are on average 35 undergraduate majors per year, as well as a small number of M.Phil. and Ph.D. students.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits.  The assistant professor salary range is currently HK$645,900 –$998,280 per annum (roughly US$82,808–$127,985 at current exchange rates), while the associate professor salary range is HK$847,500 -$1,346,940.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable. The appointment will commence on September 1, 2018. Associate professors will be hired with tenure. At the assistant professor level, the appointment will initially be on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment.

Applicants should submit the following materials to AP1395@hku.hk: a completed application form (341/1111); a cover letter detailing research plans and teaching abilities, not more than two pages long; a C.V.; a writing sample; a portfolio of past teaching materials and evaluations; three one-paragraph proposals for courses you would wish to teach; and three confidential letters of recommendation sent by your recommenders.  Applications (including all recommendation letters) should be submitted by December 15, 2017. Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk.

For inquiries, please contact the Department chairperson, Prof. Greg Thomas, at gmthomas@hku.hk.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

Career Opportunities: Assistant or Associate Professor of East Asian Art History and/or Material Culture

The Department of Fine Arts, HKU, invites applications for the position of assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (with tenure) in East Asian art history and/or material culture.

The position is open to qualified scholars producing original and exceptional research in their field. Candidates who can show abilities to engage undergraduate and postgraduate students in original scholarship and critical discourse are strongly encouraged to apply. All areas of East Asian Art History and Material Culture will be considered, although preference will be given to candidates whose specialization will expand the Department’s current curriculum and existing expertise.

The Department of Fine Arts is one of the leading art history faculties in Asia, and currently includes specialists in Asian art (from antiquity to the present day) and in Western art (from the baroque to contemporary periods). The Department achieved outstanding results in Hong Kong’s last Research Assessment Exercise (2014). The Faculty of Arts, of which we are a part, is highly ranked internationally (currently 13 in QS and 28 in THE global rankings by Arts and Humanities subjects).

Humanities research at HKU is well-supported, with excellent library resources, research grants from the University and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and support for research-related travel and teaching relief. Teaching load is three courses per year and all instruction is in English. There are on average 35 undergraduate majors per year, as well as a small number of M.Phil. and Ph.D. students.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits.  The assistant professor salary range is currently HK$645,900–$998,280 per annum (roughly US$82,808–$127,985 at current exchange rates), while the associate professor salary range is HK$847,500-$1,346,940.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable. The appointment will commence on September 1, 2018. Associate professors will be hired with tenure. At the assistant professor level, the appointment will initially be on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment.

Applicants should submit the following materials to AP1386@hku.hk: a completed application form (341/1111); a cover letter detailing research plans and teaching abilities, not more than two pages long; a C.V.; a writing sample; a portfolio of past teaching materials and evaluations; three one-paragraph proposals for courses you would wish to teach; and three confidential letters of recommendation sent by your recommenders.  Applications (including all recommendation letters) should be submitted by December 15, 2017. Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk.

For inquiries, please contact the Department chairperson, Prof. Greg Thomas, at gmthomas@hku.hk.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

The Fine Arts Department at the Second China Middle Period Humanities: 800-1400 conference at Leiden University, September, 2017

The Department of Fine Arts had a strong presence at the “Second China Middle Period Humanities: 800-1400” international conference that was held at Leiden University, 14-17, September 2017. This conference brought together approximately 150 scholars who conduct research on the humanities of China during the ninth to fourteenth centuries. This prestigious conference first convened at Harvard University in 2014 and will gather for its third iteration in Singapore in 2020. The Department sent four scholars to Leiden to discuss research:

Current Ph.D. postgraduate Candy Ge Yau Leung discussed her research in the paper “Constructing a new pantheon of Confucian worthies: Portraits of four Yuan scholars,” from her 2016 M. Phil. thesis entitled “Representing the Literatus: Portraiture and identity in Yuan Figure Painting,” University of Hong Kong;

Lecturer Dr. Ruby Pui Yi Leung delivered the paper “Representing Universal Principle: Bamboo painting in Yuan-dynasty China (1271-1368)” which is based on research from her Ph.D. thesis “Bamboo in Principle: Ke Jiusi’s (1290-1349) Paintings and Knowledge in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)” completed in 2016, University of Hong Kong;

Current Ph.D. postgraduate Konstance Chun Tung Li presented on “The Khan’s New Robes: Marking the Mongol Imperium’s Presence in the Yonglegong Chaoyuantu Mural Painting,” material from his M. Phil thesis, “Envisioning Authority: The Mongol Imperium and the Yonglegong Mural Paintings and Architecture” of 2012, University of Hong Kong; and

Associate Professor Roslyn Lee Hammers introduced her research in progress in a paper entitled “Nature manipulated: Artifice and hybridity in the Song-painting Calico Cat under Peonies.

In addition to discussing and debating their own research findings, members of the Department of Fine Arts enjoyed attending other sessions to hear and reflecting on the current state of research on the humanities of Middle-period China. They also managed to fit in a few excursions to see other museums in the environs of Leiden and were particularly taken by the exhibition, “The Great Liao: Khitan Relics from Inner Mongolia, China” at the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands.

More information about the conference and the Liao exhibition are available at these websites, Second Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities and the Drents Museum.

 

A History of Modern Art in 73 lectures by David Clarke

solubleshark A History of Modern Art in 73 Lectures by David Clarke is now available online at Prof Clarke’s personal YouTube Channel solubleshark!

It is a series of lectures originally given to students of FINE2028 Vision and Crisis (2015-2016), FINE2029 Modernity and Discontents (2015-2016), and FINE2030 Towards the Global (2016-2017) at the University of Hong Kong. With David’s retirement, it is hoped that these edited sound recordings may help share his knowledge with a wider public, and continue to inspire individuals.

Prof Clarke’s words on this lecture series
Click here.

Recap on the retirement party
Click here for the video highlight and here for photos.

Asian Art Essay Competition 2016-2017

This is a call for entries for the annual University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize. A prize of HK$2,000 will be offered to the winner. Please click on the image for details.

Deadlines:
30 June 2017
(Final year students)
18 September 2017
(Other students)

Previous winning essays are available here.

Asian Art Essay Prize 2015-2016

Congratulations go to Park Sae Him as the winner of the 2015-16 Asian Art Essay Prize sponsored by the University of Hong Kong Museum Society. Park’s essay is entitled “Building the National identity: The Study of Japanese Government-General Building (1926-1995).” (read) Congratulations go to Zheng Shiyu as well for awarding an honorable mention for her essay “Archaism and the Search for the Self: An Interpretation of Wang Hui’s (1632-1717) Landscape.” (read) The Department of Fine Arts would like to thank all students who put in extra effort to submit revised essays for the University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian art essay prize competition. While we can only choose one winner each year, we appreciate the enthusiasm and accomplishments generated by all the applicants.