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July 15, Wed. "Digital Secrets of a Legendary Chinese Painting" by Alfreda Murck

WHAT: “Digital Secrets of a Legendary Chinese Painting” by Alfreda Murck, an RASBJ Zoom talk followed by Q&A

WHEN: July 15, 20:00-21:00 Beijing Standard Time


MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: The eleventh-century handscroll Going up the River on Qingming Festival is a masterpiece of genre painting. The detailed depiction of architecture, technology, costume, and customs justify its fame. But it was the painter’s sense of humor and insights into social interactions that made this painting China’s most coveted scroll. Today, digitization allows observers to linger over these delightful scenes, removed from the time-and-space pressures that often distract visitors when they view this famous painting in a museum. For a preview, check out scrolls.uchicago.edu 

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: A student of Song dynasty painting, Freda Murck lived in Beijing from 1997 to 2013. In Beijing’s flea markets she collected other people’s castoffs such as objects related to the mangoes that Mao Zedong gave to workers in 1968. She taught at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and at Peking University, but her favorite job was helping with translation in the IT department at The Palace Museum.

HOW MUCH: This event is free and exclusively for members of the RASBJ and of other RAS branches.

HOW TO JOIN THE RASBJ: To become a member (or, for PRC passport-holders, to become an Associate) please email membership.ras.bj@gmail.com or on Wechat add MembershipRASBJ giving your full name, nationality, mobile number and email address plus the annual subscription amount (or, for Associates, the suggested donation) of RMB 300 for those resident in China, RMB 200 for those living overseas and RMB 100 for students. To learn more about the RASBJ go to www.rasbj.org

HOW TO JOIN THE EVENT: If you wish to become an RASBJ member in order to attend this talk, please submit your payment at least two days before the talk, so that you can receive the event notice with the advance registration link. After registering in advance, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a login link and passcode; use them to log in about 10 minutes before the talk.



July 22: Frances Wood on “Mahjong in Maida Vale: the Chinese intellectual community in the United Kingdom, 1930s-50s”

July 29: Prof. Hans van de Ven on "China’s Maritime Customs Service: Robert Hart and China’s Globalization”

August 5: Prof. Arne Westad on “The origins of reform and opening in China in the 1970s”

August 26:  Bizarre Beijing’s Jim Nobles on the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival

Sept 2:  Prof. Rana Mitter on "China's Good War: How WWII is Shaping a New Nationalism"



 THE TALK OF THE TOWN: RASBJ has held 18 hugely successful Zoom talks since Mar 9 -- from top East Asian scholar Ezra Vogel discusssing China-Japan relations and Peter Frankopan's seminar "Why Study History?" to Robert Bickers on the Swire story and Paul French on "Murders of Old China". Don't miss our upcoming events on Zoom!     
    -- July 15: Art historian Alfreda Murck on the secrets of China's most famous brush painting, revealed through digital technology 
    -- July 22: Sinologist Frances Wood on "Mahjong in Maida Vale: the Chinese intellectual community in UK, 1930's-50's"
    -- July 29: Prof. Hans van de Ven on "The Maritime Customs Service: Robert Hart and China's Globalization"  
    -- Aug 5: Prof. Arne Westad on "Origins of Reform and Opening in China in the 1970s"
    -- Sept. 2: Prof. Rana Mitter "China's Good War: How WWII is Shaping a New Nationalism"
       RASBJ members enjoy free access to online events and their youTube recordings (note: at the speaker's request a recording of the May 13 talk is not available) plus the RAS China journal -- and priority booking or discounted entry to in-person RASBJ events. If you'd like to become an RASBJ member, please Wechat MembershipRASBJ .

NEWS FOR MEMBERS: To enter the Members' Section on the website, go to the lower lefthand corner of the homepage, find "members login" and enter the password.  If you believe you're an RASBJ member but haven't been given the password, please email communications.ras.bj@gmail.com to ask for it (after ensuring you're fully paid up).   



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