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Imperial Exposure: Early Photography and Royal Portraits across Asia

Freer Gallery of Art
Meyer Auditorium
Monday, December 5–Tuesday, December 6, 2011



8:30–9 am
9–9:15 am
Opening Remarks
Session I:
Personal Agency and Self-representation
9:15–11 am
Moderator: David Hogge, Freer and Sackler Galleries

Yi Gu, University of Toronto
Prince Chun through the Lens: Negotiating Photographic Medium in Royal Image

Ying-chen Peng, University of California, Los Angeles
Lingering between Tradition and Innovation: Photographic Portraits of Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908)

Ali Behdad, University of California, Los Angeles
Portrait Photographs: Constructions of Masculinity; Representations of Power

11–11:30 am
Session II:
Personal Manifestations of Nationhood
11:30 am–1:15 pm
Moderator: James Ulak, Freer and Sackler Galleries

Luke Gartlan, University of St. Andrews
The Reverent and the Everyday: Presenting Imperial Photographic Portraits in Meiji Japan

Hyung Il Pai, University of California, Santa Barbara
Romancing the Ruins of Imperial Antiquity: Travel Myths, Memories, and the Marketing of Heritage Destinations in Korea

Roberta Wue, University of California, Irvine
The Mandarin at Home and Abroad: Picturing Li Hongzhang (1823–1901)

1:15–3 pm
Lunch on your own
Session III:
Photographs and other media
3–4:45 pm
Moderator: Debra Diamond, Freer and Sackler Galleries

John Clark, University of Sydney
Presenting the Self: Pictorial and Photographic Discourses in Nineteenth-century Dutch Indies, Siam, and Japan

Deepali Dewan, Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto
Embellished Reality: Paint and Photography in Studio Portraiture from India

Mary Roberts, University of Sydney
Ottoman Statecraft and the “Pencil of Nature”: Portrait Photography and Drawing at the Court of Sultan Abdülaziz


8:30–9 am
Session IV:
Court and Religion
9–10:45 am
Moderator: Nancy Micklewright, Freer and Sackler Galleries

Maki Fukuoka, University of Michigan
Pictorializing the Emperor

Yuhang Li, Yale University
Mimicking Guanyin through the Lens: Cixi/Guanyin Photographs

Claire Roberts, Australian National University
Chinese Imperial Portrait Photography: Reconciling Heaven and Earth

Session V:
Then and Now
11 am–12:45 pm
Moderator: Carol Huh, Freer and Sackler Galleries

Holly Edwards, Williams College
Timely Portraits: Afghan Women Then and Now

Christine Kim, Georgetown University
Portraying Korea’s Colonial Monarchy: Images of Assimilation and Modernity

Maurizio Peleggi, National University of Singapore
From Image to Icon: The Aesthetics and Politics of Thai Royal Portraiture

12:45–1 pm
Concluding remarks

Speaker Bios

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