St John's College Oxford
Dr Tian S. Liang

Dr Tian S. Liang

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in History of Art


I specialise in modern and contemporary East Asian art, focusing particularly on the art and visual culture of nineteenth- and twentieth-century China. I received my MA and PhD in the History of Art & Archaeology from SOAS University of London, and held a Postdoctoral Research and Curatorial Fellowship in modern and contemporary Chinese art at SOAS before joining Oxford in October 2016. 

Research Interests

As a Leverhulme Fellow, I am pursuing a research project entitled 'Anatomising the Body: Art, Science and the Humanities in Modern China', which explores understandings of human anatomy and its relations to artistic representations of the human body in China between 1851 and 1949. By placing the knowledge of human anatomy at the centre of a broader nexus of artistic, medical, educational, publishing and humanitarian contexts, this project will provide the first history of the ways in which the ‘body’ was scientifically assessed and artistically represented across different visual media — painting, sculpture, print, woodcut and photography.

My research interests include the representation of skin, the history of life drawing, history of anatomy, medical humanities, animal studies and interdisciplinary approaches to art history informed by history of science and medicine, anthropology and material culture studies.

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