Painting, Poetry & Politics in Beijing’s Southern City

Painting, Poetry & Politics in Beijing's Southern City

Date(s) - 11/01/2014
9:30 am - 11:30 am

PSU Urban Center, room 250
506 SW Mill St. --Portland

In this free, public lecture at Portland State University, Dr. Michele Matteini, Art History Professor from Reed College, will discuss the making of Beijing’s Xuannan District as a site of cultural production in the context of High Qing China (ca. 1770s-1820s). By the turn of the nineteenth century, Beijing’s Southern City (Xuannan District) had become synonymous with the thriving urban culture, enterprising scholarly elite, and cosmopolitan character of the Qing capital. A century of economic prosperity, social stability, and the vigorous cultural polity of the Qing court had opened up unparalleled opportunities for scholars and unemployed officials, turning this peripheral section of the capital into a leading cultural center in the city and the empire. Today, Xuannan evokes the nostalgic accounts of Republican-period ‘Old Beijing,’ but the significance of the neighborhood cannot be fully understood without taking into account its early history.

Sponsored by the Portland State Institute for Asian Studies and First Saturday PDX: East Asian Program Series.

For more info, contact:
The PSU Institute for Asian Studies
EMAIL: [email protected]
TEL: 503-725-8576

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