Mactaggart Art Collection Symposium Event

The University of Alberta Museums is proud to host a symposium related to the University of Alberta's Mactaggart Art Collection. We are now pleased to extend the registration to the general public. Starting Tuesday, July 19 until Thursday, July 21, eleven international and local scholars will be discussing topics and presenting their research regarding the Mactaggart Art Collection.

Tuesday, July 19 

Location: TELUS International Centre (Room 134)

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Keynote Address

  • Presenter: Tim Brook (University of British Columbia)

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Translating Eurasia: Visual and Textual Sources of the European Imagination

  • Presenter: Peter C. Perdue (Yale University)

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visualizing Whose History?: Beyond Manchu and Chinese in a "Portrait of a Bannerman"

  • Presenter: Jonathan Schlesinger (Indiana University – Bloomington)

Register for Tuesday, July 19


Wednesday, July 20

Location: TELUS International Centre (Room 134)

8:30 am - 9:30 am 

The Visual Making of “Chinese Torture” 

  • Presenter: Jérôme Bourgon (IAO/CNRS/ENS de Lyon)

9:40 am - 10:40 am


Production of Geographical Knowledge and the Manchu Conquests of Central Asia 

  • Presenter: Lianbin Dai (University of Alberta)

10:50 am - 11:50 am


Melting Down the Emperor and Stitching Up Shidong Miao History

  • Presenter: Zhaohua Ho (Fu-Jen Catholic University)

Light Lunch 



12:40 pm - 1:40 pm 


Fashion as Disorder?: the Informal Dress (bianfu) of mid-late Qing Manchu Princesses and Consorts 

  • Presenter: Rachel Silberstein (Rhode Island School of Design)

1:50 pm - 2:50 pm


The Impact of Sino-European Exchanges on Chinese Costume

  • Presenter: Chuan-hui Mau (National Tsing-hua University)

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Eunuchs from the Ming Dynasty to Qing’s Ethno-Dynastic Order, 1500-1800

  • Presenter: Jennifer W. Jay (University of Alberta)

Register for Wednesday, July 20

*Registering for either session on Wednesday, July 21 will include you in the light lunch


Thursday, July 21

Location: TELUS International Centre (Room 134)

8:30 am - 9:30 am


The Material Manifestations of Regional Culture

  • Presenter: Susan Naquin (Princeton University)

9:40 am - 10:40 am


Ancestor Portraits and Spirit Tablets in Ritual Veneration

  • Presenter: Hung-lam Chu (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

10:50 am - 11:50 am


Accessories to Orthodoxy: Artifacts of Traditional Connoisseurship in the Mactaggart Art Collection and the Modern Conservation of Qing Aesthetic Order

  • Presenter: Walter Davis (University of Alberta)

Register for Thursday, July 21