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Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Ling U

Prof. Yu-Chieh LI

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Visual Studies Lingnan University



  • Biography

    Professor Li teaches courses on the histories and theories of modern and contemporary art in a global context. She holds a PhD in East Asian Art History and an MA in European Art History from Heidelberg University, Germany. Prior to joining Lingnan University, she was the inaugural Judith Neilson Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Art at UNSW Art and Design, Sydney (2018-2020). She has also held research positions at the Tate Research Centre: Asia, London (2017-2018) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013-2015).

    Her research engages with aesthetics of performance art in Asia, art historiography emerging from decolonial struggles, and socially engaged practices and curation resisting neoliberal globalization. Currently, she is working on a book project examining artistic autonomy in postsocialist China. She has served as co-editor of Xu Bing: Beyond the Book from the Sky (with Sarah E. Fraser, Springer, 2020) and Visual Representations of the Cold War and Postcolonial Struggles (with Midori Yamamura, Routledge, 2021).

  • Areas of Interest

    Theories and histories of performance art, conceptual art and socially engaged art under postsocialist conditions, contemporary art historiography under decolonial discourses, Joseph Beuys and the legacy of the 1968 student movement, material culture in the Dutch East Indies
  • Academic and Professional Qualifications

    • PhD in East Asian Art History, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

    • MA in European Art History, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

    • BA in European Art History, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen

  • Positions Held

    • 2018-2020 Judith Neilson Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Art, School of Art and Design, University of New South Wales, Sydney

    • 2017-2018 Adjunct Researcher, Tate Research Centre: Asia

    • 2015-2016 Teaching Assistant, Institute for East Asian Art History, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

    • 2013-2015 Andrew W. Mellon C-MAP Fellow, the Museum of Modern Art, New York

  • Selected Publications

    Peer-reviewed Publications

    • (Accepted, forthcoming 2021) Yu-Chieh Li, “Gender and Performativity in Xing Danwen’s East Village,” Third Text.

    • (Accepted, forthcoming 2021) Yu-Chieh Li, “Behind the Shutter: Disappearance and the Postcolonial Body in Early Sinophone Media Art,” World Art.

    • Yu-Chieh Li (2020), “Translating Happenings: Frog King Kwok's Abject Play,” Art in Translation, Volume 11(4), 417-400.

    • Yu-Chieh Li (2020), “Two-Dimensional Installation: The Case of Xu Bing, Gu Wenda, and Yang Jiechang”, in Sarah E. Fraser and Yu-Chieh Li eds., Xu Bing: Beyond the Book from the Sky, 87-96, Heidelberg: Springer.

    Non peer-reviewed publications

    • (Accepted, forthcoming 2021) Yu-Chieh Li, “Art Expanded: The Reform of Art Academies in Germany, 1968” in Song Yi ed., Buzhou Mountain: A Mobile Visual Display.

    • Yu-Chieh Li, “He Yunchang: A Buddhist’s Approach to the Unspeakable,” Artmonthly Australasia, no 318 (September 2019): 66-71.

  • Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

    • 10 November 2020“The Question of Autonomy in Post-socialist Chinese Art,” Chinese Studies Seminar, University of New South Wales.

    • 24 September 2020“Debating Postcoloniality in Taiwanese Art,” Oriental Society of Australia and University of Sydney.

    • 12-15 February 2020 – Yu-Chieh Li co-convener with Midori Yamamura, “The Cold War in the North-South Axis: Asian Visual Art Beyond the U.S.-Soviet Dichotomy”, College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago 2020. Including, 13 February 2020 – Yu-Chieh Li, “A Continuous Cold War: Art of Post-Socialism in Contemporary China”.

    • 1 November 2019“Wu/Shamanism in Contemporary Performance Art,” Performance Studies Research Seminar, University of Sydney.

    • 22-23 June 2019“Identities in Transition: On Early Sinophone Media Art”, ACIAC Emerging Scholars’ Forum on Australian and Chinese Arts and Culture: Compare, Contrast, Converge and Commingle, Western Sydney University.

    • 25 June 2019keynote speech, “Southern Theory and Global Art History”, South as Turn, Tainan Art Museum, Taiwan.

    • 6 December 2018 – “The Art of Provincialism in Taiwan: Stoppages, the Marginalized Body, and Ruins, 1983–1993,” Asia as Method: Transnational Research in the Museum, Tate Modern, London.

  • Curatorship

    (co-curated with Shih-yu Hsu) Female Avatars’ Futurist Statement, Taipei Contemporary Art Centre, 2019.

  • External Research Grants

    • 2020 Faculty Research Grant, School of Art and Design, University of New South Wales, Sydney

    • 2019 Faculty Research Grant, School of Art and Design, University of New South Wales, Sydney

    • 2015-2017 PhD Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Taiwan.

    • 2012 Heinz-Götze-Stiftung Travel Funding for MA Research