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Faculty Profile

Wei Ren

Assistant Professor of Art and Art History; The Tamar and Emil '53 Weiss Chair in Asian Art (2015)

Contact Information

Leave of absence Fall 2021

renw@dickinson.edu

Weiss Center for the Arts Room 227

Bio

Professor Ren is a specialist in East Asian art. In addition to survey courses on East Asian art, she also teaches courses on the Japanese woodblock print, ink painting, modern Chinese art, and Chinese funerary art. Her research interests focus primarily on 19th-20th century Chinese art, with a special emphasis on how the concept of design emerged and developed in Japan and China in relation to both fine arts and industry in a broad cross-cultural nexus. She is currently working on her book manuscript entitled "Converging in Design: Modern Art and Books in China."

Education

  • B.A., Williams College, 2007
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2015

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

ARTH 108 Arts of East Asia
Cross-listed with EASN 108-01.

EASN 108 Arts of East Asia
Cross-listed with ARTH 108-01.

ARTH 205 Buddhist Art in East Asia
Cross-listed with EASN 205-02. This course introduces students to the study of the history of the visual culture of Buddhism in East Asia, and to the study of pre-modern visual culture more generally. Each week will be devoted to the discussion of a particular keyword in Buddhist art, beginning with the basics such as "Buddha," and "Bodhisattva," toward more specialized topics, including "transformation tableau," and "pagoda." In conjunction with the investigation of keywords in Buddhist art, we will also address theories of iconography/iconology, space, spectatorship, etc.

EASN 205 Buddhist Art in East Asia
Cross-listed with ARTH 205-01. This course introduces students to the study of the history of the visual culture of Buddhism in East Asia, and to the study of pre-modern visual culture more generally. Each week will be devoted to the discussion of a particular keyword in Buddhist art, beginning with the basics such as "Buddha," and "Bodhisattva," toward more specialized topics, including "transformation tableau," and "pagoda." In conjunction with the investigation of keywords in Buddhist art, we will also address theories of iconography/iconology, space, spectatorship, etc.

ARTH 209 The Japanese Woodblock Print
Cross-listed with EASN 209-01.

EASN 209 The Japanese Woodblock Print
Cross-listed with ARTH 209-01.