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309 Old CollegeNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClassD1B23AAAD7DC42E2B0157CD7B992244F"><p>Professor <strong>Vimalin Rujivacharakul’s</strong> research focuses on the interplay among architectural history, intellectual history, and cultural anthropology. She has published on architectural history and historiography, Sino-European intellectual history, history of cartography, and history of collecting (<a href="/Documents%20Bios%20CVs/rujivacharakul-cv.pdf" title="Rujivacharakul CV" target="_blank">see CV</a>). Her scholarship has been supported by awards and fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; the Getty Research Institute; the Needham Research Institute; the Graham Foundation; the Chang Ching-kuo Foundation; and the Terra Foundation, among others.<em> </em>Her current project examines the construction of world architectural discourse in visual and textual representations.<br></p><p>In 2018, Professor Rujivacharakul has been appointed the 2018-2021 Visiting Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. She holds her visiting professorship at Tsinghua concurrently with her full-time position at the University of Delaware. At the University of Delaware, she supervises graduate students in both Art History and Art Conservation, and has served as reader and examiner of dissertations and theses for graduates both within and outside of the United States. At Tsinghua University, she works with colleagues and graduate students in the history of architecture with emphases on preservations of village architecture and vernacular architecture. She also collaborates with colleagues for the protection of UNESCO’s world heritage sites in China.<br></p><p>Currently, Professor Rujivacharakul is co-directing, with Professor J. Ritchie Garrison, the project <strong>In Search of the Global Impact of Asian Aesthetics on American Art and Material Culture</strong>: <a href="" title="In Search of the Global Impact of Asian Aesthetics on American Art and Material Culture" target="_blank"></a>. She has also co-led the Freer/Sackler-Mellon Foundation workshop, <strong>Chinese Objects Outside of China</strong>, with Robert Mintz (Asian Art Museum) at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in 2017. (<a href="" title="Chinese Objects Outside of China"></a>)<br></p></div> Bios CVs/rujivacharakul-cv.pdfRujivacharakul, Vimalin302-831-1583<img alt="Vimalin Rujivacharakul" src="/Images%20Bios/People/Faculty/rujivacharakul-bio.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate StudiesArchitectural History and Intellectual HistoryPh.D. University of California, Berkeley



Liang Sicheng and the Temple of Buddha's LightRujivacharakul, Vimalinand Luo Deyin, eds. and trans.Gale AsiaAndover2015<p>In July 1937, Liang Sicheng (1901-1972) led a small team of architectural historians to Mount Wutai in Shanxi. There, in the land known as the dwelling of Mañjusri, they encountered the ninth-century Buddha hall dating from the Tang period. In Chinese architectural history, this finding was a watershed moment. At the time of its discovery, this extant architecture was the sole Tang timber structure ever found on the mainland.<br></p><p>This book presents the history and historiography of the discovery of the Temple of Buddha's Light. It also delivers, for the first time, both Liang's complete account of the trip translated into English and his detailed analyses of the temple's architecture and decorative art. Also included are Liang's original photographs and drawings of the temple complex.<br></p>
Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through HistoryRujivacharakul, VimalinH. Hazel Hahn, Ken Tadashi Oshima, and Peter Christensen, eds.University of Hawai'i PressHonolulu2013<p>This collection explores built environments and visual narratives in Asia via cartography, icons and symbols in different historical settings. It grows out of a three-year project focusing on cultural exchange in the making of Asia’s boundaries as well as its architectural styles and achievements. The editors -- architectural scholars at University of Delaware, Seattle University, University of Washington and Harvard University, respectively – attracted contributions from Asia, Europe, and North America. </p><p>The manuscript consists of three sections – in Mapping Asia: Architectural Symbols from Medieval to Early Modern Periods, authors examine icons and symbols in maps and textual descriptions and other early evidence about Asian architecture. Incorporating archival materials from Asia and Europe, the essays present views of Asian architecture seen from those who lived on the continent, those who saw themselves residing along the margins, and those who identified themselves as outsiders. The second section, Conjugating Asia: The Long-Nineteenth Century and its Impetus, explores the construction of the field of Asian architecture and the political imagination of Asian built environments in the nineteenth century. It discusses the parallel narratives of colonialism and Orientalism in the construction of Asia and its architectural environment, mapping how empire-expanding influences from Europe and North America have defined “Asia” and its regions through new vocabularies and concepts, which include, among others, “Eurasia,” “Jap-Alaska,” “Asie coloniale,” “the Orient,” and “Further India.” The third section, Manifesting Asia: Building the Continent with Architecture, addresses the physical realization of “Asian” geographic ideas within a set of specific local and regional contexts in the twentieth century. It examines tangible constructions as legible documents of these notional constructions of Asia, and discusses their construction processes, materials and critical receptions as evidence of the physical's reciprocal relationship to the conceptual. Regions and conditions covered include French Indochina, Iran, post-Soviet Central Asia, Japanese landscape, and the construction of the Afro-Asian built environment.<br></p>
Collecting China: The World, China, and a History of CollectingRujivacharakul, Vimalined.University of Delaware PressNewark2011<p>This is a unique book that brings together theories of materiality and the history of collecting. It grew out of a simple question: how does a thing become Chinese? Fifteen essays explore the question from different angles, ranging from close examination of world-renowned private collections (the Rockefellers, the Goncourts, the Walters, the du Ponts, the Yeh family, and the Getty Research Institute, among others) to critical reinterpretation of historical writings that continue from records of Emperor Wu Di of the Han Dynasty to the story of Robinson Crusoe and the first international exhibition of Chinese art. With accounts that incorporate records normally unavailable to the public, the authors map the vast network of collection practices in different periods, and demonstrate the ways in which material things produced in China acquire new cultural identities through collecting practices.<br></p>

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