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Sarah E. Fraser

Professor of East Asian Art History and Head of the Institute of East Asian Art History, Centre of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University

Sarah E. Fraser is Professor of East Asian Art History with a focus on Chinese Art and Head of the Institute of East Asian Art History, Centre of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University. She was on the Department of Art History faculty at Northwestern University from 1996-2012. Her research interests include historical and theoretical investigations in the History of Asian Art with a concentration on Chinese, Japanese, and Sino-Tibetan painting (sixth through twenty-first centuries), pan-Asian Buddhist wall painting; cognition and the artist’s practice; transnational primitive cosmopolitanism(s) developed through archaeological and ethnographic projects in European contexts; pan-Asian colonial subject formation in linguistic and photographic iterations; and neo-colonial Chinese photography. 

Her publications include the award-winning Performing the Visual: The Practice of Buddhist Wall Painting in China and Central Asia, 618‐960. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004; Fraser and L. Y. Chieh, eds. Xu Bing: After the Book from the Sky. Singapore: Springer Publications, 2020 and Fraser, Wakita, and Wang, Women Cross Media: East Asian Photography, Prints, and Porcelain from the Dresden State Art Collections. Heidelberg: Arhistoricum.net, Heidelberg University Library, 2021 (in press). 

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