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      May Hall

      ANDREA JIAN CHEN 陳劍

      PhD Student (Admitted in 2015 – 2016)
      Field Area: Religious Art

      Contact

      The University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
      Email: andreajc@hku.hk

      Sharing & Experiences

      Life in the University of Hong Kong is a fantastic learning experience, and knowledge is not the only thing that one could learn here. HKIHSS, where I study as a PhD student, is an institution renowned for her interdisciplinary research policy and internationally integrated teaching system. Interacting with teaching and office staff here is highly smooth, and makes one feel like home. Friendly environment and ideal research advantages are just part of the best memories. There are also the fascinating lunch talks, inspiring public lectures, and everything that goes beyond these four years.

      Research Interests
      1. Religious Art History of the Central Asia through the Silk Road
      2. The Church of the East in the Silk Road
      3. Chinese Christianity in Tang and Yuan dynasties (Jingjiao/Chinese Nestorianism in particular)
      4. Mongolian Religions and Religious Art in Yuan Dynasty
      5. Mongolian Christianity the “Yelikewen” in Yuan Dynasty
      Thesis Project

      Nestorian Crosses and the Christian religion in China

      Thesis Supervisors

      Primary supervisor: Dr. Kam Wing Fung

      Co-supervisor: Dr. Florian Knothe

      Awards & Achievements

      Conference and Research Support for Research Postgraduate Students (2017)

      Dean’s list: The Outstanding Academic Performance of the Year 2015 (2016)

      Theology Student of the Year Divinity School of Chung Chi College (2015)

      Christian Study Center on Chinese Religion & Culture Limited Scholarship (2015)

      The HK Chinese Christian Churches Union Scholarship “The Best Theology Student of the Year” (2014)

      Rev. Hwang Hsien Yuen Memorial Scholarship (2013)

      Selected Publications

      Andrea, Jian Chen. 2018. “Silk Road Influences on the Art of Seals: A Study of the Song Yuan Huaya.” Humanities. special issue. 2018.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. Accepted & Coming in 2019. “Investigating the Different Lotus Motifs — The So-Called Nestorian Crosses and the Art of Yelikewen.” In Anthology of the 5th Salzburg International Conference: Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia, edited by Li Tang, Dietmar W. Winkler.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. “Art in Asia.” In Encyclopedia of Christianity and the Global South, edited by Mark Lamport. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2018.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. “Christianity and the Arts.” In Encyclopedia of Christianity and the Global South, edited by Mark Lamport. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2018.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. Accepted & Coming in 2019. “Attempting a Breakthrough in Jingjiao Study — Art History as a New Approach to Re-presenting the Configuration of the Yelikewen’s Religious World.” In 2016 International Jingjiao Conference Anthology, edited by Glen L Thompson.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. 2017. “Investigation of the Idea of Nestorian Crosses — Based on F. A. Nixon’s Collection.” Quest: Studies on Religion & Culture in Asia 2:1-22.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. 2015. “‘International Conference on Jingjiao,’June 10-12, 2015 in Hong Kong.” Sino-Christian Studies 20:215-220.

      Presentations

      Andrea Jian Chen. “Deciphering A Treasure on the Silk Roads — Complexity as the Key in Identification of the Ordos Seals.” Paper presented at the Art and Archeology of the Silk Road Symposium, Portland State University, Portland, USA, 2017.

      Andrea Jian Chen. “Investigation of the Idea of Nestorian Crosses — Based on F. A. Nixon’s   Collection.” Paper presented at the ASPAC conference, Willamette, the United States, 2017.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. “Negotiating a New Ground — Based on the Art History Methodology.” Paper presented at the 16th Annual Research Postgraduate Conference, Hong Kong, 2016.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. “Juxtaposing Various Collections of the So-Called Nestorian Crosses to Re-Hypothesize the Understandings. ” Paper presented at the Museums, Art and Cultural Diplomacy, New Zealand, 2016.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. “Underestimated Treasure — Understanding the Diversity of the Nestorian Crosses Collection.” Paper presented at the 5th Salzburg International Conference: Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia, Salzburg, 2016.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. “Investigation of the Idea of Nestorian Crosses — Based on F. A. Nixon’s Collection.” Paper presented at the PTCA International Conference, Seoul, 2016.

      Andrea, Jian Chen. “Attempting a Breakthrough in Jingjiao Study — Art History as a New Approach to Re-presenting the Configuration of the Yelikewen’s Religious World.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Jingjiao, Hong Kong, 2015.

      Research Activities

      Invited research trip to the Eastern Asian Art Museum in Bath, Bath, Britain, 2017.

      Invited research trip to study their Nestorian Crosses collection of British Museum, by Research Fellow in British Museum, Britain, 2017.

      Introductory Course Certification Obtained in “The application and analysis of handheld x-ray fluorescence” at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2017.

      Invited research trip to the Methodist Historical Center of the Drew University. The Drew University, New Jersey, 2016.

      Societies

      Member of the Committee of the Nethersole Institute of Continuing Holistic Health Education

      Member of the UMAC (UMAC is the international committee for university museums and collections of the International Council of Museums, ICOM. It is an international forum for all those working in, or associated with, academic museums, galleries and collections.)