Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Visual Anthropology of China Resources

I have recently subscribed to the H-ASIA listserv and the H-Japan listserv. Both of these are intended for professional scholars and teachers engaged in research in Asia and Japan respectively. I am getting barraged with messages daily (as opposed to EASIANTH) dealing with research questions, job postings, conferences, fellowships, etc. Some visual anthropology material comes through as well and I will do my best to forward important visual anthropology resources on this blog. Two of note, while not dealing with Japan, are good visual sources for China.

1. Historical Photographs of China

This project aims to locate, archive, and disseminate photographs from the substantial holdings of images of modern China held mostly in private hands overseas.

You can view the different collections of images from 1840 to 1950. There are thumbnails that you can click and see larger versions of the photo. There is also some limited information about each photo (such as date, photographer, names of people in the photo, etc.). While useful for Chinese history specialists, this site is worth a look for visual anthropologists to see how photos can be cataloged and made available via open access.

Link to Historical Photographs of China

2. Arts of China Consortium (formerly Chinese and Japanese Art History WWW Virtual Library)

The Arts of China Consortium (ACC) was founded in 2002 to promote the study and understanding of Chinese art history, archaeology, and visual and material culture, and to support the research and professional activities of its members.

Lots of information for professionals and students including job postings, calls for papers, conference information and grant/fellowship listings. There is also a section of links related to Chinese arts that might be useful for visual anthropologists.

Link to Arts of China Consortium

The arts of China Consortium is part of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library and the East Asian WWW Virtual Library. Both can be accessed at that site or by clicking below.

Link to Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library

Link to East Asia WWW Virtual Library

There is Japan specific related links in both of these. All of these sites have so many links to other sites - there is a wealth of information to get lost in out there. Good hunting. And good luck finding your way back home...

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