Celebrating 2016 Faculty Book Publications at Humanities Center Reception on February 9

christopherjohnschinaLauren Benton, dean of the College of Arts and Science, will deliver welcoming remarks at a reception on Thursday, February 9, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities in celebration of 2016 faculty book publications in the humanities and social sciences.

Christopher Johns, Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art, has written a groundbreaking study that examines chinoiserie—European works of art and visual culture that were influenced by Chinese art—in the context of church and state politics, with particular focus on the Catholic missions’ impact on Western attitudes toward China and the Chinese. In his book, China and the Church: Chinoiserie in Global Context (University of California Press, 2016), Johns demonstrates that the emperor’s 1722 prohibition against Catholic evangelization, which occurred after almost 150 years of tolerance, prompted a remarkable change in European visualizations of China in Roman Catholic countries.

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