Mingyuan Hu


Dr Mingyuan Hu
Research Associate
Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte
Humboldt Universität
Georgenstraße 47
10117 Berlin
Email: hu@bilderfahrzeuge.org

Research project

Diagram of the Changes’ hexagrams received by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1703)

Moving Book of Changes and Changing Ideas of Science

As 易經 (I Ching / Book of Changes / Das Buch der Wandlungen) from antiquity moved in and out of diverse geopolitical, conceptual, and linguistic spaces, I make an historical study of six moments in its afterlife – in Enlightenment Europe, Tokugawa Japan, Victorian Britain, post-revolutionary China, interwar Germany, and post-war Euro-America; and examine the ways in which a work of divination / cosmology / philosophy – its historiographically layered and ideologically varied interpretations – interacted with specific notions of science corresponding to differing claims of universality, to shifting world orders, and to individual takes on structural change in times of external and internal reconfiguration. 


Research Interests

Art and intellectual histories in Europe and China since c.1850, with foci on interwar and postwar years; historiography and methodology of art history; history of science; philosophy of language.

Academic Background

2015-2017   Lecturer in Art Histories of Asia, University of Leeds 

2013-2014   Visiting Scholar, Victoria and Albert Museum

2008-2012   Temporary Lecturer in Art History, University of Glasgow

2014            PhD Literary History, University of Glasgow 

2008            MA Hons (1stclass) Art History, University of Glasgow 

2008            Herkless Prize, University of Glasgow 

2008            Senior Honeyman Prize, University of Glasgow 

Publications (selection)


Mingyuan Hu: Fou Lei: An Insistence on Truth, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2017.


Mingyuan Hu: “Translating Art History, Transmitting Humanitas”, in: Migrating Histories of Art: Self-translations of a Discipline, ed. by Maria Teresa Costa and Hans Christian Hönes, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2018, pp. 135-148.

Mingyuan Hu: “Elusive Aesthetics or Comparative Politics”, in: The Senses and Society, vol. 13. no. 3 (2018), pp. 295-297.

Mingyuan Hu: “The Antispecialist”, in: Specialism, ed. by David Blamey, London: Open Editions, 2016, pp. 55-66. 

Mingyuan Hu: “How the Sage’s Ghost Metamorphoses”, in: Secret Signs: Calligraphy in Chinese Contemporary ArtZeitgenössische chinesische Kunst im Namen der Schrift, ed. by Dirk Luckow, Cologne: Snoeck, 2015, pp. 60-71. 


Chinese to English 

Mingyuan Hu: Toward Bravery and Other Poems by Mu Xin, London/Berlin: Hermits United, 2017.

Mingyuan Hu: “Shan is not Shan, Shui not Shui” by Ai Weiwei, in: Poetry without Sound? Landscape in Chinese Contemporary Art  / Shanshui: Die Landschaft in der chinesischen Gegenwartskunst, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2011, pp. 40-43.

English to Chinese

Mingyuan Hu: “John Thomson’s China: 1868–1872” by Nick Pearce, in: China Through the Lens of John Thomson: 1868–1872, London: River Books, 2010, pp. 6-9.

French to Chinese                                         

Mingyuan Hu: Fabienne Verdier: la traversée des signes by Daniel Abadie, Hong Kong: Consulat Général de France, 2014.

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