Winston C Kyan portrait
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Asian Studies
  • Associate Professor, Art/Art History Department

Presentations

  • “Humanistic Buddhism and Contemporary Chinese Art,” invited presentation for The 7th Symposium on Humanistic Buddhism, Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, November 1-3, 2019. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2019.
  • “On the Relevance of Buddhism-Inspired Contemporary Art,” Invited presentation for the Plenary Panel of the international conference, Expressions of the Dharma: Buddhist Art and Culture in Everday Life, Fo Guang Shan His Lai Temple / University of the West, Los Angeles, CA, April 4-6, 2019. Invited Talk/Keynote, Accepted, 04/06/2019.
  • “Dunhuang and the Silk Road,” Invited lecture organized by the Elling Eide Center for Chinese Literature and Art, Sarasota, FL, December 19, 2018. Presentation, Presented, 12/19/2018.
  • “Female Bodily Sacrifice and the Absence of Men: Filial Figuration in Song, Jin, and Liao Tombs,” Invited lecture cosponsored by the Department of the History of Art, Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley, March 23, 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2017.
  • “Rethinking Art History Through the Frames and Politics of Science, Medicine, and Ecology,” Co-organizer of the program and roundtable participant for the conference China, Art, History: New Orientations, A Conference in Honor of Professor Wu Hung, November 3-5, 2016. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2016.
  • “Rethinking Art History Through the Frames and Politics of Science, Medicine, and Ecology,” Co-organizer of the program and roundtable participant for the conference China, Art, History: New Orientations, A Conference in Honor of Professor Wu Hung. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Cave Temples of Dunhuang: History, Art, and Materiaity. Symposium in honor of the life and work of Fan Jinshi at the Mogao Grottoes, organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the University of California, Los Angeles and taking place at the Getty Center and the University of California, Los Angeles on May 20-21, 2016. Invited to present paper, but could not attend. Invited Talk/Keynote, Other, 05/2016.
  • Rethinking Representations of Filial Piety: Narrative Space and Bodily Substitution in Tang China,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, March 2015. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/29/2015.
  • “Picturing the Buddhist Filial Son in Medieval China,” 17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, August 2014. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/2014.
  • “Between Caves and Tombs: Rethinking Representations of Buddhist Filial Sons,” Refiguring East Asian Religious Art: Buddhist Devotion and Funerary Practice. Conference hosted by the Center for the Art of East Asia, The University of Chicago, May 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2014.
  • “Between Jatakas and Filial Piety Sutras: Rethinking Representations of Shanzi as a Buddhist Filial Son,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia, April 2014. (Co-organizer and paper presenter for the panel: “All in the Family: Kinship and the Visual Culture of Medieval East Asian Buddhism”). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2014.
  • “Materiality and Immateriality in 9th Century Dunhuang Caves,” sponsored by the Academia Sinica, Taiwan, July 2011. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2011.
  • “Contested Bodies: Jataka Narratives, Apocryphal Sutras, and Filial Cannibalism in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Art,” International Association of Buddhist Studies, Jinshan, Taiwan, June 2011. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/2011.
  • “Strange Visions: Translating Alexander Soper as a Source of Medieval Chinese Visuality,” Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Honolulu, April 2011. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2011.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Asia
    China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Silk Road.

Publications

  • “Folklore and the Visual Culture of Burmese America: Immigrant Buddhism and the Dhammananda Monastery,” in Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life, edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. Published, 06/2014.
  • “Representing Childhood in Chinese Buddhism: The Sujati Jataka in Text and Image.” In Little Buddhas, edited by Vanessa Sasson, 157-182. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Published, 01/2013.
  • “Folklore and Asian American Visual Culture.” In Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife (3 vols.), edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau, (vol. 1) 54-58. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. Published, 12/2011.
  • Zhang Huan: 49 Days. Text by Winston Kyan, 5-8. Los Angeles: Blum and Poe, 2011. Published, 07/2011.
  • “Family Space: Buddhist Materiality and Ancestral Fashioning in Mogao Cave 231,” The Art Bulletin 92: 1-2 (March/June 2010): 61-82. Published, 06/2010.
  • “Artist, System, Culture – On the Anthropology of Contemporary Chinese Art: An Interview with Wu Hung,” Yishu: A Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 9, no. 2 (March/April 2010): 65-73. Published, 04/2010.
  • Review of Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China, by Martin J. Powers. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Asia Center, 2006. In Journal of Asian Studies 68, no. 1, (February 2009): 277-278. Published, 02/2009.
  • Review of Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples, by Stephen F. Teiser. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007. In caa.reviews (posted January 31, 2008: http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/1079). 1,575 words. Published, 01/2008.
  • “Electric Pagodas and Hyphenate Gates: Folklore, Folklife, and the Architecture of Chinatown,” Amerasia Journal 39: 2 (July 2013): 25-47. Published, 07/2013.
  • Review of Mirror of Morality: Chinese Narrative Illustration and Confucian Ideology, by Julia K. Murray. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007. In Journal of Chinese Religions, no. 35 (2007): 178-180. Published, 12/2007.
  • Winston Kyan, and edited by Miao Fan (2020). Humanistic Buddhism and Contemporary Chinese Art. Fo Guang Shan Institute of Humanistic Buddhism. Published, 12/01/2020.
  • Winston Kyan & Edited by Wu Hung and Paul Copp (2019). “Female Bodily Sacrifice and the Absence of Men: Representing Filial Offspring in Song, Jin, and Liao Tombs,” in Refiguring East Asian Religious Art: Buddhist Devotion and Ancestor Veneration. . Chicago: Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago; and Art Media Resources.. Published, 10/2019.
  • Winston Kyan (2018). The Buddhist Resistance of Zhang Huan’s Pagoda.” . Art Journal Open, open access journal published by the College Art Association. Published, 10/16/2018.
  • Winston Kyan (2018). “Historiography of Chinese Art.” . Grove Art Encyclopedia, Oxford Art Online. Judith Rodenbeck, editor-in-chief. New York: Oxford University Press. Accepted, 01/2018.
  • Winston Kyan (2013). “Ancestor Portraits in Mogao Cave 231, Dunhuang, Gansu Province, People’s Republic of China.” . Object Narrative, Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale University. Sally Promey, director. Peer reviewed website. Published, 12/2013.