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Lothar von Falkenhausen, our next scholar-in-residence, will join us in-person from Monday, March 21 to Friday, March 25. He will meet with students and faculty, visit a course, and present an informal seminar to the BGC community, in addition to presenting at the Global Middle Ages seminar.

Lothar von Falkenhausen is professor of Chinese archaeology and art history at University of California Los Angeles, where he has taught since 1993. He is also on the faculty of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and he served as its associate director from 2004 to 2014. He also has a part-time appointment as Changjiang Chair Professor at Xibei University in Xi’an (China). Falkenhausen was educated at Bonn University, Peking University, Kyoto University, and Harvard University, receiving his PhD in anthropology from Harvard in 1988. His research mainly concerns the archaeology of Bronze Age China, focusing on large interdisciplinary and historical issues on which archaeological materials can provide significant new information. His two major books are Suspended Music: Chime Bells in the Culture of Bronze Age China (1993) and the award-winning Chinese Society in the Age of Confucius (1000250 BC): The Archaeological Evidence (2006; also published in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese translations). Falkenhausen was co-principal investigator of an international archaeological project on ancient salt production in the Yangzi River basin (1999–2004) and has served as instructor of record of the International Archaeological Field School at Yangguanzhai since 2010. He has served on the Scientific Council of the French School of Far Eastern Studies (2005–2011) and on the US President’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee (2012–2020). He is a full member of the German Archaeological Institute, an honorary research fellow of the Shaanxi Archaeological Academy, an honorary professor of Zhejiang University, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society.


Classroom Visit

Monday, March 21, 10 am–12 pm
Off-site Field Trip

Lothar von Falkenhausen will join “Art and Ornament in Early China” with Prof. François Louis.

Community Coffee Hour

Monday, March 21, 4–5 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lobby

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend an informal gathering with Lothar von Falkenhausen. Light refreshments will be served.


Global Middle Ages Seminar
“The Current State of Archaeology in China”

Tuesday, March 22, 6–7:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

This lecture presents some important recent discoveries in China and reflects on how they have changed our understanding of how Chinese civilization was formed. In a related vein, Professor von Falkenhausen will also reflect on changes in the intellectual framework in which Chinese archaeological research is being conducted today.

This talk will be accessible via Zoom in addition to being held in-person at 38 West 86th Street.  

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Brown Bag Lunch

“Warring States–period Mirrors”

Thursday, March 24, 12:15–1:15 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

Uncommon in the earlier Chinese Bronze Age, mirrors were mass-produced as consumer items during the Warring States period (ca. 450–221 BC). This lecture explores the cultural and economic context of this development and, on that basis, proposes an interpretation of the idiosyncratic decoration patterns on these mirrors.

This talk is only open to the BGC community and will be accessible via Zoom in addition to being held in-person at 38 West 86th Street.  

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Upcoming 2021-22 Residencies

Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1, 2022: Mónica Domínguez Torres

Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8, 2022: Alison Clarke

Monday, April 11 to Friday, April 15, 2022: Bénédicte Savoy

Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22, 2022: Carlo Ginzburg