In the Eyes of Its European Beholders: China’s Longmen and Cultural Heritage
EURICS organises the public lecture " In the Eyes of Its European Beholders: China’s Longmen and Cultural Heritage" with Dong WANG (EURICS fellow, Professor and Director of the Wellington Koo Institute for Modern China in World History, Shanghai University)
📅 February 25th , 6:00PM ( Paris)
The Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001, with thousands of stone Buddhas, has stood for over 1,500 years on the banks of River Yi just south of Luoyang, once referred to as the “Chinese Babylon.” This public lecture tells the story of how Longmen became a potent source of inspiration on the European and world stage at the turn of the twentieth century. Industrialization and the advent of modernity propelled nations of both East and West to reposition themselves, and ultimately see each other in a new light, while each attempted to revitalize its own cultural heritage by recalibrating the power of art and scientific studies of other cultures and national traditions.
Drawing on her book in English, Longmen’s Stone Buddhas and Cultural Heritage: When Antiquity Met Modernity in China (2020), Professor Dong WANG presents these significant transcontinental encounters through the eyes of some of Longmen’s modern European witnesses. More importantly, she asks, what lessons can we learn, for today and for the future, from the European experience and valuation of Chinese artifacts and ancient sites?