Areas of Focus:
Chinese art, archaeology, and material culture
Jie Shi specializes in Chinese art, archaeology, and material culture, with an emphasis on the early and medieval period. Drawing on phenomenology and critical theories, his interdisciplinary research closely examines the forms and contents of Chinese art (including painting, sculpture, and decorated objects) and architecture (including cities, palaces, temples, and tombs) about ancient and medieval Chinese lived experience, social institutions, power structure, political thought, and ritual practice. He also studies interactions between Chinese art and its Eurasian, South Asian, and Western counterparts. His articles appeared in such refereed journals as the T’oung Pao, Early China, Journal of American Oriental Society, Monumenta Serica, Archives of Asian Art, and Material Religion. His first book, titled Modeling Peace: Royal Tombs and Political Ideology in Early China (New York: Columbia University Press, 2019), explores the political and philosophical agendas in early Chinese royal tombs, which were among the most spectacular material and artistic remains from the early Chinese civilization. His next projects include one that focuses on decorated objects in ancient China. He has been a recipient of several academic prizes, fellowships, and grants.
At Bryn Mawr College, he teaches not only introductory courses in Chinese art and visual culture but also more advanced undergraduate and graduate seminars on Chinese painting and calligraphy, funerary art, decorated objects, and art of the Silk Road.