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Sooa McCormick

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

Sooa McCormick, visiting assistant professor of art history, holds a B.A. from Deoksung Women’s University (Seoul), an M.A. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Professor McCormick is a specialist in cross-cultural interactions between East Asian ruling houses, and between East Asia and Europe from 1600 to 1800. Her wider areas of expertise include diaspora visual culture in early modern East Asia, and the circulation of technologies and raw materials between different continents that informed the production of artifacts in medieval and early modern East Asia. She is particularly interested in artifacts that shaped, negotiated, and represented various modes of transculturation; the influence of power and hierarchy on the production of art in early modern East Asian societies; and the interplay between text and image in vernacular and religious Asian art. Her dissertation, “Comparative and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Chinese and Korean Court Documentary Painting in the Eighteenth Century,” examines ideas and images in court documentary paintings in light of regional and international interactions.

McCormick's publications include “Documentary Paintings as Gifts/Souvenirs in Eighteenth-Century Chinese and Korean Courts,” Frontiers of History in China (Forthcoming, 2015) and “Ten Thousand Men’s Canopy: A Gift of Paradox during the Age of Peasant Rebellions,” The Register of the Spencer Museum of Art  (Forthcoming, 2015).

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