Jiren Feng

Faculty Information

Assistant Professor of Chinese

Email: jirenf@hawaii.edu

Office: K231

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Research Interests: History of Chinese art and architecture; Interplay of architecture and literature; transmission of technical knowledge

Education

  • Ph. D., Department of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, 2006
  • M.A., Department of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, 1999
  • M.A., Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Pennsylvania,1996
  • M.E. Department of Architecture, Tsinghua University, 1989
  • B.E., Department of Architecture, Tsinghua University, 1986

Teaching

2010-present Assistant Professor of Chinese/Japanese, Department of Languages, University of Hawai'i at Hilo
2009-2010 Lecturer (rank in British system), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
2007-2008 Visiting Lecturer, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
1997-2006 Teaching Assistant, Brown University, U.S.A.
1991-1995 Lecturer, Peking University, China
1989-1991 Assistant Lecturer, Peking University, China

Major Publications

  • Architecture and Metaphor: Song Culture in the Yingzao Fashi Building Manual.Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2012.
  • “Bracketing likened to flowers, branches and foliage: Architectural metaphors and conceptualization in tenth to twelfth-century China as reflected in the Yingzao Fashi”, in T’oung Pao: International Journal of Chinese Studies (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publisher) v. 93-4/5 (2007): 369-432.
  • The Song-Dynasty Imperial Yingzao Fashi (Building Standards, 1103) and Chinese Architectural Literature: Historical Tradition, Cultural Connotations and Architectural Conceptualization (Brown University, 2006, UMI ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database no. 3227827).

Edited Book: (member of the editorial committee invited by the press)

  • Jianzhu lilun lishi wenku 建築理論歷史文庫 (A grand collection of writings onarchitectural theories and histories), v. 1. Jianzhu lilun lishi wenku Editorial Committee ed. Zhongguo jianzhu gongye chubanshe (China Architectural Industry Press), May 2010 (ISBN: 9787112109975).

Translations

  • “Notes on visits to the Hōryūji Temple in Nara, Japan” (Su Bai) (translated with additional footnotes), in the Journal of East Asian Archaeology, v. 3, issue 1/2 (2001): 333-347. Leiden: Brill Academic Publisher. (invited by the journal)

Chinese Publications:

  • “The art of ancient Chinese architecture” 中國古建築藝術, in Zhonghua wenhua jiangzuo congshu 中華文化講座叢書 (Lectures on Chinese Culture) (Beijing: Peking University Press, 1996), v.2: 99-105.
  • “The art of ancient Chinese architecture” 中國古建築藝術, in Shenzhou xueren 神州學人 (China Scholars Abroad) (Beijing: China Educational Newspapers and Periodicals Press, 1999), no.7: 25-26.
  • “Archaeological dating of wood-framed Chinese architecture” 中國古代木構建築的考古學斷代, in Wenwu 文物 (Cultural Relics) 10 (Oct. 1995): 43-68. Beijing: Cultural Relics Press.
  • “An analysis of the architectural components of the Northern Song imperial mausoleums” 北宋皇陵建築構成分析, in Kaoguxue yanjiu 考古學研究 (A Collection of Studies on Archaeology) 2 (Beijing: Peking University Press, 1994), pp. 230-243.
  • “The all-round influence of geomancy on imperial mausoleums of the Northern Song dynasty” 論陰陽勘輿對北宋皇陵的全面影響, in Wenwu 文物 8 (Aug. 1994): 55-68.
  • “Analysis and reconstruction of the grotto eaves recorded in the Dunhuang document collected by Kyūshū University in Japan” 日本九州大學藏敦煌文書所記窟檐的分析與復原, in Wenwu 文物 12 (Dec. 1993): 54-68.
  • “Reconstruction of the sacrificial hall in the imperial Song mausoleums at Gongxian” 鞏縣宋陵獻殿的復原構想, in Wenwu 文物 6 (Jun. 1992): 63-71.
  • “The realistic and romantic characteristics of the landscape setting formed by the buildings of the Buddhist monasteries in Wutai Mountain” 五台山寺院建築造境的現實主義、浪漫主義特徵, in Zhonghua gujianzhu 中華古建築 (China Ancient Architecture), 1990, pp. 19-28. Beijing: China Science and Technology Press.

Recent Presentations

  • “The quest for imperial Song (960-1279) architecture: Material record,texts and pictorial evidence”, The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Pasadena, California, April 1-5, 2009.
  • “Constructed architectural knowledge as professionals and literati’s ideal: The so-called 100-year impact of the Mujing (Classic of Timberwork) upon Chinese building practice”,The 2008 Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Lisbon, Portugal, Oct. 11-14, 2008.
  • “The Classic of Timberwork (Mujing) and its so-called 100-year impact upon Northern Song building practice: What did it mean to Song craftsmen and literati?”, The 17th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS): “China Centre Stage”, Lund University, Sweden, Aug. 6-10, 2008.
  • “Constructed architectural knowledge as professionals and literati’s ideal: The case of the tenth-century Classic of Timberwork (Mujing)”, The 12th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia (ICHSEA), Johns Hopkins University, USA, July 14-18, 2008.
  • “Interplaying forces? Scholars, craftsmen and architectural knowledge in premodern China”, and “Zones, Spaces, Structures and Shadows: Architectural and Visual Approaches to China”, The 60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Atlanta, GA, USA, April 3-6, 2008.
  • “Culture and Identity” and “Scholars, craftsmen and architectural knowledge in pre-modern China”, The 17th New Zealand Asian Studies Society (NZASS) International Conference 2007, University of Otago, New Zealand, Nov. 22-25, 2007.
  • “Mutually Inspired: Arts and Philosophy during the Song and Ming Dynasties” and “The interplay of literature, arts and craftsmanship in Song (960-1279) China: Several cases of the Yingzao fashi (Building Standards, 1103)”, New England Association for Asian Studies (NEAAS) Annual Conference, University of New Hampshire, USA, Oct. 6, 2007.
  • “Interplaying forces? Scholars, craftsmen and architectural knowledge”, International Workshop “From Invention to Innovation: The Transmission of Practical Knowledge”, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, July 9-13, 2007.
  • “Bracketing likened to flowers, sprays, and foliage: Architectural metaphors and conceptualization in 10th to 12th century China as reflected in the Yingzao fashi (Building Standards, 1103)”, The 57th Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Providence, RI, USA, April 14-18, 2004.
  • “Reconstruction and analysis of the grotto wood-eaves recorded in the Dunhuang document collected by Kyūshū University in Japan”, The “Chinese Archaeology Enters the 21st Century” International Conference, Peking University, China, June 1993.

Fellowships & Honors

  • Nominee of Teaching Excellence Award, Univ. of Hawaii at Hilo, 2011.
  • Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians, (SAH) (April 2009, 62nd Annual Meeting)
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship, Center for the Art of East Asia, Dept. of Art History, University of Chicago (2008-2009, declined)
  • Travel Scholarship, Organizing Committee for the Biennial Conference of European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS) in Lund, Sweden (Aug. 2008)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (2006-2008)
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Brown University (2003-2004)
  • Art History Travel Fellowship, Samuel H. Kress Foundation (2001-2002)
  • Joukowsky Summer Research Fellowship, Brown University (2000), University Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (1995-1996)
  • One of eight specialists in Chinese architecture appointed by the Chinese
  • Committee of UNESCO and the State Cultural Relics Bureau of China, January 1994 (for the International Seminar on Planning and Management of Architectural Conservation, Yixian, Hebei).
  • Prominent Achievement in Lecturing on the Chinese Culture Seminar (Peking University, Research Center of Chinese Traditional Culture and the Audio-and-Video Tapes Publication House; March 1994).
  • First Prize in the Beijing City’s Appraisal of Excellent Video Teaching Materials (Society of Beijing Colleges and Universities Audio-Visual-Aided Education; Jan. 1994).
  • Excellent Academic Achievement of Young Scholars of Peking University (1991).