Assistant Professor, Art History
Aurelia Campbell’s research focuses on the material culture of China during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing periods (1279-1911). Her current book project, Architecture and Empire in the Reign of Yongle, 1402-1424, investigates a far-flung network of sites constructed under the Yongle emperor of the Ming dynasty, including the Forbidden City in Beijing, a Daoist temple complex on Mount Wudang in central China, and a Buddhist monastery at the Sino-Tibetan frontier. The book examines these built environments from three different angles: the process of creating them, the architectural style they embody, and their historical afterlives. It argues that architectural patronage helped draw the emperor and his empire more closely together and ultimately played a much greater role in the formation of his imperial identity than previous scholarship acknowledges. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (summer seminar on Buddhist texts), the Asian Cultural Council (Art and Religion Fellow), and the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, among others. She is on a leave during the 2016-2017 academic year as visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany.
Architecture and Empire in the Reign of Yongle, 1402-1424, in progress
“Tibetan Architecture in Mongol China,” in progress
“A Fifteenth Century Sino-Tibetan Buddha Hall at the Lu Family Tusi.” Archives of Asian Art 65, 1 (2015): 87-115.
“The Form and Function of Western Han Dynasty Ticou Tombs.” Artibus Asiae 70, 2 (2010): 227-258.
“The Influence of the Cult of the Bodhisattva Guanyin on Tenth-Century Chinese Monasteries.” Sino-Platonic Papers 182 (2009): 83-117.
“Ming Architecture in Beijing.” In The Ming World, edited by Kenneth Swope. New York: Routledge Press, in progress
“Chapter 21: Architecture of the Early Ming Court: A Preliminary Look.” In Ming China: Courts and Contacts, 1400-1450, edited by Craig Clunas, Jessica Harrison-Hall, and Yu-ping Luk, 189-196. London: The British Museum Press, 2016.
Jeehee Hong, Theater of the Dead: A Social Turn in Chinese Funerary Art, 1000-1400. In Journal of Chinese Religions, forthcoming
Craig Clunas, Empire of Great Brightness: Visual and Material Cultures of Ming China. In TheJournal of Ming Studies 72 (2015): 75-79.
Wen-shing Chou, The Visionary Landscape of Wutai Shan in Tibetan Buddhism from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century. In Inner Asian Dissertation Reviews (January, 2013).
Wu Hung, The Art of the Yellow Springs: Understanding Chinese Tombs. In The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 71, 4 (December, 2012): 564-565.