Dr Stephen Whiteman

AB (Brown), MA (Stanford), PhD (Stanford)

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 7648

Biographical details

Stephen Whiteman holds degrees in art history and East Asian Studies from Brown University, where he earned his AB, and Stanford University, from which he received his MA and PhD. Before joining the faculty at The University of Sydney, Stephen taught art and architectural history of Asia at the University of Pennsylvania, Middlebury College and the University of Colorado. He has been a research fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, and was most recently the A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, also in Washington. His research has also received support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts and the Chiang-ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

His current research focuses on the visual culture and built environment of the Qing imperial court during the early 18th century, with a particular interest in the role of gardens and landscape in imperial discourse. Stephen's teaching, which ranges from surveys of Chinese art and East Asian architecture to the diverse artistic production of modern and contemporary Asia, emphasises close engagement with objects, including frequent visits to exhibitions and museum storage, as well as exhibition and research-based courses.

Research interests

  • Qing court art and architecture
  • Gardens and landscape history in China
  • Print and book history
  • Photographic histories of East Asia
  • Art and authority across in the early modern world
  • Comparative early modern studies
  • Intermateriality and artistic translation
  • The historiography of East Asian art
  • Connoisseurship and object-oriented analysis

Teaching and supervision

ARHT 2646: Art & Visual Culture of East Asia

I welcome students in Asian art history, with particular interest in supervising research on early modern and modern Asia, Asia in global and regional art histories, histories of gardens, architecture and landscape, and painting and print culture, among other fields.

Current projects

  • Constructing Kangxi: Landscape, Image and Imperial Identity in Qing China (Monograph manuscript, in progress).
  • Mobilizing Landscape: Articulating Ideology in the Early Modern World (Anthology manuscript, in progress).
  • “‘Orthodoxy’ in Three Keys: Wang Yuanqi and the Problematics of Landscape in Early Qing Court Painting.” (Article manuscript, in progress)

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Modern Southeast Asian Art; Ledbury A, Whiteman S, Vickers A; Getty Foundation (USA)/Research Support.
  • Digital Approaches to the Study of Early Modern Culture; Whiteman S, Wellington R; University of Sydney/Power Institute.
  • Kress Summer Institute in Digital Mapping & Art History Fellowship; Whiteman S; Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Kress Summer Institute in Digital Mapping Art History Fellowship.
  • Mnemonic Landscapes: Negotiating the Qing Imperial Past in Jehol, 1735—Present; Whiteman S; University of Sydney/ARC Assistance Scheme.
  • Research Support Scheme; Whiteman S; University of Sydney/Research Support.
  • Digital Approaches to the Study of Early Modern Culture; Wellington R, Whiteman S; Australian National University/External Visitor Funding Scheme.

2013

  • SAHARA Travel Fellowship; Whiteman S; Society of Architectural Historians/SAHARA Travel Fellowship.

2012

  • Faculty Research Assistance Fund; Whiteman S; Middlebury College/Faculty Research Assistance Fund.
  • A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship; Whiteman S; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art/A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2011

  • Mellon Foundation Grant for Primary Languages in the Curriculum; Whiteman S, Handler-Spitz R; Middlebury College/Mellon Foundation Grant for Primary Languages in the Curriculum.
  • Undergraduate Collaborative Research Fund to hire undergrads to assist staff with research; Whiteman S; Middlebury College/Undergraduate Collaborative Research Fund to hire undergrads to assist staff with research.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Whiteman, S., Strassberg, R. (2016). Thirty-six Views: The Kangxi Emperor's Mountain Estate in Poetry and Prints. Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Whiteman, S. (2013). Kangxi's Auspicious Empire: Rhetorics of Geographic Integration in the Early Qing. In Jeffrey Kyong-McClain and Du Yongtao (Eds.), Chinese History in Geographical Perspective, (pp. 33-54). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Journals

  • Jaskot, P., Knowles, A., Wasserman, A., Whiteman, S., Zweig, B. (2015). A Research-Based Model for Digital Mapping and Art History: Notes from the Field. Artl@s Bulletin, 4(1), 65-74. [More Information]
  • Whiteman, S. (2014). Digital Mapping and Art History: A Review of the Kress Summer Institute. Ars Orientalis, 44.
  • Whiteman, S. (2013). From Upper Camp to Mountain Estate: Recovering Historical Narratives in Qing Imperial Landscapes. Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, 33(4), 249-279. [More Information]

Exhibitions / Events

  • Whiteman, S. (2012). Shapes in Time: Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy in the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT, United States of America: Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT. [More Information]
  • Whiteman, S. (2006). Japanese Art from the Colorado Collection of Kimiko and John Powers. [Curatorial Assistant]. Denver, United States of America: Denver Art Museum. [More Information]
  • Whiteman, S. (2000). Paths of Reflection: Interpreting the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden. Staten Island, United States of America: New York Chinese Scholar's Garden.
  • Whiteman, S. (1996). Chinese Ceramics from the Museum's Collection. [Contributor]. Providence, RI, United States of America: Rhode Island School of Design Museum.

Other

  • Whiteman, S. (2013), Qing Architecture Beyond the Great Wall: Imperial Parks and Temples of Chengde. [More Information]
  • Whiteman, S. (2013), Review of "'40 Views of the Yuanming yuan': Image and Ideology in a Qianlong Imperial Album of Poetry and Painting," by John R. Finlay. [More Information]
  • Whiteman, S. (2004), On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West [Contributor].

2016

  • Whiteman, S., Strassberg, R. (2016). Thirty-six Views: The Kangxi Emperor's Mountain Estate in Poetry and Prints. Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. [More Information]

2015

  • Jaskot, P., Knowles, A., Wasserman, A., Whiteman, S., Zweig, B. (2015). A Research-Based Model for Digital Mapping and Art History: Notes from the Field. Artl@s Bulletin, 4(1), 65-74. [More Information]

2014

  • Whiteman, S. (2014). Digital Mapping and Art History: A Review of the Kress Summer Institute. Ars Orientalis, 44.

2013

  • Whiteman, S. (2013). From Upper Camp to Mountain Estate: Recovering Historical Narratives in Qing Imperial Landscapes. Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, 33(4), 249-279. [More Information]
  • Whiteman, S. (2013). Kangxi's Auspicious Empire: Rhetorics of Geographic Integration in the Early Qing. In Jeffrey Kyong-McClain and Du Yongtao (Eds.), Chinese History in Geographical Perspective, (pp. 33-54). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Whiteman, S. (2013), Qing Architecture Beyond the Great Wall: Imperial Parks and Temples of Chengde. [More Information]
  • Whiteman, S. (2013), Review of "'40 Views of the Yuanming yuan': Image and Ideology in a Qianlong Imperial Album of Poetry and Painting," by John R. Finlay. [More Information]

2012

  • Whiteman, S. (2012). Shapes in Time: Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy in the Middlebury College Museum of Art. Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT, United States of America: Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT. [More Information]

2006

  • Whiteman, S. (2006). Japanese Art from the Colorado Collection of Kimiko and John Powers. [Curatorial Assistant]. Denver, United States of America: Denver Art Museum. [More Information]

2004

  • Whiteman, S. (2004), On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West [Contributor].

2000

  • Whiteman, S. (2000). Paths of Reflection: Interpreting the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden. Staten Island, United States of America: New York Chinese Scholar's Garden.

1996

  • Whiteman, S. (1996). Chinese Ceramics from the Museum's Collection. [Contributor]. Providence, RI, United States of America: Rhode Island School of Design Museum.

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