Keynote speakers

Stacey Pierson, SOAS

Keynote title: ‘Fragments of China: Destruction, Location and the Collecting of Chinese Architectural Remains in 19th century Britain’

Dr Stacey Pierson is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Ceramics in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology in the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research over the last 5 years has focused on the history of Chinese art collecting in Britain. This subject was also part of a wider research enquiry into the history and impact of an art collecting group that was active in Britain from 1866-1950, resulting in a recently published monograph that examined the membership of the group from the perspective of their collecting interests and strategies as well as their exhibitionary activities. She is currently developing a study of a single collector of Chinese art from the late nineteenth century whose network included the Pre-Raphaelite circle as well as the Quaker community in Britain: William Cleverly Alexander. His Chinese objects can be seen in several museum collections in Britain today. She has published widely on the subject of Chinese collections and her book Private Collecting, Exhibitions and the Shaping of Art History in London: the Burlington Fine Arts Club was published in 2017 by Routledge.

Ya Ping Wang, University of Glasgow

Keynote title: ‘China’s Urban Transformation: A Confucianism Perspective’

Professor Ya Ping Wang is Chair in Global City Futures at University of Glasgow and a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). He is also Director for the newly established GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods. Ya Ping was Head of Subject for Urban Studies from 2013 to 2015. Before moving to Glasgow, he was Professor in Urban Studies at Heriot-Watt University.

Ya Ping’s research focusses on housing, urban development and rural to urban migration in China which has been supported by several prestigious research bodies including ESRC, DFID, British Academy, British Council, Leverhulme Trust, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He is the author of Urban Poverty, Housing and Social Change in China published by Routledge in 2004 and, alongside his colleagues, he co-authored Planning and Housing in the Rapidly Urbanising World (Routledge, 2007), as well as Housing Policy and Practice in China (Macmillan, 1999).

He currently leads on two ESRC collaborative research projects: ‘The Remaking of Chinese Urban Neighbourhoods: socio-spatial transformation and access to public services’, co-funded by China’s NSFC in collaboration with Nankai University, and ‘Urban Development, Migration, Segregation and Inequality’, which is also co-funded by the China Academy of Social Sciences and is a collaboration between the University of Glasgow, University of Sheffield and Institute of Urban Development and Environmental Studies of CASS. In addition to these projects, Ya Ping is leading on a new Research Councils UK Global Challenges Research Fund project to which China is one of the eight international partners, entitled GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods.  The Centre will strengthen research capacity among urban researchers, government officials and policy makers in developing countries and the UK, and conduct comparative studies of urbanisation and urban neighbourhoods to address the challenges caused by large-scale rural to urban migration.