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Dr Lianming Wang is currently Visiting Professor at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and holds a Balzan/FRIAS Junior Fellowship in Global Environmental History (2021-22) at Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Previously, he has taught the history of East Asian art and architecture at the University of Würzburg (Lecturer, 2009-11) and Heidelberg University (Assistant Professor, 2014-21). He has held an Art Histories Fellow (2018/19) in the research group “Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices” at the Berlin-based Forum Transregional Studies (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz). His areas of research include global encounters of arts and culture in early modernity and the artistic practices and materiality associated with trans-territorial animals.

Wang is the author of Jesuitenerbe in Peking: Sakralbauten und transkulturelle Räume 1600-1800 (2020), and has organized workshops and conferences related to Sino-European exchanges, including The Jesuit Legacies: Images, Visuality, and Cosmopolitanism in Qing China (chief organizer, 2015), Reframing Chinese Objects: Practices of Collecting and Displaying in Europe and the Islamic World, 1400-1800 (co-organizer, 2018), and Before the Silk Road: Eurasian Interactions in the First Millennium BC (chief-organizer, 2019). Wang is the recipient of the Klaus Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prize (2018) and the Academy Prize (2021) of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

His recent booktitledJesuitenerbe in Peking. Sakralbauten und transkulturelle Räume, 1600–1800”, considers the material legacy of the Jesuit mission outside Europe, and contributes to the current debate on global art history.