UWTSD to host European Association of Chinese Studies Summer School in Lampeter


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to be hosting the Summer School of the European Association of Chinese Studies in Lampeter this September. The Summer School is called ‘Hidden in Plain Sight: Materiality, Meaning and Accessibility of Chinese objects in local collections,’ and will be welcoming a series of guest lecturers who will be presenting their research and conducting workshops. It begins on 4th September and will last all week.

Associate Professor Thomas Jansen teaching

The lectures and workshops aim to introduce 20-odd international research students to the issues, both theoretical and practical, involved in researching, curating and exhibiting Chinese objects from (small) museums or private collections in the UK. External speakers include:

  • Dr Louise Tythacott, Pratapaditya Pal Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology of Asian Art, SOAS
  • Anne Gerritsen (Leiden), Professor of Asia-Europe Intercultural Dynamics
  • Dr Stacey Pierson (SOAS), Senior Lecturer in Chinese Ceramics
  • Helen Wang, Curator of East Asian Money Coins and banknotes of East Asia, British Museum
  • Marie Woods, Heritage Educator and Consultant at Heritage Adventures Ltd, Scarborough

The Summer School has been organised by Associate Professor Thomas Jansen, who is the Director of the University’s Confucius Institute and lectures in Chinese Studies at UWTSD. He said: “We are very fortunate to have been able to invite—with the generous financial help of the Confucius Institute and the European Association for Chinese Studies—a number of internationally renowned experts who will deliver lectures and hands-on workshops to an international group of students. The event reinforces Lampeter’s leading position as a centre for teaching and research in Heritage Studies.”



The Confucius Institute is part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and offers Chinese language and culture courses and workshops in Welsh schools, universities and the community. It offers a range of Chinese language courses for different purposes, from Chinese courses for travel and leisure, to more intensive (fast-track) courses. It was also instrumental in opening a new Chinese school on the university’s Townhill campus in September 2016 that provides children from the Swansea Chinese community with Mandarin language lessons and Chinese cultural activities.

The university also offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Chinese Studies, Chinese Civilisation, and Confucian Classical Studies. Associate Professor Jansen said: “Wales is home to an amazing array of Chinese art objects and artefacts in museums and other collections, such as the Wrexham Eisteddfod Chair of 1933 that was made in Shanghai. In order to raise awareness of this cultural treasure and to better understand an important part of Wales’ cultural heritage, this workshop aims to introduce participants to the issues, both theoretical and practical, involved in researching, curating and displaying Chinese objects for different audiences.”

The Summer School has previously been held in Moscow, Venice and St. Petersburg and is expecting researchers and students from universities all over Europe, including the University of Amsterdam, Goethe University Frankfurt, and the University of Ljubljana.


Further Information

For further information, please email: press@uwtsd.ac.uk