Dr Yusen Yu

  • Global and Comparative History
  • Material and Visual Culture
  • History of Technology and Science


My current research projects examine objects and its many receptions, especially when it crossed cultural borders: the collecting, viewing, and reuse. Among them, I am developing my book manuscript Ways of Viewing: Persianate Reception of Chinese Scroll Painting (15th to 16th Centuries), which examines how Chinese painted scrolls were reused and perceived as cultural objects in the pre-modern Islamic world.


‘Representing Ming China in Fifteenth-Century Persianate Painting,” Ming Studies special issue “Asian Visual Culture,” 78 (2018), pp. 57-73

‘Buddhist and Daoist Paintings in Persianate Courts of the Fourteenth to Fifteenth Centuries,” in Marco Polo and the Silk Road (10th to 14th Centuries), ed. Rong Xinjiang and Dang Baohai (Beijing: Peking University Press, 2018), pp

‘Timurid Jade-objects in European Collections: Some Preliminary Observations,’ International Journal of Eurasian Studies, 6 (2017), 82-95

“How did the Timurid Court Collect Chinese Porcelain,” The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art, v. 8, 2017, 66-73

“From the Picture Gallery of China: A Glimpse into the Persianate Collecting of Chinese Religious Painting in the Late 14th to 15th Centuries”, Aziatische Kunst: Uitgave van de Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst, 47/2 (2017), pp. 13-20

“The Arab Empire in Chinese Sources from the 8th Century to the 10th Century”, in Arabia, Greece and Byzantium: Cultural Contacts in Ancient and Medieval Times, ed. Abdulaziz Al-Helabi, Dimitrios G. Letsios, Moshalleh Al-Moraekhi and Abdullah Al-Abduljabbar (Riyadh: King Saud University, 2012), pp. 311-320


I currently teach:  

Technology and Culture in Global Context, 1000-1700