Dr. Catherine Stuer studies premodern to early 20th century Chinese visual and material culture, and teaches Asian, Chinese, and Japanese art history and visual culture. She holds a B.A. in Chinese Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven, an M.A. in Chinese Art History from the National Taiwan University, and a Ph.D. in Chinese Art History from The University of Chicago. Dr. Stuer’s current courses include Asian Art and Visual Culture (AHVC/EAST131), Art of China (AHVC/EAST232), Art of Japan (AHVC/EAST231), Art and Revolution in China (AHVC333/EAST345) and Spatial Imagination in East Asia (AHVC/EAST/ENVS263). These courses are all cross-listed with East Asian Studies, and the last is cross-listed with Environmental Studies. Her courses invite students to explore how art takes on social, political, religious, and aesthetic agency, how art-historical narratives connect to practices of collection and display, and how visual and material media express and condition the imagination, production and experience of space and place. 

Dr. Stuer’s current research focuses on the representation of urban landscapes in maps, paintings and printed images, early 20th century photography of memory sites and cultural heritage, and 19th century pictorial life narratives in printed books. Her work engages critical approaches to spatial and environmental production, memory and heritage discourse, intermedia relations and the intersections of landscape and self-representation. Dr. Stuer is a Visiting Scholar at the “Local Gazetteers Workshop”, Dep III, Artefacts, Action and Knowledge at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in July 2017, and received a Henry Luce Foundation/American Council for Learned Societies Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship from September 2017 through July 2018. 

B.A., Catholic University of Leuven; M.A., National Taiwan University; Ph.D., University of Chicago