Yusen Yu


James Legge Memorial Junior Research Fellow in Comparative Aesthetics and Art History, Corpus Christi College, Oxford  

Faculty / College Address:

Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
Merton St, Oxford OX1 4JF, UK




I was awarded my PhD in Asian art from Heidelberg University, Germany in October 2019. Before that, I completed my BA in history at Sun Yat-Sen University, China, and my MA in Islamic art and architecture at SOAS, London. I was also a visiting student of Persian language and Iranian studies at the University of Tehran, Iran. 

Research and Teaching:

My areas of research span the fields of Asian and Islamic art history and aesthetics. My current projects examine how Chinese objects (painting, paper, porcelain etc.) were collected, reused, and perceived in pre-modern Islamic courts.  

I am also interested the history of science, technology, and material culture, with a focus on its trans-Asian and global dimensions.

Selected Publications:

  • 波斯和中国:帖木儿及其后 [Persia and China: from the Age of Timur Onward] (Beijing: Commercial Press, 2015) (in Chinese).
  • ‘Representing Ming China in Fifteenth-Century Persianate Painting’, Ming Studies, 78 (2018), pp. 57-73.
  • ‘帖木儿宫廷如何收藏中国瓷器 [How did the Timurid Court Collect Chinese Porcelain]’, 故宫文物月刊 [The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art], 8 (2017), pp. 66-73 (in Chinese).
  • ‘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.