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Notice of UASR Virtual Summer Courses 2021—Traditional Chinese Culture
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Offered by the School of Humanities and Social Science, Xi’an Jiaotong University, the course gives a glimpse into traditional essence and beauty of Chinese Culture,  in which three lectures are incorporated. UASR Summer Courses primarily focus on Traditional Chinese Art.

【Joining Instruction】

All participants need to register by 18:00 of July 14, 2021(Beiing time). Those who register before the class open will obtain the link for the live stream. The registration link is https://www.wjx.cn/vm/Ybskwps.aspx , or scan the following QR code: 

【Kindly Reminders】

· The course will be a live course streamed on July 15 and 16, 2021, before the overall Summer Courses begin. Please take note of the schedule. 

· The course will be taught in Chinese, with no English subtitle.

· Application for certificate is available after finishing all lectures of learning.

· If you have any problems or suggestions, please feel free to contact us via uasr@xjtu.edu.cn 

【Course Information】

Lecture 1: The Chinese Aesthetic Spirit

Duration: 8:30-10:30 a.m July 15, 2021 (Beijing time)



Li Li, Professor of Xi 'an Jiaotong University, Doctor of Peking University, Research Directions: Chinese and Western Art History, Aesthetic Theory, Visual Literacy and Media Literacy, Western Literary Theory. Major publications include: Introduction to Art, Introduction to Visual Literacy, Practical research of Shaanxi cultural industry, Chinese and Foreign Art History, Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, etc.


The lecture tries to describe the basic characteristics of the Chinese aesthetic spirit from four aspects. Firstly, based on the fundamental concept of Chinese philosophical notion of "integration of Man and Nature", the Chinese aesthetic idea involves the universal perceptual creative sense and the sense of universe life; secondly, the high unification of the true, the good and the beautiful is the core content of Chinese aesthetics; thirdly, the rational and emotional dynamic harmony is the essence of Chinese aesthetics; fourthly, the image beyond the imitation of reality and seeking for artistic conception are the artistic symptoms of the Chinese aesthetic spirit. The lecture aims to help students understand the basic characteristics of the Chinese aesthetic spirit from the historical origins of the development of Chinese aesthetics.

Lecture 2: The Spirit of Chinese Traditional Painting

Duration: 14:30-16:30 p.m July 15, 2021 (Beijing time)



Professor Zhou Liming, Doctor, Doctoral Supervisor from Department of Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science, Xi’an Jiaotong University;

Chairman of the IBAIA Chinese Painting Association;

Review expert of the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation;

Review expert of the Ministry of Education humanities and social sciences research projects;

Visiting scholar of Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Università degli Studi di Firenze, and the Academy of the Arts of Drawing.


Xi’an Jiaotong University is a leading member in aesthetic education. Chinese painting has witnessed vast glamorous artists along history. This lecture aims at the internal relationship between traditional Chinese painting and Chinese philosophy, the unique charm of Chinese painting in perspective of the art world. The argument is that Chinese painting, through I-Ching concepts, Xiang (or approximation), I (or changing), and Tao (or Yin and Yang), has made significant strides under many key themes and principles in Tao and Qi (or relations between metaphysics and physics), Yin and Yang, human and nature, and the spirit.

Lecture 3: Approaching Chinese Calligraphy

Duration: 14:30-16:30 p.m July 19, 2021 (Beijing time)



Wang Jin, associate professor of Chinese Calligraphy Department, School of Humanities and Social Science, Xi'an Jiaotong University.

research fields: calligraphy creation, calligraphy history theory.

His works were exhibited in the Tenth National Calligraphy and Seal Cutting Exhibition, the First National Cursive Calligraphy Exhibition, the Second National Cursive Calligraphy Exhibition, and the Third National Cursive Calligraphy Exhibition. He has Published more than 20 academic papers.


This lecture discusses Chinese calligraphy in the context of the excellent Chinese traditional culture and is divided into three parts: the first one is to explore what is calligraphy from three aspects: what is written in calligraphy, what to write, and what requirements need to be met; the second is to explore the traditional cultural concepts and aesthetic concepts contained in the brushwork, knots, and composition of calligraphy; the third is to explore the emotional expression and human cultivation in calligraphy.

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