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Shichun Lei

Postgraduate Associate

Department: Arts

Shichun (Steven) holds two master’s degrees in History of Archaeology and Art of East Asia from SOAS, University of London, and Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology at Oxford University. His scholastic training encompasses a variety of areas, including museum anthropology, history of Chinese and Western art, and China’s diasporic objects of the Qing Dynasty.

Steven joined Northumbria University in 2021 as the Senior Research Assistant for the International Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms. Prior to this Steven was the Research Assistant for the Summer Palace Project at SOAS, University of London, between 2018-2019. 

Shichun Lei

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I am particularly interested in the artistic and cultural development of Nanzhao and Dali’s Buddhist culture, especially the forces that influenced these cultures and how these Kingdoms in turn influenced neighbouring civilisations.

The Yunnanese Buddhist sculptures possess some unique characteristics, and the Research Center houses some significant Buddhist sculptures and objects of the Nanzhao&Dali kingdoms. Thus, I am intended to utilise these objects to analyse the artistic development and the iconography of the Yunnanese Buddhism. More importantly, due to many of the sculptures have never been unraveled to the audience, they can definitely offer some original evidence to shed some lights for the academia on the development of Nanzhao&Dalis Buddhist culture.  

Further Information

The International Research Centre for the History and Culture of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms:

www.northumbria.ac.uk/NanzhaoDali

Steven is also a member of the Visual and Material Cultures research group:

https://research.northumbria.ac.uk/VisualMaterialCultures/

Qualifications

  • anthropology MSc November 01 2019
  • History of Art MA (Hons) November 01 2017
  • History of Art BA July 07 2016


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