Jeehee Hong

Associate Professor
Gretta Chambers Chair in East Asian Art History

On leave Winter 2017

Jeehee Hong is a specialist in the ritual art and visual cultures of middle-period China (ninth to fourteenth century CE). Her first book, Theater of the Dead: A Social Turn in Chinese Funerary Art, 1000–1400 (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016), explores complex intersections of the visual, mortuary, and everyday worlds, and demonstrates a new phase in the conception of the netherworld and the practice of ancestral worship in China at the beginning of the second millennium. She is currently working on two main topics; the first project investigates the ontological understanding of borders and boundaries in the ritual art of China before the late imperial times; the second project engages the question of how traditional Chinese negotiated the complexity of emotions in the visual arts. Her research questions bring together various mediums and formal categories of art, often inspired by cross-cultural phenomena in the visual world.


Selected Publications


Theater of the Dead: A Social Turn in Chinese Funerary Art, 1000-1400 (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016)


"Crafting Boundaries of the Unseeable World: Dialectics of Space in Bhagavat Sutra Repository,” Art History, vol. 40, issue 1 (2017).

“Unwritten Life (and Death) of a “Pharmacist” in Song China: Decoding Hancheng Tomb Murals,” Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie, vol. 24 (2015). Co-authored with TJ Hinrichs.

“Mechanism of Life for the Netherworld: Transformations of Mingqi in Middle-Period China,” Journal of Chinese Religions, vol. 43, no. 2 (2015).

“Changing Roles of the Tomb Portrait: Burial Practices and Ancestral Worship of Non-Literati Elite in North China (1000-1400),” Journal of Song-Yuan Studies, vol. 44 (2014)

“ 'Hengzai' zhong de zangyi: Song Yuan shiqi zhongyuan muzang de yili shijian”. (Funeral in the Permanent Present: Ritual Time in Middle-Period Tombs of North China) In Wu Hung, Zhu Qingsheng, and Zheng Yan eds., Gudai muzang meishu yanjiu (Studies on tomb art in traditional China), vol. 3 (Changsha: Hunanmeishu chubanshe, 2015)

Exorcism from the Streets to the Tomb: An Image of the Judge and Minions in the Xuanhua Liao Tomb No. 7,Archives of Asian Art, vol. 63, no. 1 (2013)

“Virtual Theater of the Dead: Actor Figurines and Their Stage in Houma Tomb No.1, Shanxi Province,” Artibus Asiae, vol. 71, no. 1, (2011)

“Theatricalizing Death and Society in The Skeletons’ Illusory Performance by Li Song,” The Art Bulletin, vol. 93, no. 1 (March 2011)