Henning von Mirbach

Henning von Mirbach
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Chinese painting and calligraphy, East Asian art
Faculty Advisor: Peter Sturman
Committee Members: Heather Badamo, Xiaorong Li (East Asian Cultures & Literature, UCSB), Hui-Shu Lee (Art History, UCLA), Lothar von Falkenhausen (Archaeology and Art History, UCLA)
Dissertation: "Landscapes of Memory: Fa Ruozhen (1613-1696) and the Making of Conquest Identities in Early Qing China"
M.A. Thesis: "The reformulation of the literati approach in early modern China: colour in the work of Wang Hui (1632-1717) and Wang Yuanqi (1642-1715)" (The University of Manchester, completed 2014)


Henning von Mirbach is a Ph.D. Candidate at University of California, Santa Barbara, where he specialises in Chinese art history. For his dissertation, Henning is working on how early Qing dynasty (1644-1911) landscape paintings evoked locally situated memories. Focusing on the understudied Fa Ruozhen (1613-1696) but also including a number of other early Qing painters, he studies how these memories allowed to formulate self- and collective identities of men who had gone through the traumatic experience of dynastic change and conquest by the Manchus. In addition, he is interested in questions of cross-national relationships and receptions of paintings and woodblock prints in Korea and Japan.

After earning a master degree in law from the University of Paris (France) and passing the state examination in law at the University of Potsdam (Germany), Henning obtained another M.A. in East Asian art from the University of Manchester. Before joining UCSB’s PhD program, Henning studied Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei and continued his studies as a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service and the Chinese Scholarship Council at Peking University in Beijing. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica, Taipei.