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 in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in Chinese art history. For his dissertation, Henning focuses on how the early Qing landscape paintings evoked locally situated memories of family, history, and culture that helped to shape self- and collective identities of the conquest generation.

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 an M.A. in East Asian Art from the University of Manchester (UK). Before joining UCSB's Ph.D. program, Henning studied Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei and, with the support of the German Academic Exchange Service, at Peking University in Beijing. For the academic year 2021-2022, Henning is the recipient of a Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a visiting scholar at the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica, Taipei.