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Dr Anna Grasskamp

Assistant Professor
Academy of Visual Arts

Dr Anna Grasskamp



Dr Anna Grasskamp (PhD, Leiden University) is the author of Objects in Frames: Displaying Foreign Collectibles in Early Modern China and Europe and co-editor of EurAsian Matters: China, Europe and the Transcultural Object, 1600-1800. Her contributions to numerous edited volumes and academic journals have appeared in English, Chinese, Japanese and German. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal for the History of Knowledge, member of the editorial review board of the book series Global Epistemics, and subject editor at the online review journal KUNSTFORM/SEHEPUNKTE. Before joining the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence, “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, at Heidelberg University. 


Dr Grasskamp’s PhD dissertation Cultivated Curiosities: A Comparative Study of Chinese Artifacts in European Kunstkammern and European Objects in Chinese Elite Collections (Leiden University, 2013) received a short-list nomination for the Jan van Gelderprijs 2014. Her research has been supported by project grants, residencies and visiting fellowships from institutions that include the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong; the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation for the advancement of teaching and research in the archaeology, art and material culture of China at Leiden University; the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; the Munich Centre for Global History at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich; Kunstbibliothek at Staatliche Museen Berlin; Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel; and the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden University.


Dr Grasskamp’s work focuses on artistic exchanges between Asia and Europe in visual and material culture. While her previous research investigated transcultural framing strategies, her current interest lies in the study of maritime material culture in a global context.

She is Principal Investigator of the Research Grants Council-funded project Ocean Objects: Maritime Material Culture in Southern China from a Global Perspective (GRF 12603017).



  • Fellowship, Munich Centre for Global History, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • Fellowship, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Kunstbibliothek
  • Fellowship, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
  • Fellowship, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University
  • Visiting post-doctoral fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin


Research Outputs

  • Grasskamp, Anna. “The Matter of Cultural Exchange: China, Europe, and Early Modern Material Connections.” Cambridge Handbook of Material Culture Studies, Eds. Lu Ann De Cunzo, Catharine Dann Roeber. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020.
  • Grasskamp, Anna, Lee Wing Ki, Wong Suk Mei. “Euro-American Artefacts as Asian Heritage: Lantern Slides of the China Inland Mission at Hong Kong Baptist University Library.” A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage. Eds. Sarah Dellmann und Frank Kessler. New Barnet: John Libbey Publishing, forthcoming 2020, 89-102.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “Anneliese Bulling (1900–2004).” in Kunsthistorikerinnen, 1890–1970. Eds. Lee Chichester, Laura Goldenbaum and Brigitte Sölch with Johanna Ziebritzki. Berlin: Reimer, forthcoming 2020.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “Koralle Unterwegs: Euro-asiatische Netzwerke und die materielle Kultur des Buddhismus.” Dinge Unterwegs. Eds. Marília dos Santos Lopes, Ulrike Gleixner. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, forthcoming 2020.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. Objects in Frames: Displaying Foreign Collectibles in Early Modern China and Europe. Berlin: Reimer, 2019
  • Grasskamp, Anna & Juneja, Monica. Eds. EurAsian Matters: China, Europe and the Transcultural Object, 1600-1800, Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context. Cham: Springer, 2018.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “The Frames of Reflection: ‘Indian’ Shell Surfaces and European Collecting, 1550-1650.” Exogenèses.Objets frontière dans l’ art européen. Ed. Sabine du Crest. Paris: Boccard, 2018. 69-83.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “Branches and Bones: The Transformative Matter of Coral in Ming Dynasty China.” Gems in the Early Modern World: Materials, Knowledge, and Global Trade, 1450-1800. Eds. Michael Bycroft & Sven Dupré. Europe’s Asian Centuries. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018. 118-147.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “Spirals and Shells: Breasted Vessels in Sixteenth-Century Nuremberg,” Res: Anthropology and aesthetics 67/68 (2016/17): 146-163.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “框架自然:從清宮中的三件珊瑚藝品論起 [Framing Nature: Three Coral Objects from the Qing Imperial Collections in Context].” Gugong Wenwu Yuekan 399, June 2016. 108-117.
  • Grasskamp, Anna & Wu, Wenting. “We Call Them ‘Ginger Jars’: European Re-framings of Chinese Ceramic Containers,” Vormen uit Vuur 232 (3) (2016): 64-71.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “EurAsian Layers: Netherlandish Surfaces and Early Modern Chinese Artefacts.” The Rijksmuseum Bulletin 63 (4) (2015): 363-98.
  • Grasskamp, Anna & Löseke, Annette. “Asia in Your Window Frame: Museum Displays, Window Curators and Dutch-Asian Material Culture.” World Art 5 (2) (2015): 223-248.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “Frames of Appropriation: Foreign Artifacts on Display in Early Modern Europe and China.” Qing Encounters: Artistic Exchanges between China and the West. Eds. P. ten Doesschate Chu and Ding Ning. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2015. 29-42.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “Transcultural Margins: Pictorial Framing Strategies in Sino-European Print Culture, 1580-1680,” FRAMINGS. Eds. E. Harlizius-Klück, S. Kacunko & H. Körner. Berlin: Logos Verlag, 2015. 421-444.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “Hungry Ghosts meet Ming Bling: Re-Framing 50 Years in the Life of an Empire,” International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter 70 (2015): 42.
  • Löseke, Annette & Grasskamp, Anna. “Framing ‘Asia’: Results from a Visitor Study at the Rijksmuseum’s Asian Pavilion.” Aziatische Kunst 44 (2) (2014): 49-55.
  • Grasskamp, Anna. “Metamorphose in Rot: Die Inszenierung von Korallenfragmenten in Kunstkammern des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts.” Tierstudien 4, 2013: 13-23.