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A Message from the Publisher
In addition to publishing Chinese contributions to the fields of art
history and archaeology, the traditional magazine also enables
scholars outside the mainland to present their research and observations.
Chinese-art.com welcomes submissions from scholars who wish
to publish shorter pieces without standing in line for the too few peer-reviewed
journals willing to publish images. We are in the process of assembling
a trans-national advisory board to vet future articles in order to maintain
a high academic standard. Within two or three issues, the traditional
magazine will be the first, and hopefully not the last, refereed electronic
journal of Chinese art history.
The journal will present articles by Chinese scholars, book reviews
of Chinese- and Western-language books by Chinese scholars, updates
on auctions in the mainland, highlights from China Archaeology and
Art Digest (which summarizes mainland journals), and offer books
by - yup - Chinese scholars that often do not reach readers
outside China because of miniscule production runs. More importantly,
we are able to obtain professional photographs at low cost. These illustrate
objects that most scholars outside China will never see in person; and
even if access were available, it's at a steep price, whether in "guanxi"
or U.S. dollars. The magazine will have lots and lots of pictures --
as thumbnail images, in large format, in multiple views -- all downloadable
and printable (subject to copyright restrictions, of course). Archived
back issues will be accessible for citation by future researchers via
Internet and in hard copy.
Despite two decades of increased dialogue, non-mainland scholars of Chinese art history and archaeology must still overcome the physical, cultural, and theoretical remoteness of China. To traverse this distance and sustain meaningful intellectual exchange requires money - what most academics and most Chinese don't have. The immediacy and accessibility (free!) of a Web-based forum removes this hurdle, exposing a larger playing field. In keeping with this goal, we welcome your comments and suggestions on site content, format, and design; those with substantive analytical content will be published for the general readership. In the future, a monthly or bimonthly e-newsletter will also provide subscribers with updates on exhibitions and symposia in China. Academic mission aside, we hope that Chinese-art.com engenders a sense of community that goes beyond the virtual.