Prof.dr. A.T. (Anne) Gerritsen

  • Professor
  • Material culture of late imperial China

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 4692
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS China
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.09a

From the period from September 2013 through August 2018, Dr Anne Gerritsen is affiliated with Leiden University as part-time Professor of Asia-Europe Intercultural Dynamics with special attention to material culture, art, and human development, sponsored by the Kikkoman Foundation and the Association of Friends of Asian Art (VVAK). She has her institutional home base in LIAS, but will be structurally contributing to LIAS-LUCAS collaboration. Prof Gerritsen is Associate Professor (Reader) in the History Department at Warwick University. She holds an MA in Chinese Studies from Leiden University, and a PhD in East Asian Languages & Civilizations from Harvard University (2001). Her research interests include (Chinese) material culture within (global) history, theory and method of history, and gender. At Leiden University, in addition to programs in Asian Studies and Art History, she will contribute to the University’s collaboration with external partners such as VVAK and museums.


Fields of interest:

- Late imperial Chinese history and culture
- Global history
- Material culture and global connections
- Porcelain and the history of kilns sites in Jiangxi

Description of research

Most of my research to date falls into several separate areas.  My dissertation research focused on Ji’an (Jizhou) prefecture in Jiangxi province during the Song-Yuan-Ming transition, exploring the ways in which literati ‘belonged’ to the locality.  I found that temples, shrines and other local institutions were key sites for the expression of local belonging.  I then published a number of pieces on the subject of women and gender in late imperial China, only to return to Jiangxi’s local history from a completely different angle: through the history of ceramics production sites, specifically Jizhou and Jingdezhen.  I have also become actively involved in research on the theme of ‘global material culture’, exploring the ways in which ceramics can be seen as part of a more widely shared material culture.


PhD Harvard University (2001)
MA Leiden University (1992)

Appointments held:
2012-           Associate Professor (Reader), University of Warwick
2006-2012     Associate Professor, University of Warwick
2001-2005     Lecturer B, Warwick University

Selected grants and awards: 
- “Fellow-in-Residence” award, Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study, 2013-14.
- Arts and Humanities Research Council Network grant on ‘Global Commodities’, with Professor Giorgio Riello, (2010-2012)
- Arts and Humanities Research Council Early Career Grant on ‘Global Jingdezhen’ (2008-2011)
- National University of Singapore Asia Research Institute Visiting Senior Research fellowship (2008)

Key publications:

  • ‘Porcelain and the Material Culture of the Yuan Court (1279-1368).’ Journal of Early Modern History 16 (2012): 241-273.

  • ‘Material Culture and the Other: European Encounters with Chinese Porcelain, ca. 1650-1800’, with Stephen McDowall, eds., Journal of World History 23.1 (2012): 87-113.

  • ‘Fragments of a Global Past: Ceramics Manufacture in Song-Yuan-Ming Jingdezhen.’ Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 52 (2009): 117-152.

  • Ji’an Literati and the Local in Song-Yuan-Ming China.  (Leiden: Brill, 2007).

  • ‘The Many Guises of Xiaoluan: The Legacy of a Girl Poet in Late Imperial China’  Journal of Women’s History 17.2 (2005): 38-61.

Kikkoman Chair of Asia-Europe Intercultural Dynamics

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