Yuan: Chinese Architecture in a Mongol Empire

Saturday, March 30, 2024

This talk is part of the Princeton-Yale Ideas Series.


Event Time

Saturday, March 30, 2024


9:00 am - 9:30 am

Keynote by Nancy S. Steinhardt

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Commentary by Jian Wei

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:15 am


Yale Center Beijing 
36th Floor Tower B of IFC Building 8 Jianguomenwai Avenue Chaoyang District, Beijing (Yong'anli Subway Station, Exit C) 


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Ticket:Free for students and faculty (subject to approval); RMB 30 for regular admission.

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Language:Keynote speech in English and Commentary in Chinese


The Event

From palaces, temples, and pagodas to pavilions, tombs, and theaters, the Yuan Dynasty, which only enjoyed a hundred years of prosperity, has left an unparalleled architectural legacy for future generations. Following Chinese Architecture: A History, Professor Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt at the University of Pennsylvania shares with us her latest work, Yuan: Chinese Architecture in a Mongol Empire. This is the first comprehensive English-language study of Chinese architecture under Mongol rule. What kind of architectural and cultural achievements were made under the rule of Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan? How did Chinese architecture influence other regions during Yuan’s expansion?

On the morning of March 30th, Professor Steinhardt will discuss her research virtually. She will be joined by Jian Wei, Emeritus Professor at School of History, Renmin University of China, to discuss the historical significance of Yuan-Dynasty architecture at Yale Center Beijing.



Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt(Online)
Professor of East Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art, University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her works include Chinese Architecture (published by PUP, winner of the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award) and China’s Early Mosques.



Jian Wei (In person)
Emeritus Professor, School of History, Renmin University of China

Jian Wei is Emeritus Professor at School of History at Renmin University of China, where he also serves as Director of the Institute of Northern Ethnic Archaeology and Head of the Department of Archaeology and Museology. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at Minzu University of China and Director of the Institute of Frontier Archaeology. Wei has led over 80 archaeological excavations, including that of Yuan Shangdu, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. To date, he has published 13 academic monographs and more than 180 papers and research reports.


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