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College of Fine Arts Research Profiles

Guolong Lai
School of Art + Art History

Associate Professor, Head of Art History
T: 273-3072

College of Fine Arts
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115801
Gainesville, Fl 32611-5801

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Research Interests:

Early Chinese Art and Archaeology, Paleography and Manuscript Studies, Heritage Conservation, Collecting History

Research Summary:

Guolong Lai's primary area of specialization is early Chinese art and archaeology and paleography, and his secondary field include heritage conservation and museology. Interdisciplinary interests include cultural history, religious studies, social and intellectual history, and Asian studies.


Ph.D. in Chinese Art and Archaeology, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angles, 2002 Chinese Archaeology and Paleography, Department of Archaeology, Beijing University, 1994

B.A. in International Law, School of Law, Jilin University, 1991

Key Professional Appointments:

Mellon Lecturer, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, 2002-2004

Freeman Visiting Lecturer in Archaeology, Carleton College, 2000-2001


“Demonography and the Changing Visual Culture During the Han and Jin Periods” (in Chinese), paper presented at the international conference “Transformation in Chinese Art during the Han-Chin and Tang-Song Periods,” at the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, June 25-26, 2012.

“The Evolution of ‘Cultural Heritage’ and Other Related Concepts in Modern China: A Legal Perspective,” a presentation in the Brown Bag Series at the Center for Humanities and Public Sphere, University of Florida, March 20, 2012.

“Early Chinese Screens from Archaeological Context,” paper presented at “New Perspectives on Chinese Archaeology,” an International Symposium Organized under the joint auspices of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and the Center for Chinese Studies, UCLA January 6-7, 2012.

Selected Works:

Book: The Archaeology of Early Chinese Religion: A Regional Perspective. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press (In press; included in the Mellon Foundation’s Art History Publication Initiative Series).

“A Liao-Dynasty Votive Mirror in the Cotsen Collection,” in Lothar von Falkenhausen ed., The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors, Volume II, Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2011, 184-197.

“Textual Fluidity and Fixity in the Manuscript Culture of Early China” (in Chinese), Jianbo vol. 2 (2007), 515-527.

“Death, Travel, and Otherworldly Journey in Early China as Seen Through Tomb Texts, Travel Paraphernalia, and Road Rituals,” Asia Major 18.1 (2005), 1-44.

“Valuing the Past in China: the Seminal Influence of Liang Sicheng on Heritage Conservation.” (co-authored with Martha Demas and Neville Agnew of the Getty Conservation Institute). Orientations 35.2 (March 2004), 82-89.

“The Diagram of the Mourning System from Mawangdui.” Early China 28 (2003), 43-99.

“Lighting the Way in the Afterlife: Bronze Lamps in Warring States Period Tombs." Orientations 33.4 (April 2002), 20-28.


2011 American Council of Learned Societies Postdoctoral Fellowship in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation.

2011 Rothman Summer Fellowship Award, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere.


2009 International Educator of the Year Award (Junior Faculty).

2009 Jack Wessel Excellence Award for Assistant Professor.


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