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Dr Rui Oliveira Lopes Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Dr Rui Oliveira Lopes

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences rui.lopes@ubd.edu.bn


ABOUT ME

Rui OLIVEIRA LOPES is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Before joining FASS/UBD he was Lecturer in Art History at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon teaching European, Asian, and Islamic Arts focusing on the artistic interactions. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct research on the religious arts in Asia.

Received his Ph.D. in the History of Art in 2011 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, completing a dissertation on the confluence of Christian art in India, China and Japan between the 16th and the 18th centuries. His research is focused on the visual aspects of the sacred narratives in the arts of the Asian civilizations, the artistic and cultural interactions between Asia and Europe, the museum as a place for intercultural dialogue, the role of western museums in promoting and protecting Asian (in)tangible cultural heritage.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Art History, Museum Studies, Art Curatorship, Heritage Studies, Folk Art & Contemporary Visual Culture, Anthropology of Art, Religious Art, Artistic and Cultural Exchanges

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FUTURE PROJECTS

South East Asia/South China Sea: The making of a cosmopolitan space since 1400

The recent turn in oceanic studies has transformed our understanding of the geographies, boundaries, and horizons of historical inquiry. In many respects, this maritime turn constitutes a salutary shift toward a transnational and globally entangled histories, of moving past the confines of bounded states or areas. However, even as this new approach dissolves one set of boundaries, it also risks re-assembling new ones. One of the key attributes of oceans is their connectedness, the lack of any obvious barrier preventing movements from one body of water to another. Yet the flourishing of Indian Ocean, Atlantic World, and Pacific World studies has the unintended consequence of segmenting maritime space, of reifying separate, even self-contained entities. There has been less explicit discussion of the various scales of interactions across different types of water bodies. This project seeks to foreground these multiple scales while also retaining some sense of distinctive social, environmental, and political dimensions of each. One maritime zone that can prove especially productive for illuminating these multiple scales of circulation, we suggest, is the South China Sea.

Application invited for: one PhD and one Master student


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Lopes, R. O. (2017) "Words for images and images for words. An iconological and scriptural study of the Christian prints in the Chengshi moyuan 程氏墨苑", Word and Image. A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 87–107

Lopes, R. O. (2016) “A new light on the heavenly bodies. Indian shadow puppets: from still paintings to motion pictures”, Religion and the Arts, vol. 20, no. 1-2, pp. 160-196. DOI: 10.1163/15685292-02001008.

Lopes, R. O. and Blair, S. (2016) “Editors’ Introduction: Religion and the Arts of Global Asia”, Religion and the Arts, vol. 20, no. 1-2, pp. 1–3. DOI: 10.1163/15685292-02001001.

Lopes, R. O.; Alves, M. G.; Lamoni, G. (eds) (2015) Global Trends in Modern and Contemporary ‘Islamic’ Art. Lisbon: CIEBA/FBAUL (Artistic Studies Research Centre / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon), Global Art Monograph Series. ISBN: 978-989-8771-28-5.

Lopes, R. O. (2014) “Securing the harmony between the High and the Low: power animals and symbols of political authority in ancient Chinese jades and bronzes”, Asian Perspectives, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 195-225. DOI: 10.1353/asi.2014.0019. (Scopus-listed journal)

Lopes, R. O. (2014) “Meeting another China: exhibiting Chinese [folk] art and popular culture in the Orient Museum”, World Art, Vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 237-261. DOI: 10.1080/21500894.2014.9.


TOP PUBLICATIONS

Lopes, R. O. (2016) “A new light on the heavenly bodies. Indian shadow puppets: from still paintings to motion pictures”, Religion and the Arts, vol. 20, no. 1-2, pp. 160-196. DOI: 10.1163/15685292-02001008.

Lopes, R. O. (2014) “Securing the harmony between the High and the Low: power animals and symbols of political authority in ancient Chinese jades and bronzes”, Asian Perspectives, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 195-225. DOI: 10.1353/asi.2014.0019. (Scopus-listed journal)

Lopes, R. O. (2014) “Meeting another China: exhibiting Chinese [folk] art and popular culture in the Orient Museum”, World Art, Vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 237-261. DOI: 10.1080/21500894.2014.9.

Lopes, R. O. (ed.) (2014) Face to Face. The transcendence of the arts in China and beyond – Historical Perspectives. Lisbon: CIEBA/FBAUL (Artistic Studies Research Centre / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon) Global Art Monograph Series. ISBN: 978-989-8300-49-2.

Lopes, R. O. (2014) “The formation of artistic identities in the context of intercultural dialogue between China and the World”. In R. O. Lopes (Ed.), Face to Face. The transcendence of the arts in China and beyond – Historical Perspectives (pp. 10–40). Lisbon: CIEBA/FBAUL.


GRANT DETAILS

UBD:ORI:URC:RG(334):U01. “The Value of Cultural Heritage and Appropriate Museology in the Formation of Collective Identity. Art, Museums and (In)tangible Cultural Heritage in Brunei Darussalam”. Project Leader: Dr Rui Oliveira Lopes. Funds: $BND 9,933.00. January 2016 to December 2017.


CONSULTANCY

Art History; Cultural History; Asia-Europe Exchange; Museums and Collections Management; Curatorial Practice and Exhibitions Management; Publishing; Creative Industries; Art Market


STARTUP

Has startup experience


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