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Dear Colleagues, I would be very grateful if you could circulate this email among your students and colleagues. Best regards, Nancy Micklewright Head of Scholarly Programs and Publications Freer and Sackler Galleries Symposium Imperial Exposure: Early Photography and Royal Portraits across Asia Freer Gallery of Art Meyer Auditorium Monday, December 5-Tuesday, December 6, 2011 Coinciding with the Sackler exhibition Power|Play: China's Empress Dowager<http://www.asia.si.edu/explore/china/powerplay/>, this symposium examines imperial portraiture during the advent of photography in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While Power|Play addresses the unique circumstances and intentions behind photographs of Empress Dowager Cixi, the symposium is an opportunity for a broader comparative analysis of the engagement with photography in ruling courts across Asia. Among other topics, scholars consider how photographs of court figures were used to create images of power, to establish a sense of nationhood, and to express a religious identity, as well as the relationship between early photographic representations and more recent imperial images from the region. Invited speakers include Ali Behdad, John Clark, Deepali Dewan, Holly Edwards, Maki Fukuoka, Luke Gartlan, Yi Gu, Christine Kim, Yuhang Li, Hyung Il Pai, Maurizio Peleggi, Ying-chen Peng, Claire Roberts, Mary Roberts, and Roberta Wue. Visit the links below to learn more about the speakers and their presentations. Register Now<http://imperialexposure.eventbrite.com> Conference Program<http://www.asia.si.edu/events/IESymposium/schedule.asp > Speaker Bios<http://www.asia.si.edu/events/IESymposium/bios.asp> Abstracts<http://www.asia.si.edu/events/IESymposium/abstracts.asp> For more information, contact: Jenna Vaccaro Scholarly Program Assistant Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery VaccaroJ@si.edu<mailto:VaccaroJ@si.edu>