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Ari Larissa Heinrich (he/they) is Professor of Chinese Media and Literature, and Director of the Gallery at the Australian Centre on China in the World, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.  He writes about contemporary visual cultures from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, with a focus on experimental art that employs biological materials like body parts, pathological specimens, and organic chemicals. He has published books and essays on Chinese and transnational visual cultures, on medical illustration, and on queer theory, and is also known for translations of key works of queer literature from Taiwan in the late 20th century. Ari teaches experimental art writing, queer and speculative fiction, and Chinese Studies—as well as the intersections thereof—and has lectured on topics ranging from the history of medical photography to the exhibition of Chinese cadavers in internationally circulating anatomical displays. Ari’s research has been supported by the ARC Future Fellowship, the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and others.

Education/Academic qualification

Chinese Literature, Master, Harvard University

Chinese Studies, PhD, University of California at Berkeley

External positions

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities

Expertise Areas

  • Contemporary art; history of science, medicine, and the body; queer literature in translation


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