Prof Geremie Barme


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Personal profile


After graduating in Asian Studies from the ANU (majoring in Chinese and Sanskrit), I studied at universities in the People's Republic of China (1974-77) and Japan (1980-83), with periods working as a journalist, freelance writer and translator in Hong Kong and China. My research work in Chinese culture and intellectual history has been interspersed with film, web site and writing projects in the United States, China and Hong Kong.

Career highlights

Premiere of The Gate of Heavenly Peace at the New York Film Festival in 1995; premiere of Morning Sun at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003; being awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize for Modern China, 2004; work with the New York photographer Lois Conner on the Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanming Yuan) in Beijing; editing China Heritage Quarterly (; work on the sacred geography of China with the oral historian Sang Ye; research funded by an ARC Federation Fellowship (2006-10) on Beijing and China in the Olympic era; and contributing to the establishment at ANU of the Australian Centre on China in the World in 2010.

Research interests

Historiography in 21st-century China; 20th century Chinese intellectual and cultural history; contemporary Chinese cultural and intellectual debates; Ming-Qing literature and aesthetics; Cultural Revolution history (1950s-70s) and Beijing, its history and reconstruction.


BA, PhD (Asian Studies), FAHA

Expertise Areas

  • Architectural Design
  • Arts and Cultural Policy
  • Urban Sociology and Community Studies
  • Studies of Asian Society
  • Art Theory
  • Film and Television
  • Performance and Installation Art
  • Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
  • Asian History


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