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BuYun Chen

Associate Professor



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Professor BuYun Chen

BuYun Chen is a historian who specializes in the history of textile production, fashion, and craft technology in premodern China. She recently completed a book on the history of fashion during the Tang dynasty, titled Empire of Style: Silk and Fashion in Tang China (University of Washington Press). Her current research explores how the circulation of raw materials, finished goods, and technical knowledge between China, Japan, and Southeast Asia shaped local craft practices. 

In teaching, as in research, she emphasizes cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history. Professor Chen teaches a variety of courses at Swarthmore, including surveys of Chinese history, an upper-level course on fashion theory and history, and a first-year seminar on the global history of science and technology.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants 2015

The American Council of Learned Societies provided a grant to Professor Chen for a reading workshop on women at work in China. 

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Makers and Markets: Drivers of Fashion in Chinese History

Professor Chen, along with two other colleagues, presented in February of 2015 at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. 

This link has both pictures and audio.

Professor Chen weighs in on library renovations

As a member of the Library Committee, Professor Chen has had input with regard to McCabe renovations. 

You can read more in this Phoenix article.

"Toward a definition of 'fashion' in Tang China"

Along with colleagues from around the world, Professor Chen contributes to this book which aims to "rewrite fashion in a global perspective" and "to contribute to that new concept of fashion beyond the traditional Western concept." 

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