Yusen Yu

Yusen Yu was awarded a PhD in Asian art from Heidelberg University, Germany in October 2019. Before that, he completed his BA in history at Sun Yat-Sen University, China, and his MA in Islamic art and architecture at SOAS, London. He was also a visiting student of Persian language and Iranian studies at the University of Tehran, Iran.

Yusen Yu's areas of research span the fields of Asian and Islamic art history and aesthetics. His current projects examine how Chinese objects (painting, paper, porcelain etc.) were collected, reused, and perceived in pre-modern Islamic courts.  

He is also interested the history of science, technology, and material culture, with a focus on its trans-Asian and global dimensions.

波斯和中国:帖木儿及其后 [Persia and China: from the Age of Timur Onward] (Beijing: Commercial Press, 2015) (in Chinese).


‘Representing Ming China in Fifteenth-Century Persianate Painting’, Ming Studies, 78 (2018), pp. 57-73.


‘帖木儿宫廷如何收藏中国瓷器 [How did the Timurid Court Collect Chinese Porcelain]’, 故宫文物月刊 [The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art], 8 (2017), pp. 66-73 (in Chinese).


‘From the Picture Gallery of China: A Glimpse into the Persianate Collecting of Chinese Religious Painting in the Late 14th to 15th Centuries’, Aziatische Kunst: Uitgave van de Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst, 47:2 (2017), pp. 13-20.


‘The Arab Empire in Chinese Sources from the 8th Century to the 10th Century’, in Arabia, Greece and Byzantium: Cultural Contacts in Ancient and Medieval Times, ed. Abdulaziz Al-Helabi, Dimitrios G. Letsios, Moshalleh Al-Moraekhi and Abdullah Al-Abduljabbar (Riyadh: King Saud University, 2012), pp. 311-320.