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WANG Xiaomo

Associate Professor

Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University

Editor at the magazine Decorations

Research And Teaching Fields

History and Theory of Design

History and Theory of Foreign Crafts and Fine Arts

Educational Background

Aug. 2008-Jan. 2013 doctor’s degree in art theory in the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

(Winner of the First Prize of the School-level Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award of Tsinghua University)

Sep. 2009-Sep. 2011 master’s degree in art history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Sep 2005-Jul. 2008 graduate degree in Art Design of the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University (Wang applied for an early Ph.D. program later.)

Sep. 2001-Jul. 2005 bachelor’s degree in art history from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

Work Experience

Jul 2017 till present associate professor, assistant professor at the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

Mar 2014-Jun 2017 postdoc at the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

Sep 2012 till present columnist and editor of the magazine Decorations

Academic Standpoint

“Understanding comes first when we study history, because we can understand ourselves when we understand the ancients.” She advocates that one should shift the attention from a final design to its creation process (manufacturing, designer, techniques etc.) and place design-centered microscopic researches in a macroscopic historical backdrop. We should generate an understanding and interpretation of everyday life in combination with factors such as substance, politics, society, culture, and techniques from the perspective of “overall history”, and explore the mechanism of promoting and constraining the development of design. As a theoretical researcher, on one hand, we need to provide theoretical support for design practice; on the other hand, we should lead design practice and exploration.

Academic Achievements


Wang Xiaomo has published over 20 academic articles in core journals, including more than 10 papers. Representative papers:

Craftsmanship Under Industrialization, Decorations, 2016-5, pp. 15-17

From Imitation to Manufacturing: Development of China’s Domestic Bicycle Brands and Manufacturing, Decorations, 2015-9, pp. 26-29

Jingdezhen’s Porcelain Factories and Rejuvenation of Jingdezhen’s Porcelain Industry, Decorations, 2014-8, pp. 26-31

Hedonism, Nudity & Taboos: Disappearance of Public Baths in the Renaissance, Decorations, 2013-11, pp. 14-19

Metallic Tableware and Etiquette of the School of Fontainebleau––See Material Culture Through the Lens of Design and Pictures, Decorations, 2012-9, pp. 84-87

Translation Works

Matières et Design, written by Agnès Zamboni (French), translated by Wang Xiaomo & Ma Qian, and published by China Light Industry Press in 2016

The Story of Design, written by Charlotte & Peter Fiell (English), translated by Wang Xiaomo & Wang Zhenshi, and published by Jiangsu Phoenix Fine Arts Publishing in 2017

Research projects

Project director, “A Classified Study on China’s Modern Consumer Goods Industries”, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (First Prize of the “Surface Fund”) in 2015-2017

Key person in charge (No. 2), child project of Chinese Studies Promotion and Experience Planning & Design of the Chinese Studies Center in 2014

Teaching Experience

Undergraduate courses: History of Foreign Crafts and Fine Arts, Ethical Evolution of Modern Art, and Western Modern Design Culture