Dr Monica Merlin is the Programme Leader for the MA Contemporary Arts China. Before joining Birmingham City University she taught for the MA Arts of China at Christie’s Education (London), validated by the University of Glasgow.
Monica lived and worked in Beijing for two years after a BA in Chinese Studies specialising in Chinese Art and Archaeology at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice). She returned to Europe to pursue an MA in Asian Art at SOAS (2007), and worked for two years as curator in a contemporary Chinese art gallery in London. In 2009 Monica continued her studies gaining a DPhil (2013) at The University of Oxford with a thesis on early modern Chinese art.
Monica conducted a funded post-doctoral research (2013-14) at the Tate Research Centre: Asia with a project on contemporary Chinese women artists. Her major research interests lie in contemporary Chinese art and visual culture, women artists gender and feminism, socially and politically engaged art, and transcultural communication.