Geert-Jan Janse MA

Geert-Jan Janse is an external PhD candidate at Utrecht University. His research focuses on European prints with Chinese scenes in the eighteenth century and their uses in Dutch decorative art. In 2009-2013 Geert-Jan worked at Teylers Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands, where he was responsible for the museum’s digital strategy. Between 2013 and 2015, he lived in Beijing, where he studied Chinese antique furniture. In 2016 he co-curated the exhibition In de Wolken for Teylers Museum, on the history of hot air balloons and the French “ballonomanie”.


Menno Jonker MA

Menno Jonker is an independent researcher and curator. The main topic of his projects is Asia and Africa in early modern art and science. In 2014 he made the exhibition Van velerlei pluimage: Zeventiende-eeuwse waterverftekeningen van Andries Beeckman (Kunsthal/Vantilt). A year later he carried out research for the exhibition Asia in Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum/Peabody Essex Museum/Yale University Press). In 2017 he curated with Thijs Weststeijn the exhibition Barbaren & wijsgeren: Het beeld van China in de Gouden Eeuw (Frans Hals Museum/Vantilt).


Prof. Michael Keevak

Michael Keevak is a professor of foreign languages at National Taiwan University. His research focusses on the relations between China and Europe during the early modern period. In 2017, his new book Embassies to China. Diplomacy and Cultural Encounters before the Opium Wars was published by Palgrave Macmillan. Professor Keevak joined the Chinese Impact project in Fall 2016.



Wenjie Su MA

Su Wenjie is a graduate student at Princeton University. She joined the Chinese Impact team in 2014-2015 in relation to her exploration of early Dutch practices of collecting Chinese art, resulting in her research master’s thesis The Divergence and Convergence between the Told and the Untold—Rethinking the historiography and history of the early modern East-West encounter, with Chinese export porcelain as case study.



Dr. Sun Jing

Sun Jing is Assistant Professor at School of Humanities, Tsinghua University, Beijing. She studied Art History at Leiden University and received her doctoral degree for her research on Johan Nieuhof’s images of China in 2013. Her recent research focuses on artistic interaction between China and Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. For the Chinese Impact project, she is working on the images of westerners in Chinese eyes in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.