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Associate Professor
Department of Asian Studies
University of Ljubljana (Ljubljana)

Fellowship Project

Dr. Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik spent 12 months studying the categorization, registration and digitalization of Chinese art objects at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. During her fellowship, she also visited other museums and exchanged with local experts.


Dr. Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik is an Associate Professor at the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She studied History, Art history and Sinology at the University of Ljubljana and obtained her PhD degree in 2006. Her research focuses on Chinese traditional and modern art, Chinese grave art, Chinese Buddhist art, material culture, collecting history and chinoiseries. Dr. Vampelj Suhadolnik is working on a project on categorization and digitalization of Chinese art collections in Slovenia. She is also the initiator, co-founder and first president of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology (EAAA), and an ASET Stiftung Senior Research Scholar (Berlin, Germany).

Recent Development and Achievement

    Dr. Vampelj Suhadolnik leads the research project “East Asian Collections in Slovenia: Inclusion of Slovenia in the Global Exchange of Objects and Ideas with East Asia (2018-2021)” funded by the Slovenian Research Agency. The project team established a database of East Asian relics in Slovenia and was involved in several exhibitions, including an exhibition on Alma Karlin in 2019 and an exhibition of East Asian objects from the Regional Museum Celje in 2021. The team also published catalogues and books about collecting history of Chinese and other East Asian objects in Slovenia. Dr. Vampelj Suhadolnik is also actively engaged in the PAGODE – Europeana China project co-financed by the European Union. The project is about the presentation and digitalization of the preserved Chinese cultural heritage in Europe, with a focus on its availability and access through the European digital library.

Selected Publication(s)

  • Vampelj Suhadolnik, N. (2020). Collecting Chinese objects in Slovenia at the turn of the twentieth century. Ming Qing Yanjiu, 24(2), 161-180.
  • Vampelj Suhadolnik, N. (2019). Death in Beijing: Alma M. Karlins description of Chinese funerary rituals and mourning practices. Poligrafi: revija za religiologijo, mitologijo in filozofijo, 24(93-94), 49-75
  • Rosker, J. S., & Vampelj Suhadolnik, N. (2011). The yields of transition: literature, art and philosophy in early medieval china. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.