Dr. O.J. (Oliver) Moore

  • Lecturer
  • Chinese art history, material culture and language


Oliver Moore’s present research is centered on different forms of the visual image in late imperial and early modern Chinese history. His chief current project is a book-length study of the early history of photography in China. He is also engaged in smaller projects concerned with questions of image circulation during the Chinese Middle Ages and during the early commerce of printed books in China.

Moore’s other interests include the ritual and social dimensions of forming elite identities in early China, and numerous expressions of material and visual culture

Curriculum Vitae

Since June 1998 Oliver Moore has been Lecturer in Art and Material Culture of China, Sinological Institute, University of Leiden.

Before joining the Sinological Institute, during 1993-98, Oliver Moore was assistant keeper in the Department of Oriental Antiquities, British Museum, London, responsible for the safekeeping, research and exhibition of the collections.

He studied Chinese at SOAS, London University (BA 1985), before completing a dissertation on the social history of Tang civil service examinations at Cambridge University (PhD 1993).  He spent two years studying Chinese in Shanghai (1982-83, 1985-86), and worked there for one year (1986-87) for a US law firm.

Teaching activities

Oliver Moore teaches a general introductory course of art history in China, which is open to students not majoring in Chinese. He contributes to courses organized by the Art History Department (Opleiding Kunstgeschiedenis). On behalf of students and interested members of the public Moore maintains a website which lists sources for the study of Art and Material Culture of China (AMCC).


Rituals of Recruitment in Tang China: Reading An Annual Programme in Collected Statements by Wang Dingbao (870-940), Leiden: E.J.Brill, 2004 [407 pp]

Reading the Past: Chinese, London: British Museum Press, 2000 [80 pp.]

“Zou Boqi (1819-1869), Map-maker and Photographer”, for Kenneth Hammond ed., The Human Tradition in Modern China. Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming, 2007

"The Dongyang Cave, Art, Society and China", in Kitty Zijlmans, ed., Site-Seeing:Places in Culture, Time and Space. Leiden: CNWS Publications, 2006: 53-87.

"Violence Un-scrolled: Cultic and Ritual Emphases in Painting Guan Yu”, Arts Asiatiques 58 (2003): 86-97

Last Modified: 11-12-2015