Philosophy Department

Lanlan Kuang

Lanlan Kuang, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • 407-823-2195
  • Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Please email for confirmation.
  • Campus Location: PSY0242

Co-Director, China-U.S. Ethnic Cultural Exchange and Joint Research Initiatives (CH-US ECEJRI)

Study Abroad Grant Selection Committee Member, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Secretary General, North America Region, International Youth Image Creatives Union


  • Ph.D. in Folklore & Ethnomusicology, Ph.D. minor in East Asian Studies from Indiana University Bloomington (2012)

Research Interests

Aesthetics, Silk Road Studies, Dunhuangology, Heritage and Tradition, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Museum and Tourism, Performance Studies, Media Studies, Institutionalization, Historicalization, Ethnic and Cultural Policies, Buddhist and Taoist arts, Globalization and Transnationalism.

Recent Research Activities

2018 "Choreographing Dunhuang: China's Silk Road Theme Dance Dramas," Panel on "Performance, *Shibai*, *Biǎoxiàn*: The Ethics and Challenges of Translation," Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Boston, MA (August 1-5) 

2017 Roundtable on "Technological Environment of New Media and Open-Ended Training Pattern for Creative Media Talents," HASTAC 2017 Conference, Orlando, Florida (Nov 2-4)

2017 “China’s “One Belt One Road” Initiative and the Institutionalization of Dunhuang Performing Arts,” Panel on “Normative Structures, Creative Participation, and the Institutionalization of Cultural Forms,” Society of Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado (Oct 26-29)

2017 “‘Lotus Aloft:’ Building Global Audience Communities of Buddhist Imagination through Dance,” Panel on “Landscapes, Supernatural Powers and the Imagination of Communities,” American Folklore Society Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Oct 18-21) 

2017 "Enacting Sustainability: Education, Economy, and Ecology in China's Porcelain Capital Jingdezhen," Sharing Cultures 2017 - 5th International Conference on Intangible Heritage, Barcelos, Portugal (September 6-8) 

2017 “Dunhuang: The Contemporization of an Ancient Silk Road City,” CITY2017, the IAFOR International Conference on the City, Barcelona, Spain (July 14-16)

2016 “Imagining the Silk Road: Dunhuang Mural Music and Dance”, the 41st Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, Delray Beach, Florida, USA (September 28–October 2)

2016 “Samarra-blue and Jingdezhen Kaolinite: Cultural Envoys of China’s Blue-and-White Porcelain, Then and Now,” “Sino-Islamic Artistic Exchanges” Panel, The 2016 AAS-in-Asia Conference, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan (June 24-27)

2015 “Divine Messengers from Foreign Skies? Winged Deities in Chinese Classical Dunhuang Mural Dance,” The 2015 Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress Of Research on Dance Joint Annual Conference, “Cut and Paste:  Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity,” Athens, Greece (June 4-7)

2015 “(Un) consciousness? - Music in the Context of Chinese Aesthetics, in the Case of Laozi,” 2nd International Conference on Music and Consciousness, Oxford University, London (April 14-17)

2014 “Blue Screen, Computerized Notation, and Ethnographic Filming: Safeguarding Chinese Intangible Heritage,” Shifting Dialogues III: Documenting Asian Art and Performance: Embodied Knowledge, Virtuality & the Archive, Helsinki, Finland (December 2-6)

Selected Publications



  • Kuang, Lanlan. “China’s Emerging Food Media: Promoting Culinary Heritage in the Global Age.” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies. Vol. 17, No. 3, 68–81 (August 2017)

  • Kuang, Lanlan. “‘Otto’ and ‘Rumi’: A Case Study on the Constitutive Interactions between Foreign Traveling Artists (Jingpiao) and Jingdezhen’s Ceramic Cultural Landscape, Folklore Research, Vol. 6, (November 2016).

  • Kuang, Lanlan. “Staging the Silk Road Journey Abroad: In the Case of Dunhuang Performative Arts,” M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture (October 2016).

  • Kuang, Lanlan, “Impact of Multimedia and Agency on Safeguarding and Promoting Folk Songs as Intangible Cultural Heritage,” Safeguarding and Promotion of Folk Songs in the Contemporary Society. Vinh (Vietnam): Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (VICAS), 2015, p.125-150.

  • Rudy McDaniel and Lanlan Kuang. "Cross-Cultural Cinematic Communication: Learning from the Information Design Process for a Sino-American Film Competition," in Communication Design Quarterly, Vol. 4, Issue 1, 49-60 (November 2015)

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Kuang, Lanlan. “(Un) consciousness? – Music in the Daoist Context of Nonbeing (wuwei 无為),” Music and Consciousness 2, Edited by David Clarke, Eric Clarke and Ruth Herbert. Oxford University Press. (In Press)
  • Kuang, Lanlan. “Tang Dynasty (A.D. 681-907) Poetic Narratives of Musical Cosmopolitanism,” Music and Literature in Asian History, Edited by David Dennen. Brill Word and Music Studies series. (Manuscript in Progress)

Book Reviews

  • Forthcoming Wilcox, Emily. Review of Dunhuang Performing Arts: The Construction and Transmission of “China-scape” in the Global Context, by Kuang Lanlan. Asian Theater Journal Vol. 35

  • Piao, Yongguang. “Approaching Chinese Arts from A Changing Perspective,” Review of Dunhuang Performing Arts: The Construction and Transmission of “China-scape” in the Global Context, by Kuang Lanlan. Wu dao (Dance) 2017(2): 76-77.

    Available in: Yale University Library; Cambridge University Library

  • Zhang, Duo. “New Ethnographic Insights in Research on Dunhuang Arts —Review of Lanlan Kuang’s new book Dunhuang Performing Arts,” Review of Dunhuang Performing Arts: The Construction and Transmission of “China-scape” in the Global Context, by Kuang Lanlan. Folklore Cultural Forum 2016(5): 117-120.

    Available in: Stanford University Library; Columbia University Library; Waseda University Library (Japan)     


2016 - Present    Distinguished Fellow, Key Research Institutes in Humanities and Social Sciences (Cultural and New Media Development), Shanghai, PRC

2013 - Present    Distinguished Fellow, Center for Folk and Ethnic Literature and Art Development, Ministry of Culture, PRC

2015      Foreign Research Specialist, Northwest University for Nationalities, PRC

2008      Fulbright-IIE Grant (Country: China)

2006      Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Traveling Scholar at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2004      China Hengdian Film Award, Documentary in Humanity Arts Category

1997      China National Award for International Reports


2017 Fieldwork, Dunhuang Research Academy, Gansu Province, China

2017 Fieldwork, "Silk and Bamboo" (jiangnan sizhu) Music, Shanghai, China

2016 “Fieldwork, Performance, and Exhibition in the Digital Age," Public Lecture at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, Florida 

2016 “Heritage, Performance, and Ethnography in the Digital Age,” Public Lecture at University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

2013-14 Co-Produce and Co-Direct SINO-AMERICAN University Student Micro-Film Competition, Presented by CHINA-U.S. Ethnic Cultural Exchange & Joint Research Initiatives, and UCF College of Arts & Humanities, a part of the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival.

2014 “Negotiating for New Meanings: Intertextuality in the Staging Processes of the Dunhuang Dance Dramas," The 2014 SDHS/CORD joint annual conference, "Writing Dancing/Dancing Writing,”, Iowa City, Iowa (November 13-16)


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10295 HUM2230 Humanistic Tradition Ⅱ Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Available
No Description Available
10692 HUM3401 Asian Humanities Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80498 HUM2230 Humanistic Tradition Ⅱ Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Available
No Description Available
91529 PHI3800 Aesthetics Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2017.

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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