Ari Heinrich

Professor Ari Heinrich

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2022
  • Section(s): Asian Studies


Ari Heinrich (he/they) is Professor of Chinese Literature and Media at the ANU.  They write about transnational Chinese art, race, and the body, and have lectured on topics ranging from the history of Chinese medical photography to the exhibition of plastinated cadavers from China in internationally circulating anatomical displays.  Ari is the recipient of an ARC Future Fellowship (2012) and the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant (2019).  Their publications include The Afterlife of Images: Translating the Body Between China and the West (Duke, 2008) and Chinese Surplus: Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Medically Commodified Body (Duke, 2018), as well as a number of co-edited volumes and essays.  Ari is also known for their translations of queer Taiwanese novels such as Last Words from Montmartre, by Qiu Miaojin (New York Review Books, 2014), and The Membranes, by Chi Ta-wei (Columbia University Press, 2021).  Most recently, Ari’s essay €œEjecta€, which explores sculpture by the artist Jes Fan through the lens of colonial geology and grief, appeared in the inaugural issue of the Andy Warhol Arts Writers Grant series €œCookie Jar€ (2022).


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