Chen ShenRoyal Ontario Museum

    Dr. Chen Shen serves as the vice president of world cultures and the Bishop White chair and senior curator of East Asian art and archaeology at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Shen specializes in prehistory and Bronze Age materials, Han tomb-tiles, Chinese jades, coins, and mirrors, and has led several Paleolithic fieldwork projects in China. He has curated many critically acclaimed exhibitions, including “Forbidden City: Inside Court of China’s Emperor,” 2014–15; “The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army,” 2010–11; and “Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan,” 2002. Shen has also been integral in fostering working relationships between the ROM and numerous renowned museums in China, including the Palace Museum and the National Museum of China in Beijing, and the Nanjing Museum. Most recently, he worked with the Nanjing Museum to co-organize the exhibition “Pharaohs and Kings: Stories of Ancient Egypt and China’s Han Dynasty.” Shen is an academic trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America. He is also a professor of anthropology and East Asian studies at the University of Toronto. Shen received his PhD in anthropological archeology from the University of Toronto, MA in anthropology from University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and BA in archaeology from Wuhan University, China.

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