Mark is a social anthropologist with broad interests in cultural history and the history of ideas. His research with Tibetan communities is predominantly focused on interpreting transformations in contemporary visual culture, particularly in the north-eastern region of Amdo.
Mark’s cultural-historical research is text-based and concerned largely with gender, sexuality and social space in late-imperial China. Common to these interests is the role of the aesthetic in the (New Historicist) question of how ideas define and redefine communities and circulate in and between them. His anthropological and historical approaches combine in a new area of inquiry called “epitheatre”, forms of social life and literature that emerge as extensions or effects of performance spaces.
In recent years Mark has been in demand as a postgraduate supervisor for non-traditional and creative PhDs. He has been an Exchange Scholar for the joint Academies of Social Sciences in Australia and China, an Affiliated Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, University of Leiden, and chief-investigator for an Australian Research Council Discovery Project research grant (2011-13).
Selected refereed journal articles
Stevenson, M. (2014), One as Form and Shadow: Theatre and the Space of Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century Beijing, Frontiers of History in China, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 225-246.
Wu, C. & Stevenson, M. (2011), Karmic Retribution and Moral Didacticism in Erotic Fiction from the Late Ming and Early Qing, ;Ming Qing Studies 2011, pp. 467-86.
Wu, C. & Stevenson, M. (eds.) (in press), Wanton Women in Late Imperial Chinese Literature: Models, Genres, Subversions and Traditions (Leiden: Brill).
Stevenson, M. & Wu, C. (ed. & trans.) (2013), Homoeroticism in Imperial China: A Sourcebook (London: Routledge).
Stevenson, M. (in press), The Male Homoerotic Wanton Woman in Late-Ming Fiction, in Wu, C. & Stevenson, M. (ed), Wanton Women in Late Imperial Chinese Literature: Models, Genres, Subversions and Traditions (Leiden: Brill).
Stevenson, M. (in press), Wanton Women in Late-Imperial Chinese Literature: Models, Genres, Subversions and Traditions, in Wu, C. & Stevenson, M. (ed), Wanton Women in Late Imperial Chinese Literature: Models, Genres, Subversions and Traditions (Leiden: Brill).
Stevenson, M. (2016), Theatre and the Text-Spatial Reproduction of Literati and Mercantile Masculinities in Nineteenth Century Beijing, in Louie, K. (ed), Changing Chinese Masculinities: From Imperial Pillars of State to Global Real Men. (Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press), 51-71.
Stevenson, M. (2016), Time Travel in Tibet: Tantra, Terma and Tulku, in Powers, J. (ed), The Buddhist World (Series: Routledge Worlds) (London: Routledge), 121-137.
Postgraduate research students and post-doctoral fellows
Three honours students, one Masters, six PhD students.
Co-supervisor of four PhD students, co-supervisor of three PhD students, principal supervisor of two MA (research) students.
Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP110102651, 2011-2013, $105,000), “Peking Opera, Epitheatre and Writing in Nineteenth-Century Beijing”, Chief Investigator. Joint project with A/Prof Cuncun Wu, The University of Hong Kong.
- International Sociological Association
- Association for Asian Studies
- Asian Studies Association of Australia
- Chinese Studies Association of Australia
Appearances in the media
2015, Washington Post. China’s plan to “liberate” a cradle of Tibetan culture, Emily Rauhala (14 December).
2015, The Conversation. A Tibetan monk walks into a bar … the future of creativity, Mark Stevenson (9 March).
Areas of expertise
- Anthropology of art
- Anthropology of space
- Anthropology of Tibet
- Gender and sexuality in history
- Late-imperial Chinese literature
- Literary translation