Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

DATE: Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18, 2015

PLACE: IEAS Conference Room, 1995 University Avenue — Room 508

SPONSORS: Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley and Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University


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The Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities brings together young scholars from across the U.S. and beyond to present and discuss innovative, dissertation-level research on the cultures of premodern China. This year's papers include but are not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought. Each presentation will be discussed briefly by a faculty member in the field, after which the conversation will be opened up to the floor.


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paula Varsano — Introductory Remarks

Jesse Chapman (Berkeley): Unwholesome Bodies: Reading the Sign of the Amputated Foot in Early China
      Discussant: Zhou Yiqun (Stanford)

Lucia Tang (Berkeley): The Autocrat at the Altar: The Fengshan Sacrifices in Early Imperial China and the Augustan Secular Games
      Discussant: Carlos Noreña (Berkeley)

Luke Waring (Princeton): Ritual, Recitation, and Readership: Odes Quotations in the Zuozhuan and the Guoyu
      Discussant: Mark Csikszentmihalyi (Berkeley)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nicholas Constantino (Berkeley): Goodness through Discontinuity: The Role of Wei (偽) in Xunzian Ethics
      Discussant: Eric Hutton (Utah)

Fu Yang (Cambridge): Status and Well-being: Thinking about Labor in the Spring and Autumn Period
      Discussant: Michael Nylan (Berkeley)

Coffee break

Hong Shuxin (Washington U., St. Louis): Mind, Mirror, and Metaphor in Xiyou bu
      Discussant: Paula Varsano (Berkeley)

Ye Qing (Oregon): The Private, Metaphor, and Masculinity: Reading the Mid-Qing Novel Guwangyan (Preposterous Words)
      Discussant: Ling Hon Lam (Berkeley)

Lunch break (lunch not provided)

Kou Lu (Harvard): A Full-blooming South: Chen Dynasty (557–89) Court Poetry and its Survival
      Discussant: Ling Hon Lam (Berkeley)

Chen Yu-chuan (Stanford): Carving a Pilgrimage: Zhu Xi's Cultural Enterprise in/of the Wuyi Mountains
      Discussant: Deborah Rudolph (Berkeley)

Coffee break

Liu Chen (Harvard): The Unburned Letters: Textual Variants and Epistolary Culture in Northern Song China
      Discussant: Ronald Egan (Stanford)

Mai Huijun (Harvard): Su Shi's Post-trial Poetic Sequence as a Structure of Self-surveillance and Self-presentation
      Discussant: Paula Varsano (Berkeley)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hua Kaiqi (UC Merced): The White Cloud Sect and Local Activism in Jiangnan in the Song-Yuan Transition
      Discussant: John Kieschnick (Stanford)

Cuma Ozkan (Iowa): Liu Zhi's Islamification of Confucianism through Kaozheng (Evidentary) Scholarship in Qing China
      Discussant: Snjezana Akpinar (Graduate Theological Seminary, Berkeley)

Anna Pawlowski (Stanford): Reassembling Tradition: Wu Bin's (c. 1543–1626) Transformations of Painted Luohan Handscrolls and the Late Ming Anxiety over Images
      Discussant: Patricia Berger (Berkeley)


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  • Chen Yu-chuan (Stanford)
  • Jesse Chapman (Berkeley)
  • Nicholas Constantino (Berkeley)
  • Fu Yang (Cambridge)
  • Hong Shuxin (Washington University, St. Louis)
  • Hua Kaiqi (UC Merced)
  • Kou Lu (Harvard)
  • Liu Chen (Harvard)
  • Mai Huijun (Harvard)
  • Cuma Ozkan (Iowa)
  • Anna Pawlowski (Stanford)
  • Lucia Tang (Berkeley)
  • Luke Waring (Princeton)
  • Ye Qing (Oregon)

  • Snjezana Akpinar (Graduate Theological Seminary, Berkeley)
  • Patricia Berger (Berkeley)
  • Mark Csikszentmihalyi (Berkeley)
  • Ronald Egan (Stanford)
  • Eric Hutton (Utah)
  • John Kieschnick (Stanford)
  • Ling Hon Lam (Berkeley)
  • Carlos Noreņa (Berkeley)
  • Michael Nylan (Berkeley)
  • Deborah Rudolph (Berkeley)
  • Paula Varsano (Berkeley)
  • Yiqun Zhou (Stanford)



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