May 11, 2015
Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc, Křížkovského 12, Olomouc, Czech Republic, rooms: 2.05, 2.07
Wedged between the Han and the Tang, both great unified empires, the period of early medieval China has been long considered a “dark age”, notorious for its lack of unity, predominance of non-Han ethnic groups and cultural decadence. As such, it still remains a rather understudied epoch of Chinese history. Yet, it was precisely this crucial period that witnessed the birth of many a phenomenon or institution which we readily associate with the much later unified empire. Therefore, the understanding of the transformation and development China underwent between the 3rd and the 6th centuries is essential for the better understanding of Chinese history as a whole.
The conference is the next step in a broader initiative supported by the CHINET project which aims at establishing a research group of mainly Europe-based, early-career researchers with a common interest in early medieval China, which might stimulate research into this period of Chinese history and contribute to the founding of a specialized “field” with connected communities pursuing the same research interests. Participants of the conference will present the outcomes of their individual research ranging from political and institutional history, historiography and geography to philosophy and literature. It is hoped that the conference will help to draw attention to this fascinating period of Chinese history and will initiate a fruitful discussion on research topics which might be shared by early medieval China scholars Europe-wide.
Giulia Baccini: The flourishing of anecdotal literature during the Six Dynasties period: taking the Xiaolin and the Yin Yun xiaoshuo as a reference
Katherine Leese-Messing: Historical criticism in early medieval China: Pei Songzhi’s personal comments on Sanguo history
Jörg Hüsemann: Preserving Antiquity: Perceiving and Knowing the Past in the Shuijing zhu
Jakub Hrubý: Enfeoffment as a Means of Political Legitimacy during the Upheaval of the Eight Princes (291-306 A.D.)
Pablo Ariel Blitstein: The role of the master-disciple relation in medieval Chinese political institutions (5th-6th centuries)
Dušan Vávra: Modes of perfect action in Wang Bi’s and Guo Xiang’s thought
Jakub Otčenášek: The Dialectics of Cosmologies: The Development of the Worldview of the “Tianshi Dao” from the 2nd until the 5th century