Thursday, May 30, 2019

[Conference] The Art and Archaeology of Ritual and Economy in East Asia: Workshop and Symposium in Honor of Lothar von Falkenhausen

The Art and Archaeology of Ritual and Economy in East Asia: Workshop and Symposium in Honor of Lothar von Falkenhausen
東亞古代禮制和經濟的藝術與考古研究:羅泰教授還曆慶賀學術研討會
June 5-6, 2019, YRL Main Conference Room, UCLA

The Art and Archaeology of Ritual and Economy in East Asia: Workshop in Honor of Lothar von Falkenhausen
June 5, 2019, YRL Main Conference Room, UCLA

9:00-9:50 Group I: Chair and Discussant Jack Davey, George Washington University

9:00-9:15 Bryan Miller, University of Oxford: Accompaniment and Consumption: Animals in Mortuary Realms of the Xiongnu

9:15-9:30 Katherine Brunson, Brown University: The Social Zooarchaeology of Oracle Bone Divination in Northwest China

9:30-9:50 Comments and Discussion

9:50-10:40 Group II: Chair and Discussant: Sonya Lee, USC

9:50-10:05 Anke Hein, University of Oxford: Raw Material Hoards, Ritual Deposits, or Disturbed Burials: Object Pits in the Mountains of Southwest China (presentation in absentia)

10:05-10:20 Richard Ehrich, UCLA: The Sacrificial Pits at Sanxingdui: Unique Phenomena or Representatives of an Established Ritual Tradition?

10:20-10:40 Comments and Discussion

10:40-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:50 Group III: Chair and Discussant: Willeke Wendrich, UCLA

11:00-11:15 Li Min, UCLA: Liminal Places vs. State Power: Archaeology of Ritual Landscapes in Early China

11:15-11:30 Lin Kuei-chen, Academia Sinica: Archaeology of Community: Changing Settlement Patterns from the Baodun to the Shi’erqiao Periods

11:30-11:50 Comments and Discussion

11:50-12:40 Group IV: Chair and Discussant: Chair and Discussant: Lee Hui-shu, UCLA

11:50-12:05 Ye Wa, UCLA: State Regulations or Human Sentiment: the Disappearance of Funerary Figurines in 9th Century Chang'an and Luoyang

12:05-12:20 Burglind Jungmann, UCLA: Art and Ritual: Some Peculiarities of Commemorative Paintings of the Chosŏn Dynasty

12:20-12:40 Comments and Discussion

13:10-14:20 Group V: Chair and Discussant: Zhang Li, Zhengzhou University

13:10-13:25 Zhang Liangren, Nanjing University: Prehistoric Metallurgy of Eastern Xinjiang

13:25-13:40 Shi Tao, Sichuan University: Organization of early copper mining along the Yangzi River - A discussion of resource strategies in early China

13:40-13:55 Lee Hsiu-ping, UCLA, US: Production Debris in a Bronze Age Industrial Town: Contextualizing White Pottery at Nanwa, Henan (presentation in absentia)

13:55-14:20 Comments and Discussion

14:20-15:30 Group VI: Chair and Discussant: Bryan Miller, University of Oxford

14:20-14-35 Rowan Flad, Harvard University: Long Distance Influences and Local Adoption: Technological Changes in Ritual and Economy in Late Prehistoric China

14:35-14:50 Lai Guolong, University of Florida: Royal Ritual, Cowrie Shells, and the Production of Bronze in Early Western Zhou

14:50-15:05 Wen Chenghao, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (IA CASS): Uncovering disguised Social Inequality: an Investigation of the Bronze Age Cemetery at Donghuishan from the Perspective of Ritual Economy

15:05-15:30 Comments and Discussion

15:30-15:50 Coffee break

15:50-16:40 Group VII: Chair and Discussant: David Schaberg, UCLA

15:50-16:05 Zhang Hanmo, Renmin Unversity: The Mawangdui T-Shaped Banners and their Ancient Egyptian Counterparts: A Comparison of Pictorial Compositions and Art Motifs

16:05-16:20 Minku Kim, The Chinese University of Hong Kong: New Perspectives on Two Kharoṣṭhī-Inscribed Artifacts Discovered in China Proper

16:20-16:40 Comments and Discussion

16:40-17:30 Group VIII: Chair and Discussant: Rhi Juhyuang, Seoul National University

16:40-16:55 Adam D. Smith, University of Pennsylvania: Early Chinese Free-standing Stone Columns and their Owners

16:55-17:10 Ellen Hsieh, National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan): Bencharong and Peranakan Porcelains in 19th Century Southeast Asia

17:10-17:30 Comments and Discussion

17:30 Lothar von Falkenhausen, UCLA: Concluding Remarks


The Art and Archaeology of Ritual and Economy in East Asia: Symposium in Honor of Lothar von Falkenhausen
June 6, 2019, YRL Main Conference Room, UCLA

9:00-10:00 Introductory words; Chair: Li Min, UCLA

9:15-9:30 David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities, UCLA

9:30-9:45 Willeke Wendrich, Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaoelogy, UCLA

9:45-10:00 Rowan Flad, Harvard University, US

10:00-10:30 Coffee & Tea

10:30 – 12:00 Scholarly Talks I, Chair: Li Shuicheng, Peking University

10:30-11:00 Kazuo Miyamoto, Kyushu University: Professor Lothar von Falkenhausen and his Chinese Archaeology

11:00-11:30 Yangjin Pak, Chungnam National University: Mortuary Practice of Intentional Breakage of Burial Goods in Ancient Northeast Asia

11:30-12:00 Alain Thote, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes: Bronze Vessels and Ceramic Containers: What does their Relationship tell us about Rituals in Bronze Age China?

12:00-12:20 Discussion

13:30-15:00 Scholarly Talks II, Chair: Sonya Lee, USC

13:30-14:00 Enno Giele, University of Heidelberg: Coins as a Measure of Economy in Early China

14:00-14:30 Wang Ming-ke, Academia Sinica: Primordial Community: Concept, Human Ecology and Reality

14:30-15:00 Wu Hung, University of Chicago: The Role of Archaeological Evidence in Historical Research

15:00-15:20 Discussion

15:20-15:50 Coffee break

15:50-17:00 Comments and panel discussion, Chair: Yan Yunxiang, UCLA

Panelists:
·      Li Shuicheng, Peking University
·      Miao Zhe, Zhejiang University
·      Lee Hui-shu, UCLA
·      Zhang Li, Zhengzhou University
·      Rhi Juhyuang, Seoul National University

17:30 Concluding words and video message from Li Ling

(via Keith Knapp)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A Zooarchaeological Study of the Haimenkou Site, Yunnan Province, China

Author:
Juan Wang

Publication Year:
2018

Publisher:
British Archaeological Reports Oxford Ltd




Abstract:

Haimenkou was an important location, with trade and cultural links connecting parts of modern Southeast Asia and northwestern China in ancient times. This book is based on an analysis of the faunal assemblage recovered from the Haimenkou site during the 2008 field season in Yunnan Province, China. It investigates the human-animal relationships at Haimenkou through a time span running from the late Neolithic Period to the middle Bronze Age (ca. 5000-2400 BP). The animal exploitation patterns, local animal domestication processes, human subsistence strategies and communication networks linking Haimenkou and other regions in prehistoric China are studied. Domesticated pig, dog and sheep bones were identified. Over sixteen wild mammal species as well as bird and fish bones and mollusc shells were also recovered. The results suggest that the Haimenkou people developed a mixed subsistence economy, consisting of crop farming, plant food gathering, animal husbandry, hunting and fishing.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction
2. Environmental setting and archaeological background of the Haimenkou Site
3. Procedure of faunal analysis
4. Range and relative importance of identified taxa
5. Skeletal part representation and bone modification
6. Kill-off patterns for domestic animals
7. Discussion and conclusion

Sunday, May 26, 2019

How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context: Poetic Culture from Antiquity Through the Tang

Editor: 
Zong-qi Cai

Publisher:
Columbia University Press

Publication Date: 
February 2018




Abstract:

How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context is an introduction to the golden age of Chinese poetry, spanning the earliest times through the Tang dynasty (618–907). It aims to break down barriers—between language and culture, poetry and history—that have stood in the way of teaching and learning Chinese poetry. Not only a primer in early Chinese poetry, the volume demonstrates the unique and central role of poetry in the making of Chinese culture.

Each chapter focuses on a specific theme to show the interplay between poetry and the world. Readers discover the key role that poetry played in Chinese diplomacy, court politics, empire building, and institutionalized learning; as well as how poems shed light on gender and women’s status, war and knight-errantry, Daoist and Buddhist traditions, and more. The chapters also show how people of different social classes used poetry as a means of gaining entry into officialdom, creating self-identity, fostering friendship, and airing grievances. The volume includes historical vignettes and anecdotes that contextualize individual poems, investigating how some featured texts subvert and challenge the grand narratives of Chinese history. Presenting poems in Chinese along with English translations and commentary, How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context unites teaching poetry with the social circumstances surrounding its creation, making it a pioneering and versatile text for the study of Chinese language, literature, history, and culture.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Cultural Role of Chinese Poetry, by Zong-qi Cai

Part I: Pre-Han Times

1. Poetry and Diplomacy in The Zuo Commentary(Zuozhuan), by Wai-yee Li

2. Poetry and Authorship: The Songs of Chu (Chuci), by Stephen Owen

Part II: The Han Dynasty

3. Empire in Text: Sima Xiangru’s “Sir Vacuous/Imperial Park Rhapsody”(“Zixu/Shanglin fu”), by Yu-yu Cheng and Gregory Patterson

4. Poetry and Ideology: The Canonization of the Book of Poetry (Shijing) During the Han, by Zong-qi Cai

5. Love Beyond the Grave: A Tragic Tale of Love and Marriage in Han China, by Olga Lomová

Part III: The Six Dynasties

6. Heroes from Chaotic Times: The Three Caos, by Xinda Lian

7. The Worthies of the Bamboo Grove, by Nanxiu Qian

8. The Poetry of Reclusion: Tao Qian, by Alan Berkowitz

9. The Struggling Buddhist Mind: Shen Yue, by Meow Hui Goh


Konfucjusz. Analekta: Tłumaczenie i opracowanie (Confucius: The Analects)

Author:
Pejda, Katarzyna

Publisher:
KraNόw: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego

Publication date:
January 2019



Abstract:
A translation of the Analects of Confucius from classical Chinese, including the Chinese text, supplemented with an extensive scholarly analysis presenting the Confucian concept of morality. The publication contains a description of the ancient Chinese world, its society, and the relations ruling within in.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Workshop on Migration and Border-crossing in Early Medieval China


Co-organizers: 
Wen-Yi Huang & Xiaofei Tian

Date:
May 23, 2019

Location: 
The Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Harvard University


Program


9:30-9:40         Opening Remarks

Panel I. Going South
9:40-10:40
Evan Nicoll-Johnson (University of Alberta), “Guo Pu (276-324) the Wanderer: Magic and Migration in the Jin Dynasty”
Lu Kou (Williams College), “Detainees and Letters to Request Release in Early Medieval China”

Panel II. The Mobility of Texts and Images
10:40-11:40
Keith N. Knapp (The Citadel), “Cultural Baggage: The Transmission and Spread of Accounts of Filial Offspring during the Northern and Southern Dynasties”
Fan Zhang (NYU-Shanghai), “Between Hexi and Pingcheng: Migration of Image, Style, and People”

11:40-1:00        Lunch [Workshop Participants Only]

Panel III. Looking Back and Around
1:00-2:00
Jack W. Chen (University of Virginia), “Looking Back across the River: Nostalgia as Migrancy in the Shishuo xinyu
Xiaofei Tian (Harvard University), “The Worlds on the Edge between Darkness and Light: Fifth-century ‘Supernatural’ Stories of a Migrant Community”

Panel IV. Rootedness, Relocation, and Identity
2:00-3:00
Andrew Chittick (Eckerd College), “Borderlands and Migration to North and South: A Study of the Qing-Qi Region in the Fifth Century CE”
Wen-Yi Huang (Harvard University), “How to Name People on the Move: A Case Study of the Northern Wei”

3:00-3:15         Coffee Break

Panel V. Moving Monks and Merchants
3:15-4:15
James Robson (Harvard University), “Monks, Movement, and Migration: A Preliminary Assessment of the Large-Scale Movement of Buddhist Monks in Early Medieval China”
Jin Xu (Vassar College), “Following in the Footsteps of Siddhartha: Shi Jun Sarcophagus and the Picturing of an Allegorical Biography”

4:15-4:45         General Discussion and Concluding Remarks

6:30                 Dinner for Workshop Participants

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Monday, May 13, 2019

The Ecological Era and Classical Chinese Naturalism: A Case Study of Tao Yuanming

Author:
Shuyuan Lu

Publication date:
2017

Publisher: 
Springer




Abstract:

Reflecting the currently growing eco-movement, this book presents to western readers Tao Yuanming, an ancient Chinese poet, as a representative of classical oriental natural philosophy who offered lived experience of “dwelling poetically on earth.” Drawing on Derrida’s specter theory, it interprets Tao Yuanming in a postmodern and eco-critical context, while also exploring his naturalist “kindred spirits” in other countries, so as to urge the people of today to contemplate their own existence and pursuits. The book’s “panoramic” table of contents offers readers a wonderful reading experience.

Table of Contents:
Tao Yuanming and the Meta-question of Humanity
Tao Yuanming’s Natural Philosophy
Tao Yuanming and Naturalistic Romanticism
The Evolving Perception of Nature and the Death of Tao Yuanming
The Specter of Tao and the Plights of Contemporary Human Existence
Conclusion: The Last Sacrifice and the Evocation

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Bamboo and Silk, 2.1-2.2 (2019)



Volume 2, Issue 2, 2019
Contents(目次)

Western Han Funerary Relocation Documents and the Making of the Dead in Early Imperial China 
Guo Jue 
   
Three Research Notes on the Silk Manuscript *Tianwen qixiang zazhan 天文氣象雜占 
Chen Songchang 
   
“Drafting,” “Copying,” and “Adding Notes”: On the Semantic Field of “Writing” as Reflected by Qin and Early Han Legal and Administrative Documents 
Thies Staack 
   
A Survey of Taiwanese Research on Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts Accomplished in 2015 
Yen Shih-Hsuan 
   
Bunken to ibutsu no kyōkai: Chūgoku shutsudo kandoku shiryō no seitaiteki kenkyū 文献と遺物の境界:中国出土簡牘史料の生態的研究, edited by omiyama Akira 籾山明; Satō Makoto 佐藤信 
Guo Weitao

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2019
Contents(目次)

“On Reading Xiehou 邂逅 (“Chance Meeting”) as Xing hou 邢侯 (“Marquis of Xing”) (邂逅“邢侯”),” by Liu Gang (劉剛), pp.: 1–15 (15)

“Seeking an Audience in the Underworld and the Question of the Han Juridical Soul (向地下官吏請謁:漢代法律意義下的靈魂),” by Ethan Harkness (郝益森), pp.: 16–31 (16)

“To Turn Soybeans into Gold: a Case Study of Mortuary Documents from Ancient China (“黃卷以當金”:古代中國隨葬文獻個案分析),” by Jiang Wen (蔣文), pp.: 32–51 (20)

“From “Clothing Strips” to Clothing Lists: Tomb Inventories and Western Han Funerary Ritual (從“衣物簡”到衣物疏——遣策與西漢的喪葬禮儀),” by Tian Tian (田天), pp.: 52–86 (35)

“Newly Unearthed Wooden Figures for Averting Misfortune from Yangzhou (揚州新出土五代解除木人研究),” by Cheng Shaoxuan (程少軒) and Liu Gang (劉剛), pp.: 87–103 (17)

“Summary of Research Published in 2015 on Bamboo and Wood Manuscripts from the Qin through Jin Dynasties (2015 年秦漢魏晉簡牘研究概述),” by Lu Jialiang (魯家亮) and Li Jing (李靜), pp.: 104–140 (37)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Insects in Chinese Literature: A Study and Anthology

Author:
Wilt L. Idema

Publication date:
2018

Publisher:
Cambria Press




Abstract:
Despite the “nonhuman” turn in the humanities, studies of animals in Chinese culture are still quite limited in number, while studies of insects in literature are even rarer and tend to focus on only a few aspects, such as cricket fights. The available studies on insects in Chinese literature are almost exclusively limited to insects in Chinese classical poetry, and so provide only a very limited view of the many ways in which insects have been viewed in Chinese culture at large.

This book helps to fill this gap. The first part of this volume begins with the fascination of modern author Lu Xun with entomological literature and satiric animal tales from the West. The book then traces the characterization of individual insects in three thousand years of classical Chinese poetry, from the ancient Book of Odes to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), as emblems of virtues and vices. Separate chapters are dedicated to the selfless and diligent silkworm, the pure and outspoken cicada, the social organization of the ants and the bees (as well as the philandering tendencies of bees and butterflies), fighting crickets and disastrous locusts, slanderous flies, and sly mosquitoes, as well as body parasites as lice, fleas, and bedbugs. Each chapter includes extensive translations, highlighting lesser-known aspects of well-known poets and introducing original works by lesser-known authors.

Preceding the second part of the book is a short intermezzo devoted to insects in classical and vernacular narrative literature, which shows a preference for tales in which insects appear in human shape. The second part of the book delves into the popular literature of late imperial China, in which insects spoke their minds in the formal settings of weddings, funerals, wars, and court cases. A representative selection of such ballads and plays is discussed and translated and is followed by an epilogue, which contrasts the treatments of insects in Chinese and Western literature.

By contrasting the ways in which traditional Chinese belles lettres, traditional classical and vernacular literature, and popular songs and ballads treat insects, it becomes clear that each of these written traditions portrays insects in particular in its own way: as examples of virtues and vices, as fairies and demons in human guise, and as contentious characters speaking in their own voice. While some insects basically remain the same in all three traditions, other insects show unique characteristics in each tradition. Spiders, for instance, transform from wily hunters in classical poetry, to exhibitionists maidens in vernacular narrative, and to champions of justice in popular songs and ballads. Last but not least, the search for texts on insects reveals many works of considerable literary value which are presented in highly readable renditions.

Insects in Chinese Literature will be of interest to all persons who are interested in Chinese literature and comparative literature, all those who are interested in insects in Chinese culture at large, and all those who are interested in cultural entomology and animal studies.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Portrayal of Insects

Part I: Insects in Belles Lettres
Chapter 1: The Silkworm
Chapter 2: The Cicada
Chapter 3: Lessons Learned from Insects
Chapter 4: Fables on the Praying Mantis and the Spider
Chapter 5: The Ant, the Bee, and the Butterfly
Chapter 6: The Cricket, the Grasshopper, and the Locust
Chapter 7: The Fly and the Mosquito
Chapter 8: The Scorpion, the Louse, the Flea, and the Bedbug
Chapter 9: Group Portraits
Intermezzo
Chapter 10: Insects in Narrative Literature

Part II: Insects in Popular Literature
The Names of the Thirty-Six Kinds of Insects

Chapter 11: Weddings
The Precious Scroll of the Marriage of the Mantis
The Dragonfly’s Abduction of the Bride
The Mantis Abducts His Bride
The Dung Beetle Abducts His Bride

Chapter 12: Funerals
The Hundred-Day Insect
The War of the Insects

Chapter 13: Battles and Wars
The Battle of the Insects
The Song of the War of the Fly against the Mosquito

Chapter 14: Disputes and Court Cases
Southern Window Dream
The Louse Cries out his Grievances [followed by The Court Case of the Bedbug against the Mosquito]
The White Louse Voices his Grievances

Epilogue: Some Comparative Perspectives

Monday, May 6, 2019

Conference: Contact Zones and Colonialism in Southeast Asia and China’s South (~221 BCE – 1700 CE)

Venue:
Pennsylvania State University

Date:
May 10-12, 2019

Programme:

Friday, May 10

9:00 -9:30
INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS
Kenneth Pomeranz
University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College, The University of Chicago   “Why is China so Big”?

9:30-9:45
WELCOME
Erica Brindley
Professor of Asian Studies, History, and Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University
“Why are We Here? Issues and Goals”

9:45-11:15 PANEL 1 EARLY PERIOD

Nam Kim
Archaeology, University of Wisconsin
“Dynamics of Interaction in Protohistoric Vietnam: Pre-Conquest Relations with the Near and Far North”

Mark Alves
Linguistics, Montgomery College
“Data from Multiple Disciplines Connecting Vietic with the Dong Son Culture”

Martha Ratliff
Linguistics, Wayne State University
“Loanword Evidence for Power Inequities between Hmong-Mien Speakers and their Neighbors”

11:15-11:30 BREAK

11:30 – 12:15 ROUNDTABLE 1

THE CONCEPT OF SEAMZ (SOUTHEAST ASIAN MARITIME ZONE) AS AN INTERACTIVE REGION? 

Kathlene Baldanza 
History, Penn State University

Hilario de Sousa 
Linguistics, Max Planck Institute, Netherlands

John Phan
Linguistics,  Columbia University

12:30-2:00 LUNCH

2:00-4:00 PANEL 2 HAN IMPERIAL PERIOD
Michele Demandt
Archaeology, Jinan University, China
“Imperial Practices or Local Agency? Motives behind the Production of ‘Entangled Crafts’ in Han-period Lingnan”

Joe Pittayaporn
Linguistics, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
“Chinese Loanwords and Sinicization of Kra-Dai Speakers during the Han Period”

Erica Brindley
History, Penn State University
“An Overview of the Textual Record on Hua-xia/Yue Interactions”

Francis Allard
Archaeology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
“The South China Sea from Prehistory to Early Han Imperial Expansion: What Archaeology tells us about the Movement of People, Goods, and Ideas”

4:00-4:30 BREAK

4:30-5:30 ROUNDTABLE 2

ADMINISTRATIVE, IMPERIAL REACH IN THE PREMODERN PERIOD

Hilde De Weerdt
History, Leiden University

Bob Hymes
History, Columbia University

Paul Jakov Smith 
History, Havorford College

Saturday, May 11

9:00-11:00 PANEL 3 MEDIEVAL PERIOD, I  

Megan Bryson 
Religious Studies, University of Tennessee
“The Power of Transmission: Buddhism and Colonialism in the Dali Kingdom”

Andrew Chittick
History, Eckerd College
“Jiankang and the Buddhist Diplomatic World of the South Seas”

Alice Yao
Archaeology, University of Chicago
“Food and Kitchens: Imperial Control and the Colonization of Taste”

John Phan
Linguistics, Columbia University 
“Language and Han Colonization in the Red River Plain”

11:00 – 11:30 BREAK

11:30 – 12:30 ROUNDTABLE 3

MEDITATIONS ON INTERDISCIPLINARITY AND COLLABORATION

Francis Allard
Archaeology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Mark Alves
Linguistics, Montgomery College

Tamara Chin
Comparative Literature, Brown University

Michael Puett
History, Harvard University

12:30-2:00 LUNCH available for conference guests in 102 Weaver Building
       
2:00-3:45 PANEL 4 MEDIEVAL PERIOD, II

Derek Thiam Soon Heng
History, Northern Arizona University
“Cultural and economic influences from China on the Malay Peninsula, 10-14th CE”

James Anderson
History, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
“Trade Relations between the Đại Việt Kingdom and the Song Empire in the long 12th Century” 
Victor Mair
Asian Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania
“Belitung Shipwreck and the Early Development of Tea Cultivation”

3:45-4:15 BREAK

4:15-5:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS 
Pamela Crossley
Charles and Elfriede Collis Professor of History and Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Dartmouth College
“Was there a Chinese World Order?”

Sunday, May 12

9:00-11:00 PANEL 5 EARLY MODERN PERIOD

John Whitmore
History, University of Michigan
“The Chinese Diaspora into Dai Viet and the Settling of the Lower Delta of the Red River”

Gregory Smits
History, Penn State University
“Pirates of the Ryukyu Islands and their Network Interactions with the Ming”

Hilario De Sousa
Linguistics, Max Planck Institute, Netherlands
“On Pinghua and Yue”

Miranda Brown
History, University of Michigan
“After the Mongols, Dairy Products in Southern China, 1500-1700”

11:00-11:30 BREAK
11:30-1:00 WRAP-UP SESSION AND LUNCH
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE?

Francis Allard
Erica Brindley
John Phan

(Thanks Erica for sharing this information!)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Literate Community in Early Imperial China: The Northwestern Frontier in Han Times

Author:
Charles Sanft

Publisher:
SUNY Press

Publication date:
May 2019



Abstract:
Through an examination of archaeologically recovered texts from China’s northwestern border regions, argues for widespread interaction with texts in the Han period. This book examines ancient written materials from China’s northwestern border regions to offer fresh insights into the role of text in shaping society and culture during the Han period (206/2 BCE–220 CE). Left behind by military installations, these documents—wooden strips and other nontraditional textual materials such as silk—recorded the lives and activities of military personnel and the people around them. Charles Sanft explores their functions and uses by looking at a fascinating array of material, including posted texts on signaling across distances, practical texts on brewing beer and evaluating swords, and letters exchanged by officials working in low rungs of the bureaucracy. By focusing on all members of the community, he argues that a much broader section of early society had meaningful interactions with text than previously believed. This major shift in interpretation challenges long-standing assumptions about the limited range of influence that text and literacy had on culture and society and makes important contributions to early China studies, the study of literacy, and to the global history of non-elites.

Table of Contents:

Introduction

1. Interacting with Text in Early Imperial China and Beyond

2. Contexts and Sources

3. Posted Texts

4. Statements of Individuals and Groups

5. Composite Texts

6. Practical Texts

7. Cultural Texts

8. Letters

Conclusion