Seminars

  • Founded
    2002
  • Seminar Number
    691

The seminar focuses on early Chinese civilization from the Neolithic Age to the Han Dynasty and brings together scholars from all Early China related fields: history, archaeology, art history, literature and language, religion and philosophy. The seminar will facilitate interregional exchanges by inviting distinguished Sinologists from other parts of the country, and will publicize new archaeological discoveries.

Seminar Website


Co-Chairs
Professor Glenda Chao
gchao@ursinus.edu

Professor Jue Guo
jguo@barnard.edu

Rapporteur
Chris Kim
cfk2123@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.


Meeting Schedule

09/20/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:30 PM
Coining Chinese Civilization: The Emergence of Civilizational Consciousness in Early China
Uffe Bergeton , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




10/18/2019 951 Schermerhorn Extension
4:30 PM
The Inner Asian Frontier Re-examined: Shaping the Study of Artifacts and Mental Boundaries
Yan Sun, Gettysburg College




11/22/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:30 PM
Spring and Autumn Historiography: Formulaic phrasing and hierarchical display in Spring and Autumn records
Newell Ann Van Auken, University of Iowa




02/07/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:30 PM
The Material Culture of Personal Adornment in Ancient China
Sheri Lullo, Union College
Abstract

Abstract

This presentation considers the increasingly wide range of toiletries, objects of adornment and personal items found in cosmetic boxes that were buried with middle and upper-ranking members of Warring States and Han society. Recent findings from Han princely tombs will be discussed along with more well-known finds. The talk centers on the forms, variety and functions of lacquered cosmetic boxes and their contents, with consideration of the potential for these boxes to collect, contain, compartmentalize, conceal and protect a selection of objects intimate to individualized bodies. Discussion shifts from the practical uses of toiletries to consideration of the versatility of material culture with regard to meaning and purpose, and finally, the symbolic function of these assemblages within the context of death and burial.





03/06/2020 403 Kent Hall
4:30 PM
meeting cancelled
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04/10/2020 403 Kent Hall
4:30 PM
meeting cancelled
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04/17/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:30 PM
meeting cancelled
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04/24/2020 403 Kent Hall
4:30 PM
meeting cancelled
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