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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.

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Professor Glenda Chao

Professor Ethan Harkness

Crismon Lewis

Meeting Schedule

10/08/2021 Online Meeting
9:00 AM
Shang and Zhou Concepts of Family and Lineage
Maria Khayutina, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany)

11/19/2021 Online Meeting
8:00 AM
Collecting and Disseminating Technical Knowledge
Rens Krijgsman, Tsinghua University (China)

12/10/2021 Online Meeting
9:00 AM
The Han River as the Central Axis and the Predominance of Water: Questioning the Claim of “No Chu-related Traits” in the View of Terrestrial Space in the Rong Cheng shi Manuscript (4th c. BCE)
Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann, National Centre for Scientific Research (France) and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Germany)

02/11/2022 Online Meeting
4:30 PM
Early Chinese Thought via Shijing 詩經
Mick Hunter, Yale University

02/18/2022 Online Meeting
4:30 PM
Copper Mining and Bronze Production in Shandong Province: A New Perspective on the Political Economy of the Shang State
Qingzhu Wang, Columbia University

03/11/2022 Online Meeting
4:30 PM
What is Early Chinese Religion?
Ori Tavor, University of Pennsylvania

04/08/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:30 PM
Stele-statues and Manuscripts: Exploring the Buddho-Daoist Stelae of the Northern Dynasties
Gil Raz, Dartmouth College

04/15/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:30 PM
Revisiting the Syntactical Functions and Semantic Features of the Universal Quantifier tun屯 in Early Chinese Texts
Huaqiang Song, Wuhan University (China)

05/06/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:30 PM
Engineering and Defense in the Later Mohist Military Chapters: The Organization of People, Objects, and Landscapes
Erica Brindley, Pennsylvania State University