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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 Jue Guo

Chris Kim

All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020-2021 academic year. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

09/25/2020 Online Meeting
9:00 AM
What were the Prime Movers for the Transition to Agriculture: Insights from Archaeological Research in Northeast China
Gideon Shelach-Lavi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)

10/23/2020 Online Meeting
4:30 PM
Understanding Hongshan Core-Zone Households and Communities
Christian Peterson, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

11/06/2020 Online Meeting
7:00 PM
Good Wives? Jealousy and Domestic Violence in Marriages in Early China
Olivia Milburn, Seoul National University (South Korea)

11/20/2020 Online Meeting
9:00 AM
Communities and settlement in hunter-gatherer societies in Northeast China
Pauline Sebillaud, French National Centre for Scientific Research and Jilin University (China)

12/11/2020 Online Meeting
8:00 PM
Water Management in Prehistoric China: A Case Study of the Jianghan Plain (6000-4000 BP)
Jianguo Liu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

02/19/2021 Online Meeting
4:30 PM
Charting the Early Chinese Oikumene
Min Li, University of California, Los Angeles

03/12/2021 Online Meeting
9:00 AM
Fields, Markets and Trees: contending paradigms of growth in Early China
Romain Graziani, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)

03/26/2021 Online Meeting
4:30 PM
Feasts and Gifts: Food Redistribution in Early Imperial China
Moonsil Lee Kim, Rhode Island College

04/23/2021 Online Meeting
4:30 PM
Reconsidering the Significance of Chu Antlered Sculptures: A Regional Perspective
Cortney Chaffin, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point