Ideas, Networks, Places: Rethinking Chinese History of the Middle Period
CGIS South Building, Room S020, Harvard University
July 7-8, 2009

Sponsored by
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Harvard University Asia Center
Harvard-Yenching Institute


TUESDAY July 7 2009

Wilt Idema:  Recollections of a Brash Young Sinologist (in Dutch)


Panel 1:  Defining the Shi in Imperial China
Chair: Hilde De Weerdt

1. Andrew Meyer:  (slides) Shi Identity in the Warring States


2. Anthony DeBlasi:  (slides) Who was a Ru?: The Evolution of a Tang Era Intellectual Category


3. TJ Hinrichs:  (paper) Medical Learning, Literati Culture, and the Contested Role of the Physician in the Song (960-1279)


4. Natasha Heller:  (paper)  Song Lian's Second Act: Representing the Buddhist Layman in Late Imperial China


Panel 2:  Shi Uses of History
Chair: Anthony DeBlasi

5. Jaeyoon Song:  (slides) History as Statecraft: Lü Zhong's Critique of the New Policies (1068-1120s)


6. Lee Tsong-han:  (slides) Hu Sanxing’s (1230-1302) Historiography


7. Anne Gerritsen:  (paper) Jizhou as Kiln Town: Writing the History of a Forgotten Past  (slides:  7a)


8. Jeff Moser:  Special Report: The Recent Excavation of a Tang-Song Urban Site in Chengdu

Panel 3:  Shi and Culture
Chair: Peter Ditmanson

9. Curie Virag:   (paper) Placing Ideas: Memory and Forgetting in Tang and Song Theories of Learning, Writing and Art  (slides: 9a)


10. Douglas Skonicki:  (paper) Lineage Construction in Northern Song Ancient-style Learning  (slides: 10a)


11. Lee Junghwan:  (slides) Transcendence in Ordinariness: Zhu Xi’s Reinterpretation of the Zhongyong


WEDNESDAY, July 8 2009

Panel 4:  Shi and the Local
Chair: Anne Gerritsen


12. Lee Sukhee:  Elites, Locality, and the State in Southern Song Mingzhou


13. Jeff Moser:  Recasting Antiquity and the Authority of Local Idiom: Archaeological Evidence of Twelfth to Fifteenth Century Ritual Practice in the Chengdu Basin


14. Chen Song:  Relating the Local to the National: From Transformation to Participation


15. Peter Ditmanson:  The Local and the Imperial in the Thought of Fang Xiaoru


Panel 5:  Shi and the Empire
Chair: Andrew Meyer

16. Ong Chang Woei:  (paper)  Different Views on the Political Geography of the Empire as Reflected in the Debates between Wang Anshi and Sima Guang over Military Affairs  (slides:  16a)


17. Min Byounghee:  Learning to be a sage? Learning to be a ruler?: The problematics of Neo-Confucian "di wang zhi xue"


18. Peter Ditmanson:   The Local and the Imperial in the Thought of Fang Xiaoru


19. Alexander Akin:  Cartography in Zhang Huang's Tushu bian


Panel 6:  Shi and Politics
Chair: Rob Foster

20. Li Cho-ying:  Defining New Order through Scholarship: 11th-Century Water Management under Scrutiny in the 15th Century for Hydrological Reform


21.Hilde De Weerdt:  Reading Politics in Imperial China: Towards a Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Notebooks


22. Liu Guanglin (*):  (paper) Warfare, Public Debts and Capitalism: A Financial Study of Military Defense in Twelfth-Century Sichuan (slides 22a)


23. Kim Youngmin:  (slides) Moral Psychology as Political Psychology


Extra: (Unable to attend)


0. Stephen Shang-Tseh Chou:  Celebration as Negation: The Paradigm of Antiquity


24. Luo Yinan:  Writing History for Xue