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SEMINAR Strategies for Reading Early Chinese Manuscripts & for Re-Reading Chinese Classics.

Date March 5 - March 6

REPAC is pleased to announce its two-day seminar on Strategies for Reading Early Chinese Manuscripts & for Re-Reading Chinese Classics.

This intensive seminar, with REPAC’s main themes in mind, shall focus on approaches to and tactics for reading unearthed manuscripts from the Warring States period (475-221 BCE), namely texts about divination, music, history, and philosophy, and then applying them to re-read classics.

The seminar will be led by Dr Adam Craig Schwartz, Associate Director at the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology and Associate Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature and the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, Hong Kong Baptist University.

It will be held in person from 5th to 6th March 2024 at the Department of Near Eastern Studies of the University of Vienna.

The seminar shall be carried out over two days, or six contact hours. Day one (March 5th 2024) of the seminar will present a lecture with practicum on how to (re)-read the Yì jīng or Book of Changes considering unearthed texts and inscriptions. Day two (March 6th 2024), in the morning session, shall use four case studies to discuss textual composition, scribal manners, and authorial intention, as revealed by hermeneutical keys (including repetition and wordplay) embedded esoterically into texts as per their written instantiations on Warring States period bamboo-slip manuscripts. The four case studies from across literary genres shall include texts associated with divination, songs, literature, and history; the afternoon session shall be an introduction to and guided reading of the Ānhuī University Analects of Confucius.

Programme

Day 1, Tuesday 5 March

Morning session 9:00-11:30, SR 2
How to (re)-read the Yi jing or Book of Changes

Day 2, Wednesday 6 March

Morning session 11:00-14:00, SR 4
Four case studies to discuss textual composition

Afternoon session 16:00-19:00, SR 3
Anhui University Analects of Confucius

Details

Start:
March 5
End:
March 6

Venue

Department of Near Eastern Studies of the University of Vienna