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Conference on the History and Culture of Early Medieval China

Conference on the History and Culture of Early Medieval China

Martin Lavicka21 Apr 20152 comments

Conference on the History and Culture of Early Medieval China

Date: May 11, 2015

Time: 10:00 – 18:00

Organizers: EU project CHINET, reg. no.: CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0152, Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic & The Oriental Institute of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic

Conference venue: Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc, Křížkovského 12, Olomouc, Czech Republic, rooms: 2.05, 2.07

Conference language: English

Conference topic:

Wedged between the Han and the Tang, both great unified empires, the period of early medieval China has been long considered a “dark age”, notorious for its lack of unity, predominance of non-Han ethnic groups and cultural decadence. As such, it still remains a rather understudied epoch of Chinese history. Yet, it was precisely this crucial period that witnessed the birth of many a phenomenon or institution which we readily associate with the much later unified empire. Therefore, the understanding of the transformation and development China underwent between the 3rd and the 6th centuries is essential for the better understanding of Chinese history as a whole.

The conference is the next step in a broader initiative supported by the CHINET project which aims at establishing a research group of mainly Europe-based, early-career researchers with a common interest in early medieval China, which might stimulate research into this period of Chinese history and contribute to the founding of a specialized “field” with connected communities pursuing the same research interests. Participants of the conference will present the outcomes of their individual research ranging from political and institutional history, historiography and geography to philosophy and literature. It is hoped that the conference will help to draw attention to this fascinating period of Chinese history and will initiate a fruitful discussion on research topics which might be shared by early medieval China scholars Europe-wide.

Special guests:

  • Giulia Baccini

Asian and North African Studies Department, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

  • Pablo Blitstein

Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University

  • Jakub Hrubý

Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences; Palacký University Olomouc

  • Jörg Henning Hüsemann

East Asian Institut, Leipzig University

  • Kathrin Leese-Messing

Institute for Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich

  • Jakub Otčenášek

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Charles University

  •  Dušan Vávra

Center for Chinese Studies, Masaryk University

To attend this conference as a passive participant, please register here.

Abstracts can be downloaded here.

Conference Program (May 11):

  • 9:55–10:00

welcoming speech

  • 10:00–10:45

Giulia Baccini: The flourishing of anecdotal literature during the Six Dynasties period: taking the Xiaolin and the Yin Yun xiaoshuo as a reference

  • 10:45–11:30

Katherine Leese-Messing: Historical criticism in early medieval China: Pei Songzhi|’s personal comments on Sanguo history

  • 11:30-11:45

coffee break

  • 11:45–12:30

Jörg Hüsemann: Preserving Antiquity: Perceiving and Knowing the Past in the Shuijing zhu

  • 12:30–14:00


  • 14:00–14:45

Jakub Hrubý: Enfeoffment as a Means of Political Legitimacy during the Upheaval of the Eight Princes (291-306 A.D.)

  • 14:45-15:30

Pablo Ariel Blitstein: The role of the master-disciple relation in medieval Chinese political institutions (5th-6th centuries)

  • 15:30–15:45

coffee break

  • 15:45–16:30

Dušan Vávra: Modes of perfect action in Wang Bi’s and Guo Xiang’s thought

  • 16:30–17:15

Jakub Otčenášek: The Dialectics of Cosmologies: The Development of the Worldview of the “Tianshi Dao” from the 2nd until the 5th century

  • 17:15–17:30

wrap up

On May 12, there will be workshop on History and Culture of Early Medieval China for the conference participants at the Department of Asian Studies (room KC-2.10), Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc.


2 comments to “Conference on the History and Culture of Early Medieval China”

  1. Vladimír Liščák says:

    Dobrý den,

    máte někde program podle hodinového rozvrhu? Jedná se mi o to, jestli mi na cestu tam a zpět do Prahy bude stačit ten jeden den, nebo si mám zajistit nocleh.


  2. Martin Lavicka says:

    Dobrý den,

    hodinový rozpis zatím k dispozici nemáme, ale více by měl vědět Váš kolega Dr. Hrubý.

    S pozdravem,

    Martin Lavička

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