Society for the Study of Early China

Fourth Annual Conference


Date: Thursday, 31 March 2016

Time: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel (1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101)

Room:  Issaquah A


The Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to announce that its Fourth Annual Meeting will take place in Seattle on 31 March 2016. As in past years, the SSEC is pleased to hold its meeting in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies’ Annual Conference. Registration for the AAS event is not required for those who attend only the SSEC meeting. There is no charge for the SSEC conference.


Presentation abstracts are here




Session 1 Moderator: Pauli Tashima (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

9:00 – 9:30  Lei Chinhau (Hong Kong Baptist University)

“King Zhao’s Southern Expeditions: Reconstruction and Analysis of a War Covered up by the Official Historians”

9:30 – 10:00 Jörn Grundmann (University of Edinburgh)

“The X Gong xu Inscription Read as a Political Proclamation”

10:00 – 10:30 Moonsil Lee Kim (Rhode Island College)

“The Discrepancy between Laws and their Implementation: An Analysis of Granaries, Statutes, and Rations during the Qin and the Han Periods”


10:30 – 11:00  Break


Session 2 Moderator: Constance Cook (Lehigh University)

11:00 – 11:30  Li Kin Sum (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Visual and Acoustic Powers of the Edicts on the Qin Metal Weights

11:30 – 12:00  Matthias Richter (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Limitations to the Phonetic Source Value of Manuscript Characters

12:00 – 12:30  Timothy O’Neill (Drake University)

Recontextualizing the Fangyan


12:30 – 1:30 Break for lunch


Session 3 Moderator: Matthias Richter

1:30 – 2:00  Shi Jie (University of Chicago)

Neither Flesh nor Soul: Visualizing Prince Liu Sheng’s Melting Body in Western Han China

2:00 – 2:30  Jonathan Pettit (Purdue University)

The Production of Sacred Maps in the Later Han Dynasty

2:30 – 3:00  Pauli Tashima (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

The Fan Sheng vs. Chen Yuan Debates: Microcosms of the Unsettled Academic Field at the Founding of the Eastern Han


3:00 – 3:30  Break


Session 4 Moderator: Anne Kinney (University of Virginia)

3:30 – 4:00 Sarah Allan (Dartmouth College)

Legends of Abdication and the Rise of Confucius; Confucius and the Rise of the Legends of Abdication

4:00 – 4:30  Brian Lander (Harvard University)

The Book of Odes and Zhou Environmental History

4:30 – 5:00  Rens Krijgsman (Oxford University)

The Duke of Zhou as Genre-defying Author in Early China

5:00 – 5:30  SSEC Business meeting