The Society for the Study of Early China Fifth Annual Conference

Thursday, 16 March 2017

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto, Leaside Room


Abstracts are available online here.


Session 1 Moderator: Charles Sanft (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

9:00 – 9:30  Huang Kuan-yun (National Tsing Hua University), “A Walk in the Night with Zhuangzi, Singing Songs of the South”

9:30 – 10:00 Paul Fischer (Western Kentucky University), “An ‘Empty’ Reading of the Laozi’s Opening Chapters”

10:00 – 10:30 Andrew Meyer (Brooklyn College), “Chronicle, Masters Text, or Other? The Yanzi chunqiu and the Question of Genre”

10:30 – 10:45  Break


Session 2 Moderator: Moonsil Kim (Rhode Island College)

10:45 – 11:15  Andrej Fech (Southern University of Science and Technology of China), “The Zhou xun on Abdication”

11:15 – 11:45  Paul Nicholas Vogt (Indiana University), “Bound by Bronze: Western Zhou Inscriptions between Center and Periphery”

11:45 – 12:15  Yegor Grebnev (University of Oxford), “The Many Origins and Multiple Descendants of the Warring States Authoritative Writings (shu)”


12:15 – 1:00 Break


1:00 – 2:00 Lunchtime Roundtable: Karen Turner (Holy Cross College), with Anthony Barbieri-Low (University of California, Santa Barbara), Sarah Queen (Connecticut College), Charles Sanft, and Robin D.S. Yates (McGill University)


Session 3 Moderator: Anne Kinney (University of Virginia)

2:15 – 2:45  Filippo Marsili (Saint Louis University), “The Bifurcation of Ritual: Li and Si between the Western and Eastern Han”

2:45 – 3:15  Thies Staack (Universität Heidelberg), “Different Form, Different Function, or Both? On the Distinction between 'die' and 'du' in Early Imperial China”

3:15 – 3:30  Break


Session 4 Moderator: Sarah Allan (Dartmouth College)

3:30 – 4:00 Lai Guolong (University of Florida), “Literacy Education and the Changing Nature of the Writing System in Early China”

4:00 – 4:30  Michael Lüdke (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), “What’s in a Scroll? – An Attempt to Make Sense of the Diagram of Slip Find Locations Published for the Zouyanshu from Zhangjiashan”

4:30 – 5:00  Hajnalka Elias (Cambridge University), “A Reassessment of Burial Practice as Reflected in Eastern Han Stone Sarcophagi from Sichuan”

5:00 – 5:30  SSEC Business meeting