History, Philology, and the Nation in the Chinese Humanities

All day
Through September 17, 2013

Sep. 16

This planning workshop brought together Chinese scholars from Asia and the West to consider the problem of how history-writing contributes to the ongoing construction of the present.  This year there will be a particular focus on “Guoxue”, or National Studies, whose leaders seek to find a new role in contemporary education for the traditional Chinese ordering of the disciplines.  The goal of the workshop was to begin planning for our three years of scholarly exchange sponsored by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago.  (More on this project at the Neubauer site.)

The afternoon of September 16 featured a panel discussion open to the public titled “The Genres of Historiography and the Historical Imagination in China”.  Invited presenters gave 15 to 20 minutes of remarks pertinent to the overall project, then audience members shared ideas and comments.  Scholars in the humanities and history from Beijing had been invited to attend this open session.

Organizers: Haun Saussy (Department of Comparative Literature) and Judith Farquhar (Department of Anthropology) in collaboration with Fudan University, Tsinghua University, and Beijing Foreign Studies University.

(Photos by Yuxuan Li)