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  • Rethinking the Structure and Typology of Liturgical Texts From Dunhuang

    Thu, Dec 6, 2018, 4:30 pm

    This talk gives an overview of recent thinking on the typology and structure of the liturgical texts found among the Dunhuang manuscripts. I propose dividing the thousands of liturgical texts found at Dunhuang into two main categories: liturgical protocols(zhaiyi 齋儀) and liturgies (zhaiwen 齋文). Liturgical protocols (sometimes called “written protocols,” shuyi 書儀) were used as references for drafting liturgies.

  • Eavesdropping on the Perfected: Reading the Zhengao 真誥

    Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 4:30 pm

    The Zhengao 真誥or Declarations of the Perfected is a collection of revealed material and textual fragments assembled by the eminent scholar and Daoist Tao Hongjing 陶弘景(456-536). The revelations included poems, instructions, and meditation methods received by the Daoist Yang Xi 楊羲(330-ca. 386) from a new class of deity (Perfected beings真人) and shared by him with his patrons and students in a single family, the Xu’s. The recipients were not passive, but responded with questions and remarks of their own, prompting further revelations.

  • The 2019 Annual Mote Lecture

    Wed, Feb 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

    The Public Performance of Justice: The Transcultural Career of an Early Chinese Political Installation Across Eurasia

  • Dreaming Dharma's Decline: An Indian Buddhist Vaticinium ex event

    Thu, Oct 4, 2018, 4:30 pm

    Indian Buddhist literature preserves in a variety of forms a short episode of royal dreams and their interpretation by a holy figure. Several strands of this complex of closely related episodes found their way into Arabic, Persian and eventually Slavic and other literatures, moving out of Buddhist Asia and reaching even the far corners of Europe. This lecture introduces the sources, and proposes ways to think about them from a variety of perspectives: narratively, rhetorically, politically, and of course religiously.

  • 訓点、音義、辞書: Gloss to Glossary East and West

    Fri, Sep 21, 2018, 4:30 pm

    This presentation is part of a project comparing vernacular glossing in East Asia to glossing traditions in the medieval West (Moran and Whitman under review). The specific comparison here involves the role of glosses in dictionary compilation.

  • China's Environment on a Metacoupled Planet

    Wed, Oct 3, 2018, 4:30 pm

    In the past four decades, China’s economic miracle has been shadowed by many environmental challenges with global implications. This talk will highlight long-term trends and consequences of China’s major environmental issues, such as air pollution, biodiversity loss, climate change, land degradation, and water pollution and shortages. It will illustrate their driving forces across a metacoupled planet with human-nature interactions within and among countries. The talk will also show achievements and ongoing efforts of environmental protection.

  • Peking Opera Forum

    Sat, Oct 6, 2018, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm

    An introduction to Peking Opera, including fully-staged excerpts performed by Princeton University students from the Shanghai Peking Opera Summer Immersion Program.

    9:30 a.m. Opening Reception

    10:00 a.m. Introduction & Discussion

    11:00 a.m.  Performance, Part 1

    11:50 a.m. Light buffet lunch

    12:30 p.m. Performance, Part 2

    1:30 p.m. Q & A

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