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A New View of Western Zhou Chronology: The Reigns of Kings Li and Xuan 西周年代問題新釋:厲王、宣王時代

2019/11/8 | 11:00 – 12:30




2019/11/8 | 11:00 – 12:30
Speaker: Professor Edward L. Shaughnessy
Venue: Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, Level 7, Shaw Tower, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong
Language: Mandarin

Biography: As a world leading philologist, paleographer, and historian, Prof. Shaughnessy has been a key figure in American Sinology since the 1980’s and has made a major contribution in the cultural and literary history of the Zhou period through the study of its archaeologically recovered and traditionally received textual materials. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities in the study of three ancient Chinese classics: Zhou Yi, Shang shu and Shi jing, and has considerably advanced the study of bronze inscriptions, manuscript culture, and Early Chinese chronology. His major fields of research are Western Zhou and Warring States cultural history, paleography, and study of the Classic of Changes.

Abstract: The study of ancient Chinese chronology was one of the most celebrated topics of the late twentieth century, when the Chinese government funded the Xia-Shang-Zhou Chronology Project. Twenty years later, the results of that project have not aged well. In this presentation, I examine the evidence for just two reigns, those of Kings Li and Xuan toward the end of the Western Zhou period, to show where the Chronology Project went wrong and some ways that it might be improved.

The Institute of Creativity Distinguished Visitor Programme is a perennial scheme of HKBU, aiming to nurture the creativity of the teaching staff and students and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration. The HKBU Institute of Creativity Visiting Fellowship Scheme is sponsored by Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation.

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