Scholars

A directory of scholars working in the field of Ming studies.

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Name &
Contact
Affiliation Interests &
Projects
C. D. Alison Bailey
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University of British Columbia (Canada)
Faculty
Interests: Law, disorder, violence, filial revenge, history of emotions, literature, statecraft, mourning ritual, Ming loyalism.
Projects: Emotions (especially anger); filial revenge and mourning ritual; legal texts; Qiu Jun (statecraft project with Tim Brook et al.).
Kathlene Baldanza
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Pennsylvania State University (USA)
Faculty
 Interests: Social and cultural history; foreign relations.
Peter Bol
包弼德
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Harvard University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: history, geography, thought
Projects: local cultural history 12-17th century, Ming founding, fifteenth century
Katharine Burnett
陶幽庭
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University of California, Davis (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Chinese art history/visual and material culture from late Ming to contemporary; issues of originality and individuation in Ming; late Ming art historiography; painting, calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, etc.
History and culture of tea; historical development of the teapot; the spread of Chinese tea culture (outside of East Asia) along the maritime trade routes, 1550-1800.
Projects: Article forthcoming: “Decadence Disrupted: Arguing Against Decadence in Late Ming Art History,” for special issue: “Comparative Decadence in the Jiajing and Wanli Eras of the Ming,” Ming Studies.
Articles in preparation: “What Originality Looks Like in 17th Century Painting and Calligraphy in the Tsao Family Collection” for LACMA exhibition catalogue; “The Surprisingly Little We Know about Teapots and Trade Routes: Visual Evidence for Trade in Tea and Teapots from China to Vietnam in the Ming Dynasty” ; “Strange-Figure Painting of Seventeenth-Century China”;
Book on Wu Bin 吳彬 (ca. 1543- ca. 1626)
Aurelia Campbell
金田
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Lake Forest College (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Architecture of the Ming dynasty, Sino-Tibetan exchange, Buddhist arts, artistic practice and production, environmental and technological history
Projects: My current research focuses on the architecture and material culture of four temples constructed under Yongle and Xuande outside the capital: Qutansi and Dachongjiaosi in Qinghai and Gansu, the Daoist architectural complex on Mt. Wudang in Hubei, and Yongningsi in what is now present-day Telin, Russia. It identifies these monuments as important nodes of trans-cultural and trans-regional contact between the early Ming imperial court and remote regions of the country.
Katherine Carlitz
柯麗德
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University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Faculty
Interests: history, art history, gender studies, fiction, drama
Projects: intersection of Ming fiction and drama with social and gender history
Chen Kaijun
陳愷俊
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Columbia University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Literature, Book Culture, History of Ceramics
Shiau-Yun Chen
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Cornell University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Gender history, Legal history, History of Emotion, Violence and Family
Project: The major focus of my studies has been on the often surprising ways in which gender ideology are woven into patriarchal systems, focusing on the late imperial China. My master thesis focuses on the cultural history of female avengers in Ming dynasty, discussing the conflicts between revenge as a moral obligation and revenge as a violent behavior which was not only against social order, but also against the ideal image of subjugated women. My dissertation explores the negotiation of power and gender politics in domestic space. I will focus on the ways in which women’s violence that was woven into the family structure, and the ways in which the state sanctioned and attempted to suppress women’s violence in late imperial China.
Claude Chevaleyre
施振高
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Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France)
Graduate Student
Interests: Social history, human bondage, law, judicial history and practice, disorder and revolt, Qi Biaojia
Project:
Writing a dissertation on the nature and status of bondservants, I’m also interested in judicial practice and society as it appears through the reading of judicial casebooks. I also have a strong interest in local violence at the end of the dynasty. Future projects will focus on the figure of Qi Biaojia, on economic and social history.
Desmond Cheung
張海浩
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Portland State University
Faculty
Interests: Ming history, the history of Sino-European encounters and influences, early modern world
Project: The creation and representation of city sites in Ming Hangzhou, Ming statecraft thought
Timothy Clifford
柯靖銘
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University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Late imperial Chinese literature and literary theory; book history in East Asia; the classical Chinese essay
Project:
My current research focuses on classical prose anthologies of the Ming and early Qing.
John Dardess
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University of Kansas (USA)
Emeritus
Interests: Ming history
Projects: A biography of Xu Jie (1503-1583), based largely on his extensive official letters.
Hilde De Weerdt
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King’s College London (UK)
Faculty
Interests: imperial political culture, urban and environmental history, communication networks, intellecual history, comparative history
Projects: My next book-length study examines how information helps form a sense of place, more specifically, how information about places such as the court,the capital, borderlands, and local jurisdictions contributed to the formation of a sense of empire in imperial China.
A longer-term collaborative project, “China and the Historical Sociology of Empire”, examines the significance of political literacy and political communication in the maintenance of empire in Chinese history through the digital analysis of correspondence and notebooks. More info at https://chinese-empires.cch.kcl.ac.uk/index.html
Joe Dennis
戴思哲
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University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Social, legal, and book history
Projects: I am currently working on several projects: One is a history of legal education in China. Another is on schools in borderlands, and a third is on the circulation of books. I recently completed a book manuscript on the writing, publishing, and reading of local gazetteers.
Peter Ditmanson
戴彼得
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Oxford University (UK)
Faculty
Jennifer Eichman
艾靜文
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 (USA)
Faculty
Interests: I am a scholar of Buddhist traditions from the 14th c-21st c. I am most interested in the relationship between network and discourse. To that end, I have projects that incorporate epistolary sources, dietary culture, self-cultivation, and philosophical texts.
Jun Fang 方骏
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Huron University College (Canada)
Faculty
Interests: Political, military, and social history of 13th-17th century China
Projects: Annotated translation of Mao Xiang’s Yingmeian yiyu
Edward Farmer
范徳
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University of Minnesota (USA)
Emeritus
Interests: My interests include Ming history in general; gazetteer illustrations; comparative perspectives on Ming history; global perspectives on Ming history. I am also involved in publishing projects related to the Ming history research series. An English translation of Li Guangbi’s Brief History of the Ming Dynasty (1957) is being edited. I have made an English translation of the enclosed map.
Projects: I am currently working on an essay on the character and significance of ethnic diversity in the Ming empire
Michael Farris
傅立山
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Tunghai University 東海大學 (Taiwan)
Graduate Student
Interests: Intellectual History, philosophy, interactions with Europe/North America, religious and/or philosophical syncretism.
Projects: The effects of cultural bias on Chinese philosophical concepts from a historical perspective.
Noelle Giuffrida
焦娜薇
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Case Western Reserve University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Art History — Daoist paintings, printed books and scriptures from the Ming to early Qing, visual narratives of Daoist figures in the Ming, collection and display of Chinese painting in the U.S. during the 1950s-60s, Sherman Lee’s collecting and exhibitions of Chinese painting at mid-century
Projects: selected publications: “Transcendence, Thunder, and Exorcism: Images of the Daoist Patriarch Zhang Daoling in Paintings and Prints” in On Telling Images of China: Essays on Narrative and Figure Painting, edited by Shane McCausland and Yin Hwang (Hong Kong University Press, 2012); “The Right Stuff: Chinese Art Treasures’ Landing in Early 1960s America”
in The Reception of Chinese Art Across Cultures, edited by Michelle Y. L. Huang (Cambridge Scholars, 2012)
work in progress: “Apotheosis, Ascension, and Intervention: Constructing Visual Narratives for Zhenwu, the Perfected Warrior”; “Imagining Immortal Patriarchs: Portraits of Xu Xun and Lu Dongbin in Ming and Qing China”; Separating Sheep from Goats: Collecting and Displaying Chinese Painting in 1950s-60s America
Scott Gregory
葛思平
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National University of Singapore (Singapore)
Faculty
 Interests: I am interested in the development of vernacular fiction and the interactions of the genre with the changing culture of the printed book.
Projects: I am currently researching commercially-printed “benchao” historical fiction of the late Ming that depicts events from the dynasty’s early years.
Kenneth Hammond
韓慕肯
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New Mexico State University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Intellectual and political culture. Early capitalism in China. Confucian thought and society. Gardens. Biography.
Projects: Work on Wang Shizhen 王世貞 and 16th century political and literary culture. Intersections and influences between commercialization and intellectual culture. Wang Shizhen as political actor and the nature of political association in the middle Ming.
Robert E Hegel
何谷理
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Washington University St Louis (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Narrative fiction in classical and vernacular languages; popular and elite theater; book culture, printing, and circulation; illustrated texts. Representations of moral choices and indications of right and wrong in political, ethical/moral, and legal terms.
Projects: The early development of the novel during the middle and late Ming; the refinement of conventions and the range of experimentation with the form.
Martin Heijdra
何義壯
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Princeton University (USA)
Librarian
Interests: 1. History of the book, esp. typography
2. Socio-economic history
Natasha Heller
賀耐嫻
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UCLA (USA)
Faculty
Interests: religion, Buddhism, intellectual and cultural history
Roland L. Higgins
夏樂南
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Keene State College (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Late Imperial China (Song-Qing), political, diplomatic, and military history, including, Sino-Japanese (esp. tribute-trade, diplomacy, and war), Sino-Mongol (trade and war), Sino-Korean (tributary relations), and Sino-European relations (China’s views of Jesuits, Portuguese and international maritime trade), Northern border and Coastal Defense, the Ming Great Wall, Urban and other Strategic Fortifications, Chinese Maritime History, Piracy and Smuggling, Shipbuilding, Archaeology, Zheng He’s voyages, Harbors and Ports from Zhejiang to Guangdong, and the Silk Road.
Field Experiences: I have retraced the route of Zheng He’s ships by water from Nanjing as far as to the Red Sea and have explored Northern China’s frontier overland from the Yalu River through Inner Mongolia as far as Dunhuang in Gansu. I have explored maritime East Asia by sea from Kobe through Shimonoseki to Pusan, to Keelong, Taibei, Tainan, Dalian, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Putuo Island, Hong Kong, Macau, the Yangzi from Nanjing to Shanghai, and the Grand Canal from Hangzhou to Suzhou.
Projects: Northern frontier and coastal defense as it relates to tribute and trade, smuggling, piracy and raiding, strategic and military concerns; decision-making, central policy and local practice. (cf. doctoral dissertation, “Piracy and Coastal Defense in the Ming Period: Government Response to Coastal Disturbances, 1523-1549,” overview in Ming Studies 10, “Pirates in Gowns and Caps”; “Deserts and Islands: The Last Attempt by Ming Dynasty Border Officials to Reclaim Control of Two Strategic Regions, 1547-49,” presented at the Conference on Chinese Frontier History, sponsored by the Ecole Française d’Extrême Orient at Academia Sinica, Taipei (unpublished, 2006). Ongoing: “Rumor in Nanjing: Contextualizing the Anti-Christian Persecution of 1616-21.” Preliminary: “Frontier Control and Imperial Expansionism in World History: the Example of Ming China’s Yongle Emperor Crossing the Boundaries of Land and Sea.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the World History Association, Capital Normal University, Beijing, July 2011.
Kayi Ho
何嘉誼
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UCLA (USA)
Grad Student
Interests: Court painting, Buddhist and Daoist painting, illustrated book, and gender studies
Projects: Court production of the Wanli court
Hu Xiaobai
胡箫白
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University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests:Urban Culture; Popular Religion; East Asian Knowledge Circulation; Comparative Frontier History
Projects: My current research focuses on urban culture of Ming-Qing Nanjing and Sino-Tibetan relations during the Ming and early-Qing time.
Amy Huang
黃書梅
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Brown University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests:Landscape paintings, print culture, Late Ming culture, collecting practice, Ming-Qing “transition”
Projects: Late Ming-Early Qing Nanjing paintings
Hu Yongguang
胡永光
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James Madison University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Civil Service Examinations, Governmental Education, Neo-Confucianism, Early Ming Society
Ming-shui Hung
洪銘水
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Brooklyn College-CUNY (USA), Retiree; Tunghai University, Taiwan Interests: Late Ming literary & Intellectual history; Chinese writers of the May Fourth Era; Taiwanese Classical poetry in Ming-Qing & Japanese colonial periods; Contemporary Taiwan Aboriginal writers
Projects: Critics of Neo-Confucianism in Late Ming
Book: The Romantic Vision of Yuan Hung-tao, Late Ming Poet and Critic, Taipei: Bookman Books LTD, 1997
Article:「明末文化烈士李卓吾的生死觀」,東海學報 37卷(1998),43-62
Li-ling Hsiao
蕭麗玲
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Taiwan
Faculty
Interests: Book illustration, Drama, Painting, Poetry, Print culture
Projects: Published book: The Eternal Present of the Past: Performance, Illustration, and Reading in the Wanli Period (1573-1619) [Leiden: Brill, 2007]
Current: Drama Illustration as Drama Criticism: Political Loyalty vs. Filial Piety in The Late Ming Illustrated Editions of Pipa ji
Future Projects: Beyond Words: Pictorial Metaphor in the Ten Bamboo Studio Stationery Catalogue
Jiang Yonglin
姜永琳
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Bryn Mawr College (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Chinese Law; Chinese ethnicity; Chinese identity
Projects: Legal culture in the late Ming; Miao law and culture since the Ming dynasty
Philip Kafalas
高化嵐
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Georgetown University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Late-imperial non-fiction prose, especially personal reminiscences and memoirs; the subjective elements of biji; architecture, place and dream as structuring written memory of self; literary depictions of music making.
Projects: The Songchuang mengyu 松窗夢語 of Zhang Han (張瀚 1510-1593) as a form of memoir that draws on categories of knowledge from leishu (encyclopedias) to depict its author’s experience of the world.
Theresa Kelleher
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Manhattanville College (USA)
Faculty
Macabe Keliher
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Harvard University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Law, political organization, ritual
Projects: Administrative law and the Ming and Qing Huidian
Elizabeth Kindall
金漪妮
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University of St. Thomas (USA)
Faculty
Interests: landscape painting, topographical/place painting, function and visual experience in art, Huang Xiangjian 黃向堅, southwest China, Ming-Qing transition
Projects: painted “geo-narratives” of specific places in Ming China
Yuhang Li
李雨航
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University of Wisconsin at Madison (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Gender and material practice, the cult of Guanyin and image making, women artists, history of Chinese textile and costume, opera and Chinese visual culture
Chunghao Kuo
郭忠豪
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NYU (Taiwan)
Graduate Student
Interests: Material culture, Food culture, Animal culture
Projects: Food Study in Early Modern China
Ivy Maria Lim
林美玲
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National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Postdoc
Interests: Ming history in general, but particularly social history, lineage and genealogies in the Jiangnan region and maritime history (especially relating to the wokou).
Projects: Market towns in Jiangnan and the writing of their histories in late imperial China.
Peng Liu
劉鵬
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Columbia University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: My research is concerned with the intersection of late imperial Chinese fiction and Daoism. I examine how the Chinese novel uses religious elements to narrate the story, which makes religious ideas accessible to common readers, thereby bridging the gap between religious and secular discourses.
Weiwei Luo
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Columbia University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Legal history, religion, communications, material culture, economic history.
Projects:Ongoing: the publication and communication of financial information in late imperial China; inheritance in legal practices.
Past: Buddhist monasteries in the 16th to 18th centuries.
Future: an intellectual and cultural history of fortune telling in the Ming and Qing periods
Richard John Lynn
林理彰
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University of Toronto (Canada)
Faculty
Interests: Chinese literary thought; poetry; literati culture; intellectual history; arts
Ma Linfei
马躏非
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Art School of Renmin University (China)
Faculty
Interests: Dong Qichang’s influence on the painting and art theory in the early Qing
Projects: I have focused on the art history of the Late Ming from my advanced degree study to now. My doctoral dissertation is “Research on Dong Qichang.” In thfollowing years, I have gradually published articles: “Southern and Northern Schools of landscape painting, raised by Dong Qichang – the view on history of literati painting,” “The influence of literature thoughts of the middle of Ming Dynasty on Dong Qichang ‘ s arts,” “Confucianism in Dong Qichang’s arts theory,” and so on. At present, I pay close attention to Dong Qichang’s influence on the painting and art theory in the early Qing.
Ma Zoudan
馬奏旦
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University of British Columbia (Canada)
Graduate Student
Interests: Ming History, Social History, East Asian International Relations, Choson Korea
Projects: Ming-Qing transition, local history of Liaodong/ Manchuria/ Northeast China
Alastair Ewan Macdonald
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SOAS (UK)
Graduate Student
Interests: Vernacular fiction, translation
Projects: I am currently working on researching the competing cultural mores evident in Ling Mengchu’s Erpai collections.
Stephen McDowall
馬蒂文
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University of Edinburgh (UK)
Faculty
Interests: Ming history and literature; landscape; travel writing; material and visual culture. My first book, Qian Qianyi’s Reflections on Yellow Mountain: Traces of a Late-Ming Hatchet and Chisel, was published in 2009 (Hong Kong University Press).
Projects: Nanjing during the Ming-Qing transition; the afterlife of the Ming dynasty.
Neil McGee
梅冠群
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Columbia University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: religion, Daoism, social and cultural history
Carla Nappi
那葭
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University of British Columbia (Canada)
Faculty
Interests: History of science, medicine, and technology; China; Central Asia; Translation; Manchu language
Projects: My research explores the ways translation shaped how the natural world and human bodies, and the relationships between them, were understood, manipulated, and transformed in the context of Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) governance and imperial expansion. Transregional flows and transformations of objects, people, and texts are central to ongoing projects that treat contexts of intellectual and material exchange across Central and Eastern Eurasia.
Susan Naquin
韓書瑞
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Princeton University (USA)
Faculty
Projects: The material culture of temples in North China, Ming and Qing; the cult of Bixia Yuanjun.
Margaret WS Ng
黃薇湘
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website
College of Wooster (USA)
Faculty
Projects: History of medicine, gender, body, pain, techniques
Barend Noordam
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website
Leiden University (Netherlands)
Graduate Student
Interests: Military history; violence, state & society; empire/state formation; armies & society; intercultural perceptions & interactions; early modern Europe-Asia interaction (political, diplomatic & military); technological & cultural transfer; transculturation
Projects: Qi Jiguang (1528-1588): his writings, military innovations and recruitment policies in the context of the frontier defense of a sixteenth century empire. His policies and ideas will be put in the wider context of early modern Eurasian imperial frontier armies and technological change. In addition I will address the question to what extent he was representative of the military elites at this period, or if his figure was indicative of new developments in civil-military relationships.
Huiping Pang
彭慧萍
Stanford University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Ming politics & collecting culture
Yasushi OKI
大木康
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University of Tokyo (Japan)
Faculty
Interests: Ming and Qing Literature. Society and culture of the late Ming and early Qing Jiangnan; topics such as Print Culture, Courtesans, Civil Service Examinations etc.
Projects:
Late Ming and early Qing Literati, Feng Menglong, Mao Xiang etc.
OKI, Yasushi and Paolo Santangelo. Shan’ge, the ‘Mountain Songs’. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2011.
Anna Pawlowski
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Stanford University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Art history, late Ming/early Qing figurative painting, Buddhist art, popular religion and lay belief
Projects: My current project analyzes the Buddhist paintings of the devout lay believer and elite gentleman Wu Bin (c. 1543-1626), re-contextualizing his images as simultaneously sites of social discourse for elite, lay Buddhists and the monastic community and repositories of an individual’s understanding of popular religion and Buddhist thought.
Ihor Pidhainy
裴海寧
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University of West Georgia (USA)
Faculty
Interests: intellectual history; Scholars, exile, biography, women’s lives
Projects: Yang Shen, Huang E, families in Ming, Jiajing reign; The Mingshi
Bruce Rusk
阮思德
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University of British Columbia (Canada)
Faculty
Interests: Cultural history, book history, material culture, especially problems of forgery and authenticity, the status of canonical texts, the circulation and classification of knowledge.
Projects: I am currently working on a monograph about how the category of the authentic was defined and debated from the mid-Ming to early Qing, in both scholarly and popular domains.
Sarah Schneewind
施珊珊
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University of California, San Diego (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Political and religious thought and practice, and social and institutional history. Intellectual and material connections with Europe and early America.
Tim Sedo
司徒鼎
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Concordia University (Canada)
Faculty
Interests: Environmental History, Statecraft, Natural Disasters, Locust Infestations, Environmental Governance and Disaster Management, Historical Entomology, North China Plain, Local History, Water Control, Agrarian History, Early Modern World
Projects: I am currently developing two distinct research topics concerning the history of environmental statecraft in Late Imperial China. The first is a full length monograph that examines the history of locusts, locust infestations, and preventative locust control techniques in the Ming and Qing periods and explores the global circulation of these ideas through early modern Jesuit networks. The second examines the historical meanings associated with China’s first fully historical hydro-bureaucrat, Ximen Bao and the various transmutations of his local cult over the late imperial period.
Bin Shen
申斌
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Sun Yat-sen University (China)
Graduate Student
Interests: fiscal history
Projects: the transformation of fiscal system between Ming and Qing
Lynn Struve
司徒琳
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Indiana University (USA)
Emerita
Interests: Intellectual, cultural, and political history of late Ming and early Qing
Projects: “The Dreaming Mind and the End of the Ming World”
Roy Sturgeon
罗义
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Tulane University (USA)
Librarian
Interests: Legal history (esp. free/political speech)
Projects: Chinese legal history bibliography/book (all areas & dynasties/eras)
Article on free speech in China (past & present)
Kenneth Swope
石 康
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University of Southern Mississippi (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Late Imperial Chinese military, social, political, and diplomatic history. Also international relations in the Ming era and comparative military history.
Projects: I have just completed a manuscript on the military collapse of the Ming that will be published in 2013 by Routledge. My next project will be a study of the Ming efforts to annex Annam. After that I plan on writing a collective biography of the late Ming peasant rebel leader Zhang Xianzhong and his lieutenants. My previous monograph focused on Ming efforts against the Japanese in Korea.
Michael Szonyi
宋怡明
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Harvard University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Local history of southeast China; family, lineage and kinship; local cults; connections between China and southeast Asia; Cold War in Asia, especially Quemoy
Projects: Social history of military households (军户) and garrison communities (卫所) in Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong; piracy and anti-piracy campaigns in mid-Ming; tax and corvee systems; interest in Ming in contemporary China
Minoru Takano
高野実
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University of British Columbia (Canada)
Graduate Student
Interests: Old Phraseology 古文辭, Former and Latter Seven Masters 前後七子, Registers of Language between Literary/Classical and Vernacular/Secular, Authorship, Genres, Anthology as Canon
Projects: Authorship of Tang Poetry Anthology Tangshi xuan 唐詩選 attributed to Li Panlong 李攀龍 (1514-1570), Emphasis on Vernacular and Secular Songs by Old Phraseology
Tian Yuan Tan
陳靝沅
website · email
SOAS, University of London (UK)
Faculty
Interests: drama, sanqu, fiction, literary history, local communities and cultures
Projects: Mid-Ming; court theater and entertainment; Tang Xianzu
Alexander Wille
魏立德
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Washington University in St Louis (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Illustrated fiction, vernacular fiction, huaben xiaoshuo, Feng Menglong, Gujin Xiaoshuo, narrative theory.
Projects: My current research project consists of reading the late Ming vernacular collection Gujin Xiaoshuo by way of its paratext. I have previously studied the role of gardens in Mudan ting and studied the visual development of the Monk Sand in illustrated Ming and Qing editions of Xiyou ji.
Suzanne Wright
芮粟杉
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University of Tennessee (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Ming – early Qing painting and prints, generally.
Projects: Woodblock printed papers for letter and other writing and related imagery in illustrations to printed texts. Woodblock printed cards for drinking games. Currently working on an exhibition of Ming and Qing prints on the theme of gardens with June Li of the Huntington Gardens, etc. for 2015 or 16.
Chelsea Zi Wang
王紫
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Columbia University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Book culture, information transmission, geography, comparative history, medieval Japan
Projects: I am working on a doctoral dissertation that examines how Ming literati’s senses of space were shaped by the forms of transportation, news networks, and book distribution. Specifically, my research focuses on the province of Huguang 湖廣, asking how space was organized within the province, how people and information moved into and out of it, and how people from other regions of the empire represented Huguang’s famous sites in poetry and paintings.
Xu Sufeng
徐素鳳
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Bucknell University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Late Ming courtesan and literati culture; High Qing women poets and companionate marriage; intellectual history in late imperial (Ming-Qing) China
Projects: I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Lotus Flowers Rising from the Dark Mud: Courtesans, Poetry, and Politics in Late Ming China.” It provides a new explanation for the flourishing of late Ming courtesan and literati culture: the rising prominence of learned and literary courtesans was strongly connected to a new social formation of nonconformist literati, the so-called men of the mountains (shanren 山人) who gained increasing influence and popularity in mid-and late Ming Jiangnan (South of the Yangzi River). These non-official urban elites of Jiangnan fashioned themselves as retired literati, devoting themselves to art, recreation, and self-invention, instead of government office.I also conduct research on the phenomenon of companionate marriage in 18th century China, an era known for the revival of Confucian orthodoxy. It is striking that the central figures behind the propagation of women’s talent in the High Qing were largely prominent officials and/or classical scholars whose names were included in the “Rulin zhuan” 儒林傳 (Biography of Confucianists) in the Qingshi gao 清史稿. Women’s culture, once part of the “artistic and hedonistic counterculture” deeply rooted in late Ming Jiangnan, had become a legitimate part of accepted orthodoxy in the High Qing.
Recent scholarship
“Domesticating Romantic Love during the High Qing Classical Revival: Poetic Exchanges between Wang Zhaoyuan (1763-1851) and Her Husband Hao Yixing (1757-1829).” Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China 15.2 (2013): 219-64.
“The Rhetoric of Legitimation: Prefaces to Women’s Poetry Collections from the Song to the Ming.” Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China 8.2 (2006): 255-89.
Xie Yang
解扬
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History Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (China)
Faculty
Interests: Intellectual history. Social and legal history of Ming China
Projects: Statecraft thought. Art history and social transition. Ghost anecdotes and legal history.
Wei Yang
魏陽
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University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Ming intellectual history, literary culture, transformation of Neo-Confucianism, political and institutional changes in the late-Ming. Encyclopedias and popular history books published in the Ming.
Projects: Intellectual transformations and institutional innovations related to public opinion and public reasoning in the late Ming
Wu Yinghui
吴颖慧
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Washington University in St. Louis (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Ming and Qing fiction, Chuanqi plays and drama criticism, Kunqu opera, theater and performance, print culture, literati culture during the Ming-Qing transition
Projects: I’m working on my dissertation, in which I study the critical treatments of Pipa ji 琵琶記 and Xixiang ji 西廂記 and the physical presentations of the two plays in “paired editions” during late Ming-early Qing period. I explore different types of reading audiences’ responses to the plays as literary fashions and political pressures changed through time, to examine the many layers of the meanings of “canon” and their transformation in late imperial China.
Jimmy Yu
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Florida State University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: The history of the body in Chinese religions, Buddhist material culture, Chan/Zen Buddhisms, and popular religious movements within the broader context of fifteenth to seventeenth centuries China.
Projects: His first book, Sanctity and Self-Inflicted Violence in Chinese Religions, 1500-1700 (Oxford University Press, 2012), explores self-inflicted violence as an essential and sanctioned part of late Ming culture.
Tsing Yuan
袁清
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Emeritus Interests: Ming economic history, Southeast Asian connections, Central Asia and Islamic history.
Projects: Ming Jiangnan, Huizhou, underwater ceramics archaeology.
Judith Zeitlin
蔡九迪
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University of Chicago (USA)
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Ying Zhang
張穎
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The Ohio State University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Political history, gender history, history of religion
Projects: Ming-Qing transition
History of Confucianism in early modern China
Harriet Zurndorfer
宋漢理
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Leiden University (Netherlands)
Faculty
Interests: Social, economic, and local history; gender studies; history of knowledge.
Recent Publications: “Contracts, Property Rights, and Litigation – Intermediation and Adjudication in the Huizhou Region (Anhui) in Sixteenth Century China,” in Debin Ma and Jan Luiten van Zanden, eds., Law and Long-Term Economic Change: A Eurasian Perspective (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011), pp. 91-114.
“Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Confucian Moral Universe of Late Ming China (1550-1644),” International Review of Social History 56 S (2011), 197-216

 

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