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Welcome to the home page of the Society for Ming Studies. The Society is a scholarly organization that promotes the study of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). It publishes a journal and a book series, as well as sponsoring panels on Ming topics at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. This site includes both information about the Society and its activities and material of wider interest to scholars of the Ming.

This page is hosted by the Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia, with support from the Department of Asian Studies. The Society is an independent organization not affiliated with or sponsored by UBC.

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AAS Panels on Ming Topics

Ihor Pidhainy, editor of Ming Studies, has created a helpful list of Ming-related panels and papers at the 2019 AAS annual meeting in Denver.

AAS 2019 Annual Meeting – Ming Papers

Thursday March 21, 2019

7:30PM-9:15PM

Panel 23

Book Matters: The Circulation of Literature and Organization of Knowledge in Pre-Modern China

Terrace, Tower Building

  • Yunshuang Zhang, Wayne State University, “A Diversity of Voices: The Collected Commentaries on Su Shi’s Poetry”
  • Naixi Feng, University of Chicago, “Inhabiting the Northern Landscape: Beijing and the Collected Travelogues in the Late Ming”
  • Yanmei Cai, University of Tokyo, “‘Mountain Men’ and Epistolary Collections in the Late Ming: A Case Study on Wang Zhideng’s Collected Letters”
  • Joseph Dennis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Donating Books to School Libraries in Ming and Qing China”

Panel 30

In Search of Artisans in China: Reading Words and Objects

Beverly, Tower Building

  • Susan Naquin, Princeton University, “Names on Things: Working-Class Artisans in Late Imperial North China”

Panel 34

Tear and Repair: How Rebellions Strengthened the Ming-Qing State

Columbine, Tower Building, Terrace Level

  • Haiwei Liu, University of Southern California, “Heterodoxy or Orthodoxy: Confucian Elements in a Messianic Rebellion”
  • George Israel, Middle Georgia State University, “How and Why Wang Yangming Strengthened the State”
  • Yiming Ha, University of California, Los Angeles, “Trade, War, and the Court: The Hidden Significance of the 1521 Gansu Mutiny”

Discussant: Sarah Schneewind, University of California, San Diego

FRIDAY MARCH 22, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:45      

Panel 42

The Swirling Winds: Cultural Exchange in East Asia, 8th-16th Centuries

Grand Ballroom 1, Tower Building

  • Huiping Pang, Art Institute of Chicago, “The Voyaging Dragon: How Ming-Era Diplomacy Inspired the Painting Style of Muromachi Japan (14th-16th c.)”

Panel 61

Confronting Displacement: Responses to War, Violence, and Trauma in Premodern China PTower Court C, Tower Building

  • Najung Kim, Stanford University, “Empty Pavilions: Two Landscapes by Ni Zan (1301-1374) during China’s Yuan-Ming Dynastic Transitional Era”
  • Ka-Yi Ho, Chinese University of Hong Kong, “Invitation to Reclusion: Xiang Shengmo (1597-1658) and His Art beyond the Ming-Qing Transition”

 

Panel 67

The Impact of Visual and Material Cultural Networks in the Mongol Empire and Beyond

Tower Court B, Tower Building

  • Shih-Shan Huang, Rice University, “Elite Uighurs as Cultural Middlemen of Buddhist Books and Woodcuts in the Mongol Empire”
  • Yong Cho, Yale University, “Carving a Multicultural Empire on Stones: Juyongguan from a Trans-Regional Perspective”
  • Yusen Yu, University of Heidelberg, “Paper on the Move in Mongol and Post-Mongol Eurasia”

11:15 am – 1:00 pm

Panel 106

The Sixth Relationship: Representations of Mentor-Disciple Relationships in Late Imperial China PSpruce, Tower Building

  • Ying Zhang, Ohio State University, “Spirituality of the Shi-Sheng Relationship in the Ming Literati World”
  • Rivi Handler-Spitz, Macalester College, “Nobody’s Disciple, Nobody’s Master: Li Zhi as Student and Teacher”
  • Yinghui Wu, University of California, Los Angeles, “When the Mentor’s Daughter Becomes the Protégé’s Wife: A Woman’s Voice in Master-Disciple Relationships
  • Maram Epstein, University of Oregon, “The Sixth Relationship and Constructing a Matriarchal Community in Mengying yuan”

Panel 107

The Social World of Late Ming Military Knowledge

Savoy, Tower Building

  • Barend Noordam, Freie Universitat Berlin, “Singleton No More? The Socio-Cultural Embeddedness of Qi Jiguang’s Military Manuals”
  • Sarah Basham, University of British Columbia, “Navigating Deep Waters: Military Encyclopedism and the Donglin Faction”
  • Yang Xie, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, “The Gap of Knowledge: Xu Rijiu and the Formation of Military Knowledge for the State”

1:30 pm -3:15 pm  

Panel 114

Smuggling, Violence, and State in East Asian Maritime World

PPlaza Court 7, Plaza Building

  • Jing Liu, Syracuse University, “Evaders, Castaways, and Pirates: Chinese-Korean Maritime Security in the Sixteenth Century”
  • Sunkyu Lee, University of California, Los Angeles, “Jiangnan’s View of Pirate Traders in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century China”

Panel 134

Accounting and Governmentality in Late Imperial China

Plaza Court 2, Plaza Building

  • Dagmar Schäfer, Max Planck Institute, for the History of Science, “The Value of Work: Time and Modal Choices in Ming”
  • Noa Grass, Tel Aviv University, “Corvée Labour Counting Horses in Early Ming China”
  • Bin Shen, Peking University, “The Heritage of the Ming Dynasty: The Formation of The Complete Book of Land Tax and Services in the Shunzhi Reign (1644-1662)”

Panel 135

Eurasia and the Mid-14th-Century Crisis: The Collapse of the Mongol Empire

Plaza Court 3, Plaza Building

  • Vered Shurany, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “The Collapse of the Yuan Dynasty: Military Commanders between the Qa’an’s Army and the Local Militias”
  • Ishayahu Landa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem International, “Between Loyalty, Chinggisid Principle and Self-Aggrandisement: Regional Jochid Elites in “The Times of Troubles” (1359-1390)”
  • Màrton G. Vèr, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, “Overland Communication and the Mongol Empire’s Mid-14th-Century Crisis”

Panel 136

Gender, Locality, and Cultural Politics: An Expanded “Localist Turn” from Ming to Republican China

Plaza Court 6, Plaza Building

  • Yongtao Du, University of Oklahoma, “The State and the Hometown: Statesmen from Anyang in Late Imperial and Republican China”

 

3:45 pm -5:30 pm

Panel 156

Writing on the Margin: Women and Cultural Dynamics in Premodern East Asia

Director’s Row J, Plaza Building

  • Jiani Chen, SOAS University of London, “Thrilling and Threatening: The Images of Knight-Errant Courtesans in the Ming Dynasty

Panel 172

Authors, Editors, Encyclopedists and the Reconstruction of Knowledge in Chinese and Inner Asian History (600-1600)

PPlaza Court 5, Plaza Building

  • Zuoting Wen, Arizona State University, “Encountering Transoxiana: Yelü Chucai’s Poems from Thirteenth-Century Samarkand and Bukhara”
  • Noga Ganany, Boston University, “Divine Landscapes: Geography, Print Culture, and Religious Practice in Two Late-Ming Encyclopedias”

Panel 179

Rock Formations: Stone as Material, Medium, and Metaphor in China

Plaza Court 3, Plaza Building

  • Thomas Kelly, University of Michigan, “He Zhen’s Corpse: Inventing the “Soft Stone Seal” in Late Ming China”
  • Phillip Bloom, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens,“Medium and Materiality in Wu Bin’s Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone”

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

 ******Society for Ming Studies Event*****

Governor’s Square 11

“Thanks to a grant from the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation, in addition to our usual business, we will also hear pechakucha-style (read: six minutes per person) research presentations from nine Ming scholars. The presenters will highlight their primary argument, key sources used, and explore the ways in which their research connects to the Ming. It should be an interesting evening! Afterwards, we will adjourn for drinks and continued conversation”

Brigid Vance, President, Society for Ming Studies.

  • Monica Klasing Chen, Leiden University, “Profitable Memory: Publishing Memory Aids for Calligraphy and Painting during the Ming Dynasty.”
  • Shiau-Yun Chen, Cornell University, “Mothers of Loving-Kindness: Authorizing and Maximizing Mothers’ Legitimate Violence in the Disciplining of Children in Ming Families.”
  • Ilsoo David Cho, Harvard University’s Korea Institute, “The Ming-Choson Relations after 1592.”
  • Christopher Eirkson, Franklin and Marshall College, “The Yuan, Ming, and Cross-Eurasian Connections.”
  • Xiaobai Hu, University of Pennsylvania, “Unruly Mountain: Transformative Encounters in the Chinese-Tibetan Borderland, 1371-1701.”
  • Sunkyu Lee, University of California, Los Angeles, “Jiangnan’s View of Pirate Traders in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century China.”
  • Haiwei Liu, The University of Southern California, “Confucian Elements in a Messianic Rebellion: Rethinking the Origins of the Dynastic Name ‘Ming.’”
  • Jing Liu, Syracuse University, “Border Controls and Maritime Interactions between China and Korea, 1500-1637.”
  • Eloise Wright, University of California, Berkeley, “Writing about the Locality in Dali, Yunnan, 1253-1675.”

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019

9:00 Am – 10:45 am  

Panel 183

China beyond China: Inter-Circulation of Chinese and Southeast Asian Ceramics, 14th-18th Cs

Sponsored by Society for Ming Studies

Director’s Row I, Plaza Building

Chaired by Lucille Chia, University of California, Riverside

  • Rie Ong, New York University, “When Temasek Met China: Trade and Consumer Culture in Singapore, 14th-16th Centuries”
  • Pariwat Thammapreechakorn, Freer|Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, “Thai Trade Ware in the 14th-18th Centuries: Inspiration from and Competition with Chinese Ceramics”
  • Xiaoyi Yang, Bard Graduate Center, ”A Color and Brush Duet: Reading Zhangzhou Polychrome Dishes with the “Split Pagoda” Motif”
  • Lucille Chia, University of California, Riverside, “The Rise and Decline of Export Ceramics Production Centers in South China, Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries”

Discussant: Katharine Burnett, University of California, Davis

Panel 208

Bodies in Transition: Corporeal Perspectives on Premodern and Modern China

PPlaza Court 8, Plaza Building

  • Guojun Wang, Vanderbilt University, “Washing Away Wrongs: Dead Bodies in Yuan-Ming Crime Dramas”

Panel 210

Cartography and Cultural Identity in Ming-Qing China

Director’s Row E, Plaza Building

  • Yonglin Jiang, Bryn Mawr College, “Mapping Zhongguo, Mapping Ming: Identity Building in Ming Cartography”
  • Kenneth Hammond, New Mexico State University, “Visual Representations of Urban Space in Ming Local Gazetteers”
  • Christopher Eirkson, Franklin & Marshall College, “Do Maps Make an Empire? Defining “Empire” on the Ming Frontiers”
  • Discussant: Edward Farmer, University of Minnesota

Panel 212

Literature, Gender, and Politics: The Construction of Regional Culture in Late Imperial China Director’s Row H, Tower Building

  • Kin-yip Hui, City University of Hong Kong, “Hu Yinglin’s (1551-1602) Construction of the Literary and Scholarly Traditions in Jinhua County during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)”

Panel 218

Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying 218 (ca. 1495-1552)

Governor’s Square 14, Plaza Building

  • Einor K. Cervone, American Museum of Natural History, “The Chameleon Master Adds Snake Legs: The Art and Reception of Qiu Ying”
  • Wan Kong, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “A Wu School Master Unlike Any Other: Examining Song Influences in Qiu Ying’s Paintings”
  • Yeewan Koon, University of Hong Kong, “Qiu Ying, Inter-Pictoriality, and Pictorial Wit in Ming China”
  • Wen-mei Hsu, National Palace Museum, Taipei, “A Study of Qiu Ying’s Spring Dawn in the Han Palace and Its Relationship to Palace Poetry”
  • Discussant: Stephen Little, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

11:15 AM – 1:00 PM

Panel 228

The Impact of Trade on Daily Life in East Asia, 960-1600 Sponsored by The Society for Song, Yuan, and Conquest Dynasty Studies

Director’s Row H, Plaza Building

  • Yiwen Li, City University of Hong Kong, “Wind from Foreign Lands: Japanese Folding Fans in China, 1000-1410”
  • Peter D. Shapinsky, University of Illinois, Springfield, “Dressing like a Pirate: Clothing as Symbolic Marker in the East Asian Maritime World c. 1350-1600”

3:00 PM – 4:45 PM    

Panek 256

Blood and Being across Chinese and Indian Medicines

Plaza Court 8, Plaza Building

  • Yi-Li Wu, University of Michigan, “Outside Blood, Inside Blood: Bleeding, Bloodletting, and the Body in Ming-Qing Trauma Medicine”
  • Natalie Köhle, Australian National University, “On the Relationship between Blood and Phlegm in Chinese Medicine”

Panel 257

Circulating “Current Affairs” in and about 257 Seventeenth-Century China: Cross-Border Perspectives

Grand Ballroom 2, Tower Building

  • Yuval Givon, Tel Aviv University, “From Hearsay to Bestsellers: The Making of Jesuit Ming-Qing Transition Reports”
  • Ilsoo D. Cho, Harvard University, “Staying Out of the Ming-Qing Transition: Korean Perspectives of the Continental Conflict, 1592-1644”
  • Kenneth M. Swope, University of Southern Mississippi, “Horror Stories and Exaggerated Possibilities: Magalhaens & Buglio at the Court of Zhang Xianzhong”
  • Ye Yuan, Columbia University, “Recording Our Time: A Late-Ming Early-Qing Publishing House and its Historical Concern”
  • Discussant: Evelyn S. Rawski, University of Pittsburgh

Panel 262

Moves On and Off the Board: (Early) Modern Cultures of Play in East Asia and Beyond PWindows, Tower Building

  • Paize Keulemans, Princeton University, “The Acoustic Fog of War: Signal and Noise in “The Three Kingdoms” as Ming-Dynasty Novel, Hong Kong Film, and Contemporary Video Game”
  • Tina Lu, Yale University, “Betwixt Text and Tricks: The Literary Cultures of Madiao in the Late Ming”

Panel 284

Crossing Ethnic, Religious, and Geographical Boundaries during the Mongol and Manchu Rule of China

Tower Court A, Tower Building

  • Wonhee Cho, Academy of Korean Studies, “Defining Religion in Yuan China: The Case of Muslims, Jews, Confucians, and the White Cloud Sect”
  • Minsu Park, Ewha Womans University, “ ‘Manchu Marches West’: The Qing Occupation of Shanhai Pass and Beijing in 1644”

 

4:00-5:30 PM

Database building (4:30 PM)

  • Peter K. Bol, Harvard University, “China Biographical Database”

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Panel 299

SOCIAL SCIENCES Thriving between a Rock and a Hard Place: Identity and Agency in Liminal Spaces in Imperial China

Plaza Court 8, Plaza Building

  • Xiaobai Hu, University of Pennsylvania, “The Art of Living in the Borderland: Religious Ritual, Resource War and Literati Network in 17th-Century Southwest China”

Panel 313

Conceptualizing the “Other” in Premodern China: Center-Periphery Dynamics Reconfigured

Governor’s Square 12, Plaza Building

  • Xiuyuan Mi, University of Pennsylvania, “Reviving a Genre: Rhetorical Innovation and Cultural Authority in Late Yuan China”

Panel 314

Divine Communication: Revelation, Mediumism, and Spirit-Writing in Imperial China

Director’s Row J, Plaza Building

  • Daniel J. Burton-Rose, Northern Arizona University, “Spirit Altar Prophecy in the Manchu-Han Reconciliation of the 1670s: Peng Dingqiu’s Circle and the Boxue hongci Special Examination”

Panel 315

Limited Engagements: Projections of Mongol Power on and beyond China’s Southern Frontier Director’s Row H, Plaza Building

  • James A. Anderson, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, “The Outer Limits of Steppe Power: Mongol Military Excursions in Maritime Southeast Asia”
  • Michael Brose, Indiana University Bloomington, “Managing Yunnan for the Mongols”
  • Francesca Fiaschetti, University of Vienna, “The Troubled Frontier: Sino-Burmese Interactions in the 14th Century”

SUNDAY MARCH 24, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:45 AM  

Panel 326

Spaces of Imagination: Place, Performance, and Production in East Asia

Director’s Row J, Plaza Building

  • Allison Bernard, Columbia University, “From Staging the Drama to Staging the Dramatist: Tang Xianzu and the Linchuan School Legacy in and After The Peach Blossom Fan”

Panel 348

History as Narrative: Perspective to Approach Avengers, Khitans, and Pirates (400 BC-1620) PPlaza Court 7, Plaza Building

  • Yuanfei Wang, University of Georgia, “Narratives of Pirates in Late Ming Unofficial Histories and Vernacular Fiction (1558-1644)”

Panel 353

Spatial Imagination in Late Imperial and Modern Chinese Literary Culture

PGovernor’s Square 11, Plaza Building

  • Jing Zhang, New College of Florida, “A Prop, a Dream, and a Miniature Stage: The Staged Life of a Porcelain Pillow in Tang Xianzu’s Handan Dream”

 

Panel 354

State Capacity and the Management of Mobility in Early Modern China

Director’s Row E, Plaza Building

  • Meng Zhang, Loyola Marymount University, “Obtaining Timber for the Court: Tribute, Market, and Frontier”
  • Chelsea Wang, Claremont McKenna College, “Ming vs. Qing: Which State Communicated Faster, and Why?”

 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM

Panel 364

Toward a Transregional History of East Asian Literature: New Perspectives on Canon, Reception, and Authorship

Terrace, Tower Building

  • Barbara Wall, University of Copenhagen, “Why Dynamic Classics Do Not Fit into the Frame of National Literatures: A Case Study on Journey to the West”

Panel 381

Bears and Wives, Monkeys and Lovers: Animal Narratives in Late Imperial Chinese Literature PGovernor’s Square 12, Plaza Building

  • Hsien Wu, City College of New York, “The Taming of the Tigress: The Making of Lady White Bone”
  • Yun Bai, Yale University, “Babies and Dogs: Contesting Humanity in Late Imperial Chinese Biji Stories”
  • Paola Zamperini, Northwestern University, “Monkeying Around: Animals and Lovers in Late Imperial Chinese Fiction”

Society for Ming Studies Annual Meeting and panel: March 22, 2019

Friday, March 22
7:30-9:30 pm
Governor’s Square 11
Sheraton Downtown Hotel
Denver, CO

Thanks to a grant from the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation, in addition to our usual business, we will also hear pechakucha-style (read: six minutes per person) research presentations from nine Ming scholars. The presenters will highlight their primary argument, key sources used, and explore the ways in which their research connects to the Ming. It should be an interesting evening! Afterwards, we will adjourn for drinks and continued conversation.
Here is a list of the nine presenters and their presentation titles:

1) Monica Klasing Chen, a PhD Candidate at Leiden University, will present “Profitable Memory: Publishing Memory Aids for Calligraphy and Painting during the Ming Dynasty.”

2) Shiau-Yun Chen, a PhD Candidate at Cornell University, will present “Mothers of Loving-Kindness: Authorizing and Maximizing Mothers’ Legitimate Violence in the Disciplining of Children in Ming Families.”

3) Ilsoo David Cho, a fellow at Harvard University’s Korea Institute, will present “The Ming-Choson Relations after 1592.”

4) Christopher Eirkson, a visiting assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College, will present “The Yuan, Ming, and Cross-Eurasian Connections.”

5) Xiaobai Hu, a PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “Unruly Mountain: Transformative Encounters in the Chinese-Tibetan Borderland, 1371-1701.”

6) Sunkyu Lee, a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present “Jiangnan’s View of Pirate Traders in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century China.”

7) Haiwei Liu, a PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California, will present “Confucian Elements in a Messianic Rebellion: Rethinking the Origins of the Dynastic Name ‘Ming.’”

8) Jing Liu, a PhD Candidate at Syracuse University, will present “Border Controls and Maritime Interactions between China and Korea, 1500-1637.”

9) Eloise Wright, a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, will present “Writing about the Locality in Dali, Yunnan, 1253-1675.”

Digital Seminar, June 7, 2018

From the Society for Ming Studies Graduate Student Representatives:

The graduate student representatives would like to invite you to our first Ming Studies digital seminar.

The seminar will take place on June 7th from 7 am to 8:30 am Pacific Standard Time (10 am EST, 3 pm BST, 10 pm CST).

We’ll be hosting an online discussion with Kenneth Hammond regarding his article, “Images of the Great Within: Cartographic Choices in Ming China,” in Ming Studies, 2018:77, 27-47. Our facilitator will be Bruce Rusk, of UBC.

This will be a free-form discussion. We ask that participants read Dr. Hammond’s article prior to the seminar and bring questions to the table. Graduate students are especially encouraged to join. Please do share this invitation with others who might be interested.

The discussion will take place online via the BlueJeans video conferencing system. To participate, please RSVP to Sarah Basham at basham.sarah@gmail.com

Professor Hammond’s article can be accessed via Taylor & Francis (click on the link below).

Ming Studies, Vol 2018, No 77

Dr. Hammond is a Professor of History at New Mexico State University. Many of you know Dr. Hammond’s monograph Pepper Mountain: The Life, Death and Posthumous Career of Yang Jisheng, 1516-1555, and his diverse publications in Chinese political and intellectual history. In “Images of the Great Within,” Dr. Hammond examines the diverse treatment of the Imperial Palace in sixteenth-century maps of Beijing, asking how cartographic choices “illustrate the differing interests and agendas” of map-makers.

Hope to see you online!

Sincerely,

Sarah Basham (Outgoing Graduate Student Rep) and Xiaobai Hu (Incoming Graduate Student Rep)


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