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.
Friday, March 22
Governor’s Square 11
Sheraton Downtown Hotel
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.”
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.
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!
Sarah Basham (Outgoing Graduate Student Rep) and Xiaobai Hu (Incoming Graduate Student Rep)
The full schedule for the Scaling the Ming conference is now available.
Paper abstracts are now available (Scaling the Ming 2018 Abstracts).
Please RSVP if you would like to attend.
The conference has been generously sponsored by the Society for Ming Studies, the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and UBC’s History Department, Department of Asian Studies, and Centre for Chinese Research.
Friday, May 18
|08:00||08:30||Breakfast||CK Choi Bldg, Rm 120|
|08:45||10:45||Panel 1 Global Climate and Local Environment chaired by Leo Shin
|11:00||13:00||Panel 2 The Body’s Perspective chaired by Timothy Brook
|Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden|
|15:15||17:15||Panel 3 Large within Small: Landscape, Garden, Rock, Flower chaired by Julia Orell
|17:30||19:00||Keynote Address Timothy Brook (UBC) Stealing the Buddha’s Tooth: Zheng He, Yongle, Tsongkhapa, and the Optics of Imperialism
Note: The previously scheduled keynote by Prof. Harriet Zurndorfer has been replaced by this address from Prof. Brook.
Saturday May 19
|09:00||09:30||Breakfast||CK Choi Bldg, Rm 120|
|09:30||11:30||Panel 4 New Approaches to Ming China’s Foreign Relations chaired by Nam-Lin Hur
|Panel 5 This Much We Know: Ideas and Information chaired by Bruce Rusk
||Liu Institute, Multipurpose Room|
|11:30||13:00||Lunch||CK Choi Bldg, Rm 120|
|13:00||15:00||Panel 6 People Near and Far chaired by Leo Shin
|Panel 7 Bounded in a Nutshell: Worlds Within Words chaired by Alison Bailey
||Liu Institute, Multipurpose Room|
|15:00||15:30||Break||CK Choi Bldg, Rm 120|
|15:30||17:30||Panel 8 Measures of Control chaired by Alison Bailey