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.
By Bruce Rusk on March 16, 2018
Below is the schedule for Scaling the Ming, a conference on Ming Studies, hosted by the University of British Columbia.
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.
|08:00||08:30||Breakfast||CK Choi Building, Room 120|
|08:45||10:45||Panel 1 Global Climate and Local Environment|
|11:00||13:00||Panel 2 Bodies|
|16:00||18:00||Panel 3 Large within Small: Landscape, Garden, Rock, Flower||Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden|
|18:15||19:30||Keynote Address Dr. Harriet Zurndorfer, “Collusion, Competition, and Compromise: Rethinking the Scale of Portuguese Interaction with Ming China, 1510–1557”|
|09:00||09:30||Breakfast||CK Choi Building, Room 120|
|09:30||11:30||Panel 4 New Approaches to Ming China’s Foreign Relations: Border Security, Military Organization, and Monarchy|
|Panel 5 This Much We Know: Ideas and Information||Liu Institute, Multipurpose Room|
|11:30||13:00||Lunch||CK Choi Building, Room 120|
|13:00||15:00||Panel 6 People Near and Far|
|Panel 7 Bounded in a Nutshell: Worlds within Words||Liu Institute, Multipurpose Room|
|15:00||15:30||Break||CK Choi Building, Room 120|
|15:30||17:30||Panel 8 Measures of Control|
By Bruce Rusk on March 1, 2018
Scaling the Ming, an international conference on Ming Studies, will take place in Vancouver on May 18 and 19, 2018.
Applicants have been informed whether their paper proposal has been accepted, and the program will be available on this website soon.
By Bruce Rusk on October 21, 2017
Call for Papers: Scaling the Ming, An International Conference
We are pleased to announce an international conference on studies of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), to be hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on May 18–19, 2018.
The theme of “Scaling the Ming” invites reflection scale, size, and scope in the context of Ming-period China. Questions of scale are inevitable in our inquiry into the past, when we select and use frames of analysis—chronological, geographical, or conceptual—and move between them. At the same time, historical actors in the Ming operated on multiple scales, from the individual body and its lifetime to the locality, the empire and the dynasty, the globe, and the cosmos. And they were affected, consciously or not, by phenomena at all these scales. We seek contributions that address questions of scale as a phenomenon or idea in the past, that reflect on scale and scaling as part of our study of the Ming, or that link the two together. Papers from all disciplines are welcome.
The conference will be organized into thematic panels organized by a UBC scholar. Paper proposals (title + 250-word abstract) can be submitted via the submission form [now closed]. Direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Scholars unable to access the submission form can email their title, abstract, and panel name to email@example.com). The deadline for submissions is November 23, 2017.
This conference is generously supported by the Society for Ming Studies and by the Centre for Chinese Research, History Department, and Asian Studies Department at UBC. A limited travel subvention will be available for graduate student participants.
List of panels and organizers
- Scales of Justice (Alison Bailey)
- Literary materiality (Alison Bailey)
- Global Climate and Local Environment (Timothy Brook)
- New Approaches to Ming China’s Foreign Relations: Border Security, Military Organization, and Monarchy (Nam-Lin Hur)
- Bodies (Carla Nappi)
- Large within Small: Landscapes, Gardens, Rocks, and Trees (Julia Orell)
- This Much We Know: Ideas and Information (Bruce Rusk)
- People Near and Far (Leo Shin)