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Directory of Scholars

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

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Name &
Contact
Affiliation Interests &
Projects
Ina Asim
康怡諾
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University of Oregon (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Chinese pre-modern history; Song; Ming; urban studies; material culture; archaeology; visual culture
Projects: Completing a study on Ming Nanjing; digital projects on Chinese paintings, other works of art (textiles; jade) and Chinese gardens in various states of completion.
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)
Retired
Interests: history, art history, gender studies, fiction, drama
Projects: intersection of Ming fiction and drama with social and gender history
Hsiu-fen Chen
陳秀芬
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National Chengchi University (Taiwan)
Faculty
Interests: Ming-Qing History, with special interests in medicine, mind/body, sex/gender, the literati and urban cultures; Religious healings of Daoism, Buddhism and shamanism in Ming China.
Project: Unruly Mind – Emotions, Madness and Medicine in Ming-Qing Society (book project). Xu Wei’s illness, madness and the Late Ming society; Human body parts as medicine in Ming history; Yangsheng knowledge and body techniques; Medical exchanges between Ming China and Jeoson Korea.
Chen Kaijun
陳愷俊
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Brown University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: literature, history of technology, material culture
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
Ilsoo Cho
趙一水
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Harvard University
Research Fellow
Interests: Korean history, Ming-Chosŏn relations, Qing-Chosŏn relations, Korea-Japan relations, Korean state ideology in late Chosŏn
Project: Imperial loyalism in pre-modern Japan, Korean foreign policy during the seventeenth century, proto-nationalism in Korea and Japan
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.
Christopher Eirkson
愛維
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Franklin & Marshall College (USA)
Faculty
Interests: History of empires, military history, Yuan-Ming connections, Eurasian history, world history, political history
Projects:I am revising my dissertation on the legacy of the Mongol Yuan dynasty in early Ming dynasty imaginations of empire. I study how early Ming rulers and statesmen understood, interpreted, and applied the Mongol Yuan legacy as they negotiated the various boundaries (physical and otherwise) of the new Ming polity.
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.
Anne Gerritsen
何安娜
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University of Warwick (UK)
Faculty
Interests: global history, material culture, porcelain, Jingdezhen, gender, religion
Projects: Global Jingdezhen: Local Manufactures and Early Modern Global Connections. Between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries, the manufacture, design, export and consumption of Chinese ceramics changed profoundly, and those changes, in turn, transformed many different parts of the world.
I currently hold a Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities and Social Science, entitled Therapeutic Commodities: Trade, Transmission and the Material Culture of Global Medicine. The project runs from November 2017 to November 2018.
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
Noa Grass
高諾雅
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Tel Aviv University (Israel)
Postdoc
Interests: State formation, public finance, money, and fiscal policy in Ming China. My interest in these topics, in this particular era, stems from the unique trajectory of Chinese political economy during the late imperial period. This trajectory contradicts the process of state formation in Western Europe that provided the empirical and conceptual ground for sociological, economic, and political theories of modernity. Within a Eurasian-wide recalibration of state and society after the black death and the fall of the Mongol empire, the new regime in China rebuilt the economy from a tradition of political and economic thought, adopting certain principles and rejecting others. It did so while responding to particular environmental and economic circumstances. I am skeptical of interpretations of this three-centuries-long dynasty, as a time of governmental failure. My goal, therefore, is to better understand the process of state formation and management according to the theoretical framework and material conditions of the time, and contribute to a new appreciation of this period in Chinese and world history.
Projects:My current research examines different aspects of government finance and management in the fifteenth century, before the advent of silver. In 2017 I published a paper in the journal Ming Studies that offers a critical reading of the official narrative concerning the commutation of the grain tax into silver. I show how the account masks, rather than reveals, the historical process of silverization that led to a deep change in the conduct of state finance.Taking a detour from narrow financial issues, I am currently writing a paper on the horse administration during the Yongle reign which, according to contemporary reports, led to an enormous increase in the number of horses under government management. This is a vital aspect of Yongle’s northern strategic policy that has not yet been acknowledged. The effort to create a significant cavalry force impacted foreign relations, border trade, and the management of military colonies and pasturage in the first half of the fifteenth century. The scope and ambition of this project can be seen as a northern parallel to the maritime voyages, intended to broadcast the superiority of the Ming throughout the world.I am also writing a book on the fiscal, political, and social aspects of the early Ming government expense budget, focusing on official salaries, military rations, and princely stipends. Looking at fiscal policy from the point of view of expenses rather than revenue is useful in examining Ming state finance since the dynasty did not place emphasis on increasing revenue but on managing expenses. The state’s struggle to maintain regular payments to state servants and imperial kin within a limited revenue base was all the more challenging in the face of fiscal and monetary crisis. The book elaborates on the nature of this crisis as ensuing from the collapse of the early self-sufficiency economic model, the deterioration of its only official currency, paper money, and the dearth of metal-based currencies.
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.
Rivi Handler-Spitz
韓若愚
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Macalester College (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Late Ming literature, essays, history of education, intellectual history, East-West comparative literature
Projects: interactions between students and teachers (mentors & disciples), recorded conversations 語錄 (yulu)
Feng He
何峰
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Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany)
Graduate Student
Interests: Art history and material culture, including ceramic, painting, book illustration, gendered materials, antiquarianism, and social actors.
Projects: My dissertation project focuses on Ming and Qing porcelain in early modern German collections, and the role of East Asian monumental porcelain in the reshaping of European antiquarianism during the long eighteenth century. Past projects includes painting and patronage in Nanjing during the transition of Ming and Qing dynasties, socialist-realism artists trained in Shanghai meishu zhuanke xuexiao (上海美術專科學校, 1959-), and global reception of ‘Coromandel’ lacquer screens produced during the late Ming and early Qing China.
Joanna Handlin Smith
韓德玲
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Harvard-Yenching Institute at Harvard University (USA)
Independent scholar
Interests: Late Ming and early Qing social-intellectual history
Projects: Early Qing social networks, friends, and trust, with late Ming cases as a contrast.
Feng He
何峰
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Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany)
Graduate Student
Interests: Art history and material culture, including ceramic, painting, book illustration, gendered materials, antiquarianism, and social actors.
Projects: My dissertation project focuses on Ming and Qing porcelain in early modern German collections, and the role of East Asian monumental porcelain in the reshaping of European antiquarianism during the long eighteenth century. Past projects includes painting and patronage in Nanjing during the transition of Ming and Qing dynasties, socialist-realism artists trained in Shanghai meishu zhuanke xuexiao (上海美術專科學校, 1959-), and global reception of ‘Coromandel’ lacquer screens produced during the late Ming and early Qing China.
Robert E Hegel
何谷理
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Washington University St Louis (USA)
Retired 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
email· web
West Virginia University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: Law, political organization, ritual
Projects: Legal, political, and cultural developments in the Yuan-Ming-Qing, with a particular emphasis on the construction and transformation of late imperial political systems. A second project currently in the works focuses on military centralization in the Ming and Qing.
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.
Haiwei Liu
刘海威
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University of Southern California (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Early Ming politics; the Yuan-Ming transition
Projects: Construct political legitimacy during the Yuan and early Ming periods
Jing Liu
劉晶
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Syracuse University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Ming China, Ming-Qing transition, Northeast Asian history, maritime history, borderlands.
Projects: Ming China and Chosŏn Korea’s maritime interactions in the sixteenth and the early seventeenth centuries.
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
Edward Luper
劉華
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Independent scholar (UK) Interests: Xu Wei (1521-1593), Li Zhi (1527-1602), Taizhou School, moral autonomy and individualism, eccentricity and madness, literati painting and culture, persona construction, material culture
Projects: My past research focused heavily on Xu Wei and his construction of various personas through poetry. I am currently researching the poetry of Li Zhi and also late Ming material culture.
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
Harry Miller
米海瑞
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University of South Alabama (USA)
Faulty
Interests: Late Imperial China
Projects: Historical Fiction, Translation
Christian Murck
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Geiss Hsu Foundation (USA)
Director
Interests: US-China relations; intellectual history; art 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
email · web
College of Wooster (USA)
Faculty
Projects: History of medicine, gender, body, pain, techniques
Barend Noordam
email · web
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.
Chang Woei Ong
王昌偉
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National University of Singapore
Faculty
Interests: Social and Intellectual history of middle period and late imperial China
Projects: Neo-Confucianism, Literati Societies in 16th-18th century East Asia
Huiping Pang
彭慧萍
Stanford University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Ming politics & collecting culture
Elke Papelitzky
林珂
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NYU Shanghai (China)
Postoc
Interests: Global history, Ming and early Qing foreign relations, history of knowledge, history of cartography, maritime history, historiography
Projects: I am currently revising my dissertation where I examined late Ming writings about the whole world. For my next project, I am studying maritime knowledge on early modern maps in China and Japan and how literati had access to and adapted the knowledge, including a study of the connections and a comparison between Chinese and Japanese cartographic cultures.
Hieu Phung
馮明孝
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Independent scholar Interests: My research focuses on premodern history of Vietnam and environmental history of preindustrial societies in Asia. I am interested in the early to mid Ming period, with an emphasis on the Ming empire’s expansion. I am also interested in history of science, technology, and environment during the Ming dynasty.
Projects: The title of my book manuscript is Water Sphere, Wet Rice and the Vietnamese State in the Fifteenth Century. I argue that the local environment in fifteenth-century Vietnam necessitated the performance of new ideas and the development of new technology, which had been introduced from other places such as traditional China. Specifically, this project focuses on the relationship between the Vietnamese state’s agricultural scheme that prioritized wet rice crops and its commitment to water-related issues, such as the construction of river dikes and investigations into precipitation.
Yasushi OKI
大木康
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University of Tokyo (Japan)
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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)
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Interests: intellectual history; Scholars, exile, biography, women’s lives
Projects: Yang Shen, Huang E, families in Ming, Jiajing reign; The Mingshi
Jennifer Purtle
裴珍妮
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University of Toronto(Canada)
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Interests: Chinese painting and other arts of the Song-Ming dynasties.
Projects: Principally I study artistic geographies and artistic mobility – that, how, and why artists and objects move, and what happens when they do. In a forthcoming book, Peripheral Vision: Fujian Paintings in Chinese Empires, 909-1646, I explore the production of paintings in, and by natives of China’s Fujian province, as well as their circulation in a succession of Chinese empires. I am currently midway through a new project,”Forms of Cosmopolitanism in the Sino-Mongol City.” This project, which connects China to many other parts of the medieval world, also provides the scholarly foundation for the Getty Connecting Art Histories grant,”Global and Postglobal Perspectives on Medieval Art and Art History,” of which I am Principal Investigator.
Bruce Rusk
阮思德
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University of British Columbia (Canada)
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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.
Kathleen Ryor
赖凯玲
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Carleton College (USA)
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Interests: The painting, calligraphy and poetry of Xu Wei (1521-93) and its relationship to discourse on the body in the late Ming; military patronage of the arts and military culture in the late Ming; Zhe School painting; mid to late Ming art criticism and theory; relationship between Ming garden culture, painting, horticulture and medicine.
Sarah Schneewind
施珊珊
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University of California, San Diego (USA)
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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)
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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: biography of Huang Zongxi
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)
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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)
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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
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SOAS, University of London (UK)
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Interests: drama, sanqu, fiction, literary history, local communities and cultures
Projects: Mid-Ming; court theater and entertainment; Tang Xianzu
Brigid Vance
范莉潔
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Lawrence University (USA)
Faculty
Interests: late Ming socio-cultural history; dreams; nightmares; medicine; daily-use encyclopedias; divination; prognostication
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)
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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.
Yinzong Wei
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University of British Columbia (Canada)
Graduate Student
Interests: Intellectual history; Cultural history; History of the book
Projects:Marginalia and intellectual history of the late Ming and early Qing period
Xu Sufeng
徐素鳳
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Bucknell University (USA)
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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)
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Interests: Intellectual history. Social and legal history of Ming China
Projects: Statecraft thought. Art history and social transition. Ghost anecdotes and legal history.
Cheuk Yee Wai
衞婥怡
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SOAS, University of London (UK)
Graduate Student
Interests: Fiction, Gender and Sexuality, Erotica, Urban culture, Dress History
Projects:My current research focuses on the relationship between late imperial Chinese women and sexual liaisons as represented in late Ming-early Qing erotic fictions.
Wei Yang
魏陽
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University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (USA)
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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
Eloise Wright
魏陽
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University of California, Berkeley (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Late imperial southwest borderlands; local history; language, writing, textual production; spatial history.
Projects: My dissertation project is a local history of Dali, Yunnan province, during the Yuan and Ming. I focus on textual production among Dali’s scholar gentry to explore the transformations in their ideas of place, status, and history.
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.
Xia Xinyan
夏心言
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Renmin University of China(China)
Graduate Student
Interests: Chinese traditional drama in Ming Dynasty; The relationship and communication between China(Ming Dynasty)and Japan(Edo Period)
Projects: My Master’s thesis was about a rearrangement case of Tang Xianzu’s Ziyu Ji 紫玉记. My recent interests are China-Japan traditional drama interaction in 17th century
Jimmy Yu
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Florida State University (USA)
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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)
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Interests: Political history, gender history, history of religion
Projects: Ming-Qing transition
History of Confucianism in early modern China
Jiajun Zou
鄒嘉俊
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Emory University (USA)
Graduate Student
Interests: Question of Chineseness in the Ming; evolving conception of 中國; Ming maritime crisis; overseas Chinese
Projects: What is China and who is Chinese? How did Ming scholar officials interpreted their past to consolidate a new found identity?
Harriet Zurndorfer
宋漢理
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Leiden University (Netherlands)
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Interests: Social, economic, and local history; gender studies; history of knowledge.
Recent Publications: “Cotton Textile Production in Jiangnan during the Ming-Qing Era and the Matter of Market-Driven Growth” in Billy So, ed., The Economy of Lower Yangzi Delta in Late Imperial China: Connecting Money, Markets, and Institutions (London: Routledge, 2013), pp.72-98.
“Wanli China versus Hideyoshi’s Japan: Rethinking China’s Involvement in the Imjin Waeran,” in James B. Lewis, The East Asian War, 1593-1598: International Relations, Violence, and Memory (London: Routledge, 2014), 197-235.
“Oceans of History, Seas of Change: Recent Revisionist Writing in Western Languages about China and East Asian Maritime History during the Period 1500-1630,” International Journal of Asian Studies 13.1 (2016): 61-94.
“A Conversation with Harriet Zurndorfer” (with Anne Gerritsen), Ming Studies 76 (2017): 80-83.
“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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