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(In alphabetical order based on last name)

Jack W. Chen - University of Virginia

Jack W. Chen is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Poetics of Sovereignty: On Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty (Harvard University Asia Center, 2010); co-editor of Idle Talk: Gossip and Anecdote in Traditional Chinese Literature (University of California Press, 2013); and has written other articles on medieval historiography, donkey braying, social networks, and reading practices. He is co-director of the Humanities Informatics Lab at UVA and has worked in various digital humanities endeavors.  He should be working on a monograph on the Shishuo xinyu (Recent Anecdotes from the Talk of the Ages) but has been distracted by other projects.

Chen Zhi - University of Macau

Chen Zhi is Chair Professor at the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Macau. Previously, he was the Acting Dean for the Faculty of Arts at Honk Kong Baptist University and the founding Director for the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology. Chen Zhi received his B.A. and M.A. at Peking and Nanjing Universities respectively and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His latest monograph publications include The Legacy of the Odes, Documents, and Ritual Music (Shanghai Renmin Publishing House, 2012) and From Ritualization to Secularization: The Shaping of Book of Songs (Monumenta Serica Institute, 2007). Chen Zhi is founding editor of the new book series, Library of Sinology, De Gruyter (together with Dirk Meyer).

Peter Ditmanson - Yuelu Academy

Peter Ditmanson is an associate research fellow at the National Central Library of Taiwan.  His research is focused on thought, political culture, and historiography in China from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries.  One of his current projects examines publishing and the circulation of information in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries and the impact on the political order.  A second project involves the evolution of private historiography over the course of the Ming dynasty: changing patterns of narration, tensions between court and private accounts, and the shifting reading market for books on Ming history.

Stefano Gandolfo - University of Oxford

Stefano Gandolfo began reading for his DPhil (Ph.D.) in 2016 as an Ertegun Scholar. His focus is on the classification of knowledge in pre-modern China and specifically on the Siku Quanshu aiming to understand the structural features of the division of knowledge in the Siku Quanshu. Before joining Oxford, Stefano double-majored in Economics and Philosophy at Yale University (cum laude, Honors in Philosophy) and studied Chinese extensively spending two summers in China as a Light Fellow. He completed his M.A. (taught in Mandarin) as a CGS Scholar in Chinese Philosophy (cum laude, Exceptional Thesis Award, Outstanding International Student Award) at Peking University. To date, Gandolfo has researched and published on issues around Buddhism (The Positionless Middle Way: Weak Philosophical Deflationism in Madhyamaka in Journal of Indian Philosophy, 2014). Alongside his research, Gandolfo is part of Roger Ames’ ‘Translating China’ initiative, translating for the Journal of Chinese Humanities. He is currently organizing the Graduate Conference on Chinese Humanities at the University of Oxford.  

Joachim Gentz - University of Edinburgh

Joachim Gentz is Chair of Chinese Philosophy and Religion at the University of Edinburgh, his main research focus is on Chinese history of thought. He has published on early Confucian canonical texts and commentarial traditions, Chinese ritual and divination, Chinese interreligious discourses, early Chinese forms of argumentation, History of Chinese terms/concepts, Chinese visual traditions, modern Chinese religious policy and Cultural Studies theory in both German and English. His recent English publications include Keywords Re-Oriented (2009)Understanding Chinese Religions (2012)Religious Diversity in Chinese Thought (2013), ed. with P. Schmidt-Leukel, Literary Forms of Argument in Early China, (2015, 2016), ed. with D. Meyer. He is currently working on a monograph on Divinatory Hermeneutics and Canon Exegesis in Early China.

Yingtian He - Princeton University

Yingtian He is a Ph.D. student in the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. He received a B.A. in Economics from Peking University and an M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. His research focuses on the history of knowledge and theory of things in early modern China, with a particular interest in the intersection of intellectual thinking and material culture in evidential studies. He is currently working on the study of “names and things” in the commentary tradition of Book of Poetry during the high-Qing era. In this project, he aims to explore the internal connections between classical learning and natural studies, textual philology and visual-material engagement, so as to reveal how the knowledge of things was constructed, validated, organized and represented in 18th-century China.

Kuan-yun Huang - City University of Hong Kong

Kuan-yun Huang is an assistant professor in the Department of Chinese and History at City University of Hong Kong.  He received his Ph.D. degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from University of Chicago in 2010.  His writings have appeared in Early China, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Journal of Chinese Studies (Chinese University of Hong Kong), and Jianbo (Wuhan University).  He is currently preparing a monograph on the Warring States manuscripts from Guodian and how newly discovered sources are changing our understandings of ancient textual traditions.

Rens Krijgsman - Wuhan University

Rens Krijgsman is a Specially Appointed Research Fellow (Associate Professor) at the Center of Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts, School of History, Wuhan University. He is editorial assistant for the journal Bamboo and Silk, and the secretary of the European Association of Chinese Manuscripts. His research focuses on the materiality, history, and literary qualities of early Chinese excavated manuscripts, and engages with the emergent comparative and interdisciplinary discussion on manuscript cultures. Krijgsman received his DPhil from Oxford University, and an MPhil and BA from Leiden University. He studied at the Institute for History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Fudan University, and the National Tsinghua University. He has written on intertextuality in early manuscript texts, genre and the use of anecdotes in early historiography. Currently, he is finishing a study on the formation of readership in early China.

Dirk Meyer - University of Oxford

Dirk Meyer is Associate Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Fellow of The Queen's College at University of Oxford. After studying Chinese Literature and Philology at National Taiwan University, Taipei, and Sinology and Philosophy at Heidelberg University, he obtained his Ph.D (2008) from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Working on Chinese Philosophy with a special focus on close philological analysis, Meyer’s research explores argument strategies in early Chinese thought production and the interplay of material conditions and ideas. Meyer’s publications deal with questions of orality and literacy in early Chinese philosophical discourse, early Chinese textuality, excavated manuscripts, transition periods in philosophy. His publications include Philosophy on Bamboo: Text and the Production of Meaning in Early China (Brill, 2012); Literary Forms of Argument in Early China (co-edited with Joachim Gentz; Brill, 2015; paperback edition 2016); Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy: Studies in the Composition and Thought of the Shangshu (Classic of Documents) (co-edited with Martin Kern; Brill, 2017). Among his current research projects is Monumentalising the Past: Traditions of Writings (書) and Political Argument in Early China, a corpus-based conceptual history that investigates the ways the “Shu” (Shangshu) traditions shaped the sociopolitical and philosophical discourse in China of the Warring States period (c. 453-222 BC). Meyer is Founding Editor of a new books series at De Gruyter, Library of Sinology (with Chen Zhi). He is Founding Director of the Workshop for Manuscript and Text Cultures at The Queen's College, Oxford. 

Christopher Nugent - Williams College

Christopher Nugent is Professor of Chinese and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature at Williams College. He obtained his B.A. at Brown University and Ph.D. at Harvard University in East Asian Languages and Civilization. His areas of interest are in Medieval Chinese literary culture, manuscript culture, and memory and memorization. He has published in English and Chinese contributing to the Oxford Handbook of Traditional Chinese Literature with two chapters: Literary Media: Writing and Orality, and Manuscript Culture (Oxford UP, 2017). His monograph Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China (Harvard University Asia Center Press, 2010) was awarded the Joseph Levenson Book Prize (pre-1900 category, 2012).

Luo Qin - Yuelu Academy

 

Luo Qin (罗琴) graduated from Sichuan University, Beijing Normal University and Fudan University. She is an assistant professor at Yuelu Academy in Hunan University. Her research interest is the material editions of traditional woodblock printing in East Asia, including China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Her master’s thesis is titled: A Study of the Wenxuan in the Yuan Dynasty (元代《文选》学研究), and her doctoral thesis is titled: A Study of the Revisions of Zhou Lianggong’s Works (周亮工著述文本改易研究).

Donald Sturgeon - Harvard University

Donald Sturgeon is a College Fellow at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University. He holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong, and has held postdoctoral fellowships from the City University of Hong Kong and Harvard University. Since 2005, he has developed and maintained the Chinese Text Project, an online digital library of pre-modern Chinese writing, which is now the largest such collection in existence and serves as a platform for experimenting with new digital ways of interacting with premodern Chinese texts. His research interests include language and knowledge in early Chinese thought and the application of digital methods to the study of pre-modern Chinese language and literature. His current projects include large-scale optical character recognition of historical Chinese documents, the application of machine learning to the dating of pre-modern Chinese texts, and the study of text reuse relationships in the pre-modern Chinese corpus.

Nathan Vedal - Pennsylvania State University 

Nathan Vedal is Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2017 and specializes in late imperial Chinese cultural and intellectual history. His current book project examines broad patterns of intellectual change from the 16th through the 19th century on the basis of the shifting practices and methods of Chinese scholars. Other projects include a study of diagrams in various technical and literary fields of knowledge, as well as notions of authorship in late imperial China. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Tang Studies, and Historiographia Linguistica.

Claudia Wenzel - Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Claudia Wenzel is a senior researcher in the research unit “Buddhist Stone Inscriptions in China” hosted by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities . She is the editor of two of a total of six volumes so far published in the series Buddhist Stone Sutras in China (Series editor: Lothar Ledderose): Volume 2 on Buddhist Stone Sutras in Shangdong Province (together with Wang Yongbo) and Volume 3 on Buddhist Stone Sutras in Sichuan Province (together with Sun Hua). Apart from her numerous contributions to all volumes in this series, she has also published on related art-historical topics, such as The Image of the Buddha: Buddha Icons and Aniconic Tradition in India and China (Transcultural Studies, 2011). Her current research focus is on the interrelations between stone carvings and Buddhist topography, with publications such as Monumental Stone Sutra Carvings in China and Indian Pilgrim Sites (Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies Volume 29: 2016).

Yang Yong - Yuelu Academy

Yang Yong is from Hubei and received his PhD. in history in 2016 from Wuhan University.  He was a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2014-5, and he is currently an assistant professor at Yuelu Academy in Hunan University and a member of the Collaborative Innovation Center for the Study of Excavated Manuscripts and Ancient Civilizations (出土文献与古代文明协同创新中心).  He has participated in the collation and research projects on the Yuelu Academy collection of Qin dynasty bamboo slips.  His research is focused on bamboo slips as sources for Qin and Han history, as well as pre-Qin, Qin, and Han ritual prescriptions.  His current project explores medical knowledge found in Warring States, Qin and Han excavated manuscripts.

Yin Hui - Yuelu Academy

Yin Hui is a professor of Yuelu Academy,Hunan University. She is also chair of the Department of Philosophy. Yin Hui received her doctoral degree in intellectual history from the Yuelu Academy and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Philosophy of Wuhan University , and also a visiting scholar at Arizona State University. She has been a member of the Chinese Association of Zhu Xi Studies, the Chinese Association of Philosophical History, the Chinese Association of Song History Research, and the editorial board member of the journal YuanDao. She has recently become a visiting researcher at the Institute of Etiquette Education and Culture, in the Daegu University of Education, Korea. Her main research areas are Chinese intellectual history and Chinese philosophy and she has published over 40 papers in domestic and foreign journals, as well as a monograph Ritual and Principle Both Made Clear: An Exploration of Zhu Xi’s Ritual Thought  (礼理双彰:朱熹礼学思想探微).

Yunshuang Zhuang - UCLA

Yunshuang Zhang is an assistant professor at Wayne State University. She received her Ph.D. in classical Chinese literature and culture from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA. She obtained her M.A. and B.A. in Chinese literature from Peking University, China. Her research interests center on the literature and literati culture during Middle Period China (800–1400). She is now working on her monograph, entitled “Porous Privacy: The Literati Studio and Spatiality in Song China.” This project examines the privacy of the studio space and the way by which it works as a medium for the reproduction of literati culture. Her next project centers on anthologies and commentaries on Chinese poetry in both pre-modern China and Japan.