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Visiting Scholars



Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Service Professor of Early Chinese Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

Professor Edward L. Shaughnessy is the Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Service Professor of Early Chinese Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago. He was born on 29 July 1952 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA, and received a B.A. (Theology, 1974) from the University of Notre Dame and M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. (Asian Languages, 1983) degrees from Stanford University. In addition, he studied with Aisin-gioro Yu-yun 愛新覺羅毓鋆 in Taipei, Taiwan for three years (1974-1977). He joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1984 and has remained there throughout his career. He lives with his wife, Elena Valussi, and their two children, Giulia and Maria, in Chicago and in Verona, Italy.

Most of his career has been devoted to the cultural and literary history of China’s Zhou dynasty (c. 1045-249 B.C.), the period that has served all subsequent Chinese intellectuals as the Golden Age of Chinese civilization. Much of his work has focused on archaeologically recovered textual materials from this period, from inscriptions on ritual bronze vessels cast during the first centuries of the first millennium B.C. through manuscripts written on bamboo and silk during the last centuries of the millennium. At the same time, he remains fascinated with the received literary tradition of the period, especially the three classics: Zhou Yi or Zhou Changes (better known in the West as the I Ching or Classic of Changes), Shang shu or Exalted Scriptures (also known as the Shu Jing or Classic of History) and Shi Jing or Classic of Poetry. An important aspect of his scholarly work has been the attempt to bridge western and Chinese traditions of scholarship. To this end, he has written much of his technical scholarship in Chinese, half of his twenty published books being in Chinese.

Professor Edward L. Shaughnessy will deliver two public lectures during his visit, you may find more details here.



Prof. Nagatomi HIRAYAMA

Visiting Scheme: Young Scholars Visiting Scheme
Visiting Period: October 4 – December 24, 2021
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
Research Interest: Modern Chinese History

Publications :

“Records of Enemies and Puppets: Qingcha Diwei Dang’an Xiaozu Dang’an in Modern Chinese History,” Twentieth Century-China, 45:3 (October, 2020), 369-377. 

“Staging China’s “Age of Extremes”: Divergent Radicalizations among Chinese Youth in Europe, 1922–1924,” Twentieth-Century China, 44:1(January, 2019), 33-52.

‘Young China’ in Europe: Life and politics of May Fourth youth in Europe, 1919-1923,” Historical Research, 91:252 (May, 2018), 353-374.

“Partyfing Sichuan: The Chinese Youth Party in Sichuan 1926-1937,” Frontiers of History in China, 8:2(2013), 223–258.



Prof. Xuelei Huang

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Chinese Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Visiting period: April 17 – July 14, 2023

Professor Huang earned her PhD from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Her research interests include sensory history, early cinema, and print culture of late Qing and Republican China. She is the author of Scents of China: A Modern History of Smell (forthcoming, July 2023), Shanghai Filmmaking: Crossing Borders, Connecting to the Globe, 1922-1938 (2014), co-editor of Sensing China: Modern Transformations of Sensory Culture (2022). During the visiting period in ICS, Prof. Huang conducts research on her new project on the atmosphere in modern Chinese lifeworld (Lebenswelt).



Prof. Christopher Mark LUPKE

Professor and Chair, East Asian Studies, University of Alberta
Visiting period: April 14 – July 14, 2023

Professor Christopher Lupke (Ph. D. Cornell University) is a Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. A scholar of modern and contemporary Chinese literature and cinema, his books include The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien: Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion and a translation of Ye Shitao’s monumental work, A History of Taiwan Literature which one the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for the translation of a scholarly book from the Modern Language Association. Professor Lupke’s current research project is a book-length study of the Confucian notion of “filiality” in contemporary Chinese and Sinophone fiction. Professor Lupke is conducting a research project entitled, The Grammar of Filiality: Ritual and Reproduction in Modern Chinese Fiction and Film, during his visit to the Institute of Chinese Studies.


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