Jao Tsung-I Visiting Professors Public Lecture 2023

Prof. Edward L. Shaughnessy
Jao Tsung-I Visiting Professors 2023
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:

1st Public Lecture:
Topic: “Translating the Shi Jing 詩經 Classic of Poetry : The Case of ‘Guan Ju’關雎
Date: 14 September 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Lecture), 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Reception)
Venue: Cho Yiu Conference Hall, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Language: English

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2nd Public Lecture
Topic讀如字:出土文獻整理的釋讀原則(To Be Read As Written:  Transcription Principles in the Treatment of Unearthed Documents)Date: 12 October 2023 (Thursday)Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Lecture), 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Reception)Venue: User Education Room, G/F, University Library, Chinese University of Hong KongLanguage: Mandarin

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