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Scholars of ancient China, other disciplines to gather, May 21-22

Scholars of ancient China and other disciplines will gather for a conference on "Religion, Poetry and Memory in Ancient China" on Friday and Saturday, May 21-22.

The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in 202 Jones Hall, is part of a yearlong research and teaching project sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion.

The conference addresses ancient and early medieval Chinese social practices of commemoration and aesthetic display in their religious framework. Beyond disciplinary boundaries, scholars of Chinese religion, literature, art history, archaeology and history will discuss a wide range of texts, artifacts and social settings that jointly created the performative experience of early Chinese religion, aesthetics and cultural memory. In response to the papers on China, specialists in Near Eastern and Biblical studies, classics and music will present an additional set of comments and studies.

The Princeton conference is the first in the burgeoning field of early China studies to discuss the complex interplay of religious ritual, aesthetic expression, and the formation of cultural memory and identity. Its interdisciplinary nature responds to the evidence from large amounts of newly excavated texts and artifacts, while the comments from other fields help integrate the early Chinese case into a broader comparative framework.

Information about the conference is available online. It is organized by Martin Kern , associate professor of East Asian studies, and sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and the East Asian studies program.

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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