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JAS Archaeology Talks series: An Overview of Zhongni 仲尼 in the Anhui University Bamboo Strips

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17Jun 2022

12:00 - 13:30

  • Voov Meeting
  • Prof. Xu Zaiguo, Professor at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, College of Liberal Arts, Anhui University and Director of the Development and Applied Research Center of Anhui University

The essence of archaeology is to reconstruct the ancient ways of life from the perspective of material culture. As we know, Sinology is a far broader discipline than textual studies, but beneath it all lies a curiosity and imagination to human conditions in the past. The Academy therefore launched the new “Archaeology Seminar Series” in 2018 to expand its research profile in the direction of Chinese Archaeology. We are currently curating a series of talks on major archaeological discoveries in recent decades, such as the archaeology of Early China, the splendid Bronze Age culture of Sanxingdui, excavated manuscripts of the Qin and Han periods, the Zoumalou official documents and records of the Three Kingdoms period, and gold and silver wares of the Tang dynasty, making this expert knowledge accessible to the public.

Revered as the “national treasure”, the Warring States bamboo slips are one of the rare manuscripts from the pre-Qin period. Acquired in 2015, Anhui University's collection of the Warring States bamboo strips mainly consists of Shijing 詩經 (Book of Odes), history of the ancient state of Chu 楚, Confucian quotations and Confucian writings, Chu Ci 楚辭 (Songs of Chu), oneiromancy and physiognomy. The Anhui University Bamboo Strips is yet another major discovery of rare excavated manuscripts from the pre-Qin period after the Guodian Chu Strips, Shanghai Museum Bamboo Strips and Tsinghua Bamboo Strips. The Academy has therefore invited two professors from the Development and Applied Research Center of Anhui University to lead a discussion on the Confucian quotations and Shijing 詩經 (Book of Odes) in the Anhui University Bamboo Strips.

No registration is required for this lecture series. All are welcome to attend each lecture with the following Tencent Meeting/Voov meeting details: https://meeting.tencent.com/dm/8YW0v383atbW
Meeting ID: 581-3258-3845
Password: 6655

HKBU students: For CCL attendance, please register via SLES beforehand, and log in Tencent Meeting/Voov Meeting with HKBU email account.

Below are the details of the seminars:

First Session
Date 17 June 2022 (Friday)
Time: 12:00nn-13:30pm
Venue: Tencent Meeting/VooV Meeting

Lecture title: An Overview of Zhongni 仲尼 in the Anhui University Bamboo Strips

Abstract:
The manuscript titled Zhongni 仲尼 in the Anhui University Bamboo Strips is of 13 complete bamboo strips with two braided ropes. The texts were written without indentation, and blank space is not found either at the beginning or end of the script. The calligraphy is exquisite. Albeit not titled and divided into chapters, the manuscript, with a total of 24 articles, keeps an account of Confucian remarks. The objective of the lecture is to give a brief introduction to the manuscript.

 

Speaker: Prof. Xu Zaiguo

Prof. Xu Zaiguo is Professor at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, College of Liberal Arts, Anhui University and Director of the Development and Applied Research Center of Anhui University. With a zealous interest in ancient characters and unearthed documents, Prof. Xu has published a number of books and more than a hundred academic papers in journals, including Wenwu 文物 and Zhongguo wenzi xuebao 中國文字學報.

 

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