The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library of the University of Toronto would cordially invite you to attend the following virtual talk on Neo-Confucian learning with Dr. Lianbin Dai from the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria, and moderator Professor Nathan Vedal of the Department of East Asian Studies. The event will take place over ZOOM, so please RSVP to get the event link.
How to Produce Learning: Some Preliminary Thoughts on Neo-Confucian Knowledge Culture (1200-1700)
Speaker: Dr. Lianbin Dai, Department of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria
Moderator: Prof. Nathan Vedal, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
Time: 2:00-3:30 P.M. EST, Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Sponsors: Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, University of Toronto and Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
Event page: https://east.library.utoronto.ca/eal-newsletter/how-produce-learning-some-preliminary-thoughts-neo-confucian-knowledge-culture-1200
Abstract: Neo-Confucian learning is an elite academic knowledge system and matrix more than a philosophy. Its production was not merely fashioned by economic and political elements but also routinized in its own way independent of other social practices. Its concepts and practice are rooted in the Confucian Classics, corroborated by historical studies, and oriented to social and political engagement. Zhu Xi (1130-1200) systemized the norms for its construction, application, and evolution, which would have dominated the Neo-Confucian discourses of knowledge culture until its collapse in the mid-nineteenth century. His program saw controversies as ideologized in the fifteenth century, encountered challenges by the Yangming school in the sixteenth century, and eventually was recognized and revived in the late seventeenth century. Given its intellectualism and humanistic orientation, Neo-Confucian learning is hard to be defined with the hypothesis of inward turn.
Biography: Dr. Lianbin Dai (Oxonian) is a Sinologist and historian of late imperial China (1368-1911). His research encompasses issues of traditional Chinese knowledge culture (especially history of the Chinese humanities as a whole), including book history and textual practice. Currently, he is finalizing his book manuscript "Learning to Be Learned: Neo-Confucian Knowledge Culture in Late Imperial China" and editing (with Timothy Brook) "China’s Political Economy in the 15th Century: Reading Qiu Jun’s (1421 – 1495) Supplement to “Elaborations on ‘The Great Learning." He teaches Chinese history, culture, and literature in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria. Before joining the University of Victoria, he had held positions of teaching and research at York University, University of Alberta Museums, Harvard University, and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library Resources Access Grant Program (COVID-19) Scholar Talk
This talk is sponsored by the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library under its Resource Access Grant Program (COVID-19) --- a special program initiated in 2021 with the intention to support Canadian scholars in the field of East Asian Studies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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