Martin Kern, Princeton University
Beyond Nativism: Ethics and Method in the Study of Ancient China
New manuscript finds, methodological approaches, and “big data” offer exciting perspectives for the study of ancient China that did not exist a generation ago. Yet within the Chinese academy, a monolingual, monocultural nativism in defense of cultural and national identity remains an influential force. The answer to it lies in rigorous comparative work that recognizes the significance of early China as partof the global ancient world
About the Speaker.
Professor Martin Kern is the Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. He has published extensively across the fields of literature, philology, history, religion, and art in ancient and medieval China. His current book project is titled Performance, Memory, and Authorship in Ancient China: The Formation of the Poetic Tradition. At Princeton, Kern leads the new university-wide initiative “Comparative Antiquity”; at Renmin University of China (Beijing), he directs the “International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures.”
Program of the upcoming lectures attached.
Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ph. D. Program in Asian and African Studies (Ref. Prof. Patrick Heinrich)