It is with great sadness that the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology announces the passing of Professor Jao Tsung-I, on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at the age of 101 years. Professor Jao, one of the most renowned scholars and men of letters of our time, was born in Chaozhou, Guangdong in 1917. In his more than 80 years of academic research, his scholarship extended to nearly every field of traditional Chinese culture, and included ancient history, oracle bone studies, comparative paleography, Dunhuang studies, Chinese classics and their commentaries, archaeology, religions, ethnology, historiography, bibliographical studies, and art history. He was proficient in multiple languages, ranging from English and French to
On 20 December 2017, Mario Sabattini, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Asian and North African Studies at Ca’ Foscari University
in Venice, passed away. Born on July 6th 1944 in Rome, he studied at La Sapienza University in Rome and was a student of Prof. Lionello Lanciotti. In 1970 he started to serve as lecturer of Chinese history, and later taught Chinese language and literature at Ca’ Foscari University, where he served as Head of The Institute of Chinese Studies (1979-1991), Supervisor of Courses of Asian Languages and Literatures (1987-1990), Head of the Department of East Asian Studies (1992-1994), Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Hsinchu, Republic of China
2nd Jul – 10th Aug, 2018
All courses are taught in Chinese by instructors proficient in English and capable of customizing courses to meet the levels of preparation and the interests of students. Readings available in both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Each course meets for six hours a week for six weeks, totalling 36 hours.
Sinophone Women Writers 華人女性文學
This course will lead students on a reading of the works of modern and contemporary Chinese-language female
On 26 November 2017, Gerhard Schmitt passed away. Gerhard Schmitt was born on 28 September 1933 in Canton, where his parents were active as missionaries. Having been repatriated to Germany in 1946, he continued his education in West Germany. In 1950, he was assigned to the Institut für Orientforschung at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Gerhard Schmitt was a pioneer in phonological studies and historical linguistics, but he is also known as the translator of the entire ‘Rulin waishi’ into German. This translation was first published in 1962 in Weimar. Gerhard Schmitt was also active in the fields of myth, ritual and religion.
The sinological community has lost a fine scholar and colleague: on 4 November 2017, Raoul David Findeisen passed away at the age of 58. He was born in Geneva, Switzerland and studied sinology, Japanese studies, Roman languages and literature, and philosophy and comparative philosophy in Berlin, Taipei, Beijing, and Bonn. He worked at the University of Zürich from 1988 until 1999, and at the university of Bochum from 1999 to 2009. In 2009 he moved to the Comenius University in Bratislava. Raoul David Findeisen is primarily known as a specialist in Lu Xun studies, but he also did research into the writings of Guo Moruo, Chinese literary theory and intercultural encounters between China and Europe.
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Final Report EACS Summer School “Hidden in Plain Sight: Materiality, Meaning and Accessibility of Chinese Objects in Local Collections” – University of Wales Trinity Saint David
4–9th Sep 2017
Chinese objects often lead dormant lives in private collections and museums across Europe, especially in small institutions without specialist curators. The workshop aimed to introduce participants to the issues, both theoretical and practical, involved in researching, curating and exhibiting Chinese objects from small and medium-sized museums or private collections.
19 young scholars