Prague Summer School of Chinese Poetry „Wang Wei across Time and Space“

Prague 1, Czech Republic
4 – 8th Sep 2023
Deadline: 15th. Jun 2023

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation International Sinological Center in Prague invites applications for participation at

Prague Summer School of Chinese Poetry „Wang Wei across Time and Space“

Date: September 4 – 8, 2023 Venue: Faculty of Arts, Prague 1, Czech Republic

Tentative programme:

Day 1: Wang Wei – a court poet and a recluse of the Golden Age of Chinese poetry
Day 2: Reception of Wang Wei in later periods and issues of shaping an ideal Tang poet
Day 3: Wang Wei in Wangchuan – poetry and painting from different perspectives
Day 4: Wang Wei in 20th century China
Day 5: Appropriation of Wang Wei by Western poets

The summer school is open to all interested students and young scholars, upon sending the filled-in application form (available at to The tuition is free for all participants. Participants from Central and Eastern European institutions are eligible for a limited number of CCK-F travel and accommodation grants; to apply, specify the estimated ticket price and attach a short CV in your application.

Application deadline is June 15, 2023.

Wang Wei (699-761), along with Li Bai and Du Fu, is generally known as one of the “Holy Trinity” of Tang poetry and as such he is well remembered even outside the circles of students of Chinese literature. Generally known as the greatest nature poet of the Tang, whose tranquil, seemingly simple landscapes can be read as expressions of Buddhist, particularly chan experience, Wang Wei is also one of the very few Chinese poets translated into western languages, and a poet who even inspired western modernists in their experimentations. Wang Wei is also an important figure in the history of Chinese painting, despite the fact that very little of his art has been preserved.

There is no doubt that Wang Wei is an important figure in Chinese literature and culture, however recently Chinese literature studies in Europe are more preoccupied with fiction rather than poetry and with modern periods rather the Tang. The aim of this summer school is to introduce Wang Wei’s poetic art to students of sinology who do not necessarily specialize in Tang poetry studies. At the same time scholars from Europe and Taiwan through lectures, readings and interpretations of poems from various perspectives will offer new perspectives on Wang Wei which will certainly be of interest also to Tang poetry students.