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Fall 2018

The Cornell Classical Chinese Colloquium
Fall CCCC 2018 schedule

Friday, October 26, Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania)

One of the earliest miracle tales about Guanshiyin 觀世音 (Avalokiteśvara), preserved only in a Japanese monastery. 

What is striking about the passage we'll be reading is that it perfectly complements a historical record in the History of the Jin (Jin shu 晉書) from around the same time.


Friday, November 2, Hoai Khai Tran (Phd. D. Candidate, 2018-2019, Asian Studies, Cornell University

“Expressions of the heart from the excesses of wind, clouds, moon, and dew”: encounters with a poetess in the Record of Lingering Fragrance (1814)"

The preface to the Record of Lingering Fragrance 瑠香記 (1814) contains some of the only biographical information about the renowned Sino-Vietnamese poetess Hồ Xuân Hương 胡春香, who flourished during the early nineteenth-century in Thăng Long (Hanoi), northern Vietnam.  In the preface, an admirer of Xuân Hương intimates a culture of literary entertainment that found expression through wine, song, and literary composition at particular establishments such as Xuân Hương’s Ancient Moon Studio.  The preface further suggests that the main participants in these activities were sojourning scholars who flocked to Thăng Long to participate in the limited and irregular civil service examinations during the early Nguyễn Dynasty (1802-1945).


Wednesday, November 21, Michael Stanley Baker (Nanyang Technological University of Singapore)

"DocuSky" Digital Humanities Workshop

DocuSky is a digital humanities research platform created specifically for humanities researchers of texts, to suit various needs and different stages of research. It allows researchers to build up their own personal database of texts for text processing, tagging, text reorganizing and contextualizing, text-mining, GIS and visualization. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to analyze a full-text corpus of the Buddhist and Daoist canons using Docusky, and then to visualize those results using Palladio. Participants will learn how to search for large term sets, determine their statistical distribution by chapter, and sort these chapters according to bibliographic criteria. They will then learn how to produce simple but powerful visualizations to show the similarities or differences between term clusters in different scriptural groups.


Friday, November 30, Norman Kutcher (Syracuse University) canceled. To be rescheduled.