Precedence and Persuasion: Some Preliminary Thoughts on ‘Classicizing’ in the Tang Dynasty
Research Meeting with Alexei Ditter
50 George Square, 2.54
The practice of ‘circulating scrolls’ developed during the mid-Tang as a means for civil service examination candidates to acquire the patronage they required in order to pass. The ‘cover letters’ that accompanied these circulated portfolios of written work offer a unique glimpse into candidates’ attempts to translate the cultural capital accumulated through years of classical learning into social and political relationships.
Comparative Early Empire Projects – The Byzantine Perspective
Research Meeting with John F. Haldon
24 Buccleuch Place, 3.06
Over this lunch-time research meeting, John F. Haldon, Shelby Cullom Davis ’30 Professor of European History and Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies, emeritus, shares insights, experiences, and ideas from the various projects on comparative empire studies he was involved with in recent years.
History (and the Frontier) as Literature in Eleventh-Century Byzantine Historical Accounts
Research meeting with Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger
David Hume Tower, 7.18
Approaching ‘history as literature’ has allowed byzantinists to pinpoint and examine the narrative conventions (largely derived from a common rhetorical education) that shaped Byzantine narratives of the past. ... This paper discusses different approaches to the frontier space conveyed in the eleventh-century Byzantine historical accounts of Michael Psellos, Michael Attaleiates, and John Skylitzes.
Research Meeting on Song China
Research Meeting with Patricia Ebrey and Anna Shields
Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School (Doorway 4), Edinburgh EH8 9AG, UK
Patricia Ebrey: The Resilience of Chinese Empires: How the Song Survived the Jurchen Invasion Anna Shields: Rewriting the Tang Dynasty Poetic Past: Epistemic Hybridity in the Records of Events Concerning Tang Poetry 唐詩紀事
Dividing the Realm in Order to Govern: The Dili Yan’ge Tradition and its Uses in Tang and Song China
Research meeting with Prof. Ruth Mostern (University of Pittsburgh)
David Hume Tower - LG.08, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JX
*Postponed* Aristocratic Book Patronage in the Twelfth Century
Research meeting with Elizabeth M. Jeffreys
Old College, Teaching Room 05, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL
*The meeting has been postponed until the next academic year*