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RZ-249860-16

Rice University (Houston, TX 77005-1827)
Nanxiu Qian (Project Director: December 2015 to present)
Richard J. Smith (Co Project Director: January 2016 to present)

Reconsidering the Sino Cultural Sphere: A Critical Examination of the Use of Literary Chinese by East Asian Cultures

An international scholarly conference with participants from Asia, North America, and Europe, reconsidering the role of classical Chinese written language in the development of China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

This conference brings scholars from Asia and the West into a direct conversation about the way that the classical Chinese written language, or literary Sinitic, has contributed to the shaping of the Sinosphere (China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam). For hundreds of years, the Sinosphere shared this language for recording and transmitting its rich cultures. A close reading of this huge but understudied body of literature will not only enhance our knowledge of the complicated process by which East Asian cultures negotiated their respective identities, but also contribute to a larger and much-needed academic conversation about similar processes in other parts of the world. To achieve this goal, we need to subvert the longstanding Sinocentrism of East Asian Studies, showing that once cultural products travel into another cultural context, they quickly become embedded in that physical and intellectual space, and evolve into new forms of literary life that bear indigenous qualities.

Project fields:
East Asian Studies

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$65,000 (approved)
$65,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2019