Conservatism, Orthodoxy and Intellectual Change: the Qingyuan School of Learning in Early Modern China

CGS Brown Bag Series
Mar 25, 2015
01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
101 Old Botany

Courtney Rong Fu, Penn State

Courtney’s project explores the survival state of Cheng-Chu Confucianism during the mid to late Ming period, focusing on the Qingyuan School. By examining the institutional formation of academies, textual production, cultural consumption, book markets, printing and publishing industries, and overseas trade in Quanzhou, her project hopes to lay bare the larger contexts in which an intellectual lineage developed and thrived. Her study reveals a complex picture of interconnections between a host of historical dynamics, showing how intellectual forces were bound up with material ones, and local developments were nested in the global contexts. It provides glimpses into Chinese early modernity, as conservatism nevertheless engendered change, and as intellectual development inevitably became enmeshed in global economic and cultural forces. 

Courtney's interest is in socio-cultural history of late imperial China with a special focus on scholarly and literati activities. She is also interested in gender history of imperial China and the republican period.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Series which focuses on interdisciplinary faculty and graduate research.

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