The Society for the Study of Early China Sixth Annual Conference

In conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies conference in Washington, DC

The Society for the Study of Early China holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies. There is no charge to attend, and registration for AAS is not required. For questions about this conference, please address them to the organizing committee chair Charles Sanft (

 Thursday, 22 March 2018

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Room Wilson B, Washington DC

 Session 1         Moderator: Anne Kinney (University of Virginia)

9:00 – 9:30      Lai Guolong (University of Florida), “Rethinking the Role of the So-called ‘Semantic Classifiers’ (Xingfu) in the Pre-Han Chinese Script”

9:30 – 10:00    Ondřej Škrabal (Charles University), “On the Origins of Western Zhou Epigraphy: A View from the Perspective of Final Formulaic Phrases.”

10:00 – 10:30  Liu Ziliang (Harvard University), “The Marquis of Haihun’s Confucius Dressing Mirror and the Development of the Sishen jing ‘Mirror with Animals of the Four Directions’ in the Western Han Dynasty”

10:30 – 10:45 Break


Session 2         Moderator: Lisa Indraccolo (Universität Zürich)

10:45 – 11:15 Yang Lei (Carleton College), “How vs. What: A Case Study of Empress Dowager Lü in Shi ji and Han shu

11:15 – 11:45 Frank Perkins (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa), “Reconsidering Guodian Laozi C and Taiyi shengshui

11:45 – 12:15 Charles Sanft 陳力強 (University of Tennessee), “The Problem of the Qi Lunyu

12:15 – 1:45    Break for lunch

Session 3         Moderator: Robin D. S. Yates (McGill University)

1:45 – 2:15      Shi Jie (Bryn Mawr College), “Between Body and Cosmos: Revisiting ‘Lacquer Face-covers’ in Han China”

2:15 – 2:45      Li Chen (Tongji University), “Classical Columns in Han China”

2:45 – 3:15      Du Heng (Harvard University), "Branching Catalogues in Early Chinese Texts from Tang zai Chimen to the 'Yiwenzhi'"


3:15 – 3:30     Break

Session 4         Moderator: Constance Cook (Lehigh University)

3:30 – 4:00      Li Kin Sum李建深 (Hong Kong Baptist University), “Industrial Production and Regulation of the Weight System in the Qin Empire”

4:00 – 4:30      He Yongshan (University of Toronto), “Customized Cosmology: Daybook Divination and Low-level Governmental Officials in Early Imperial China”

4:30 – 5:00      Tong Chun Fung唐俊峰 (Universität Heidelberg), “The Human Resource Shortage in a Qin Regional Government: Evidence from the Liye Manuscripts”

5:00 – 5:30     SSEC Business meeting