Time: 4:00 pm
Belief in Song Religion: "Writings from Longshu on the Pure Land" (Longshu jingtu wen 龍舒淨土文)
Robert Hymes, Columbia University
Robert Hymes, H. Walpole Carpentier Professor of Chinese History at Columbia University, received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. His work focuses on the social and cultural history of middle-period and early-modern China, drawing questions and sometimes data from cultural anthropology as well as history, and using the methods of the local historian to study elite culture, family and kinship, medicine, religion, gender, and (currently) the changing role and form of Chinese social networks from the tenth through the seventeenth centuries. His publications include Statemen and Gentlemen: The Elite of Fu-chou Chiang-hsi, in Northern and Southern Sung (1987), and Way and Byway: Taoism, Local Religion, and Models of Divinity in Sung and Modern China (2002). Both books won the Joseph Levenson Prize from the Association for Asian Studies for the best book on pre-1900 China. Professor Hymes also co-edited Ordering the World: Approaches to State and Society in Sung Dynasty China (1993).
Jointly hosted by the Chinese Religions Seminar and the China Humanities Seminar
Location: CGIS South, Room S030, 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University