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Classics and the Far East - 29/06/2015, Exeter (England)

This international and interdisciplinary colloquium will bring together leading scholars and graduate students from the UK, China, and Singapore, to examine in depth the dynamic interactions between the discipline of Classics and scholarly culture in the Far East.

Our colloquium combines contemporary perspectives pertinent to the (now) global dimension of the (formerly) Euro-centric discipline of Classics with broader cultural-historical questions about ‘classicism’ as a global cultural phenomenon. On the contemporary side, we seek to critically reflect on the rise of (Greek and Roman, that is, Western) Classics as an academic discipline in the universities of the Far East by asking: what motivates this development? What do Asian cultures seek to gain from offering to their students an education in Western Classics? And what can we as a discipline gain from this widening of cultural perspectives?

In terms of broader cultural-historical issues, our interest lies in the cultural paradigm of ‘classicism’ which occurs in many world civilisations and thereby appears to accrue a certain transhistorical quality. In a globalised world that contains multiple, co-existing and competing classicisms, the process of negotiating different paradigms of classicism emerges as a crucial site of contests of cultural authority and identity formation.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 29/06/2015

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Exeter and Devon Institute Library, 7 Cathedral Close, (Exeter, England)


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12:30 – 13:00: Registration and Welcome

13:00 – 13:45: Wei ZHANG (Fudan University, Shanghai, China): Poetic Knowledge and the Reception of Homer in modern China

13:45 – 14:30: Jinyu LIU (Shanghai Normal University, China): Chinese Philhellenism in the Republican Period of China

14:30 – 15:00 Tea

15:00 – 15:45: Jenny Jingyi ZHAO (University of Cambridge, U.K.): Classics at Home and Abroad: the Impact of China’s Reception of Graeco-Roman Classics

15:45 – 16:30: Steven GREEN (YALE-NUS, Singapore): The Classical World for a Contemporary Singapore

16:30 – 17:00: Responses and Conclusion

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