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CALL. 10.10.2018: Manuscript Culture in Ancient Egypt and China - Beijing (China)


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LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Renmin University of China (Beijing, China)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC) of RUC.



The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC), hosted at Renmin University of China, will hold its Fourth Ph.D. Student and Early-Career Scholar Workshop on January 14 -18, 2019. Four days of seminars will be concluded with student presentations and plenary discussion on the fifth day. The principal language of instruction and interaction will be English.

This week-long seminar will explore the basic institutions, agents, practices, and media that shaped manuscript culture in ancient Egypt and early and medieval China. By comparing Egypt and China from both a diachronic and cross-cultural perspective, we will discover the differences and commonalities in how these cultures produced, stored, and transmitted information, and in the process, become sensitive to the theories and methods that enable researchers to study ancient manuscript cultures most profitably. These two long-standing manuscript cultures will serve as case studies for honing our skills in formulating productive research questions, collecting relevant data, and selecting suitable methodologies. Students and early-career scholars in any field of manuscript studies (irrespective of time period, language, or region) will benefit from an in-depth look at, and intensive engagement with, the rich sources that Egypt and China offer to study the dynamics of manuscript cultures. The seminars will be interactive and offer ample opportunity for participants to discuss their own research data and questions.

The program will accept 40 Ph.D. students who are specializing in a premodern manuscript culture (not limited to Egypt or China) and will benefit from comparative perspectives in their dissertation research. Half the number of students will be admitted from Chinese universities, the other half from universities outside China. Those who have passed their Ph.D. qualifying examinations and have started writing their dissertations are encouraged to apply.

Room, board, and other local expenses will be covered by the Center. Students are expected to cover their own airfare and transportation to Beijing. The Center can provide students with documentation to apply for travel funds from their own university or other granting agencies. All necessary visa documentation will be provided by the Center, but visa processing fees will not be covered.

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