Xiaonan Deng - Professor of History at Peking University; Chairperson of Chinese Society for the Song Studies
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Room 202, Henry R. Luce Hall
34 Hillhouse AvenueNew Haven, CT 06511
**Please note this talk will be in Chinese**
The women of the Inner Court Secretariat did not play a policy-making role comparable to that of the well-known officials of the Song dynasty, but they did draft documents on the emperor’s behalf. In many instances, these women, and not the emperor, retained control of the imperial seal. Although they did not leave the inner palace, some women gained a thorough understanding of Song governance. Documentation about these women is scarce, but Deng will discuss the greater role women seem to play during the Southern Song than during the Northern Song.
Light lunch will be provided
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