‘Believing’ (信) in the Song: A Preliminary Report from Work in Progress

'Believing' (信) in the Song: A Preliminary Report from Work in Progress

Robert Hymes - H. Walpole Carpentier Professor of Chinese History, Columbia University

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Room 202, Henry R. Luce Hall See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Robert Hymes, H. Walpole Carpentier Professor of Chinese History (EALAC), received his B.A. from Columbia (1972) and his M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Pennsylvania . His work has focused 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 of which won the Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies for the best book on pre-1900 China.  He also co-edited Ordering the World: Approaches to State and Society in Sung Dynasty China (1993).