Confucius Institute for Scotland

Distinguished lecture series

Newly discovered bronze inscriptions of the late Shang and early Zhou dynasties and their significance for our understanding of early Chinese culture and classics.

Professor Chen Zhi

Location: Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 5HP
Date: Thursday 18 April
Time: Registration 5.30pm / Lecture 6pm / Q&A , Networking & Drinks 7. 30pm.
Professor Chen Zhi is Vice President in Academic Affairs of BNU-HKBU United International College (UIC) at Zhuhai.
Chinese Bronze inscriptions first appeared in the Shang dynasty (17th-11th century B.C.); during the Zhou dynasty, the numbers of bronze ritual vessels with inscriptions increased exponentially. The Zhou bronze inscriptions extended to hundreds of characters. The contents mainly include eulogies of the Zhou ancestors and kings as well as historical records, which help us to fill significant gaps in our knowledge of Chinese history from late Shang through the Western Zhou dynasty (11th century-771 B.C.).
Focusing on recently discovered 11th century B.C. bronze vessels, Prof. Chen Zhi will lead the audience in reading the inscriptions to demonstrate the importance of these excavated texts as sources that require close reading. He will also re-interpret some of the texts of the transmitted Chinese Confucian classics, such as the Book of Odes, the Book of Documents, the Books of Etiquettes, based on the cross-references with these inscriptional documents.
Professor Chen Zhi holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Peking University and a M.Phil in Chinese Literature from Nanjing University. He also has a PhD degree in Chinese studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA. Professor Chen started his teaching at National University of Singapore, Middlebury College and the UW-Madison. He joined HKBU in 2000, and served as Acting Dean of Arts, Chair Professor in Chinese Literature and the founding Director of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology. Currently he is concurrently appointed to the Vice President in Academic Affairs of BNU-HKBU United International College (UIC) at Zhuhai.
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