Columbia University

in the City of New York                                                    哥倫比亞大學早期中國講座



Regular Location: Kent Hall 405, Morningside Camps / Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM, Saturday





Qin conference April 6-7, 2012




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University Seminars


CCK-IUC for Sinology


East Asian Department


Society for the Study

of Early China








Paul Goldin Bibliographies







Schedule for 2013-2014:  October 12, 2013; November 16, 2013; March 22, 2014; April 12, 2014; May 17, 2014


 Co-chairs for 2012-2013:                                                                           

 Li Feng (Columbia University)-- fl123*

 David W. Pankenier (Lehigh University)-- dwp0*Lehigh.EDU


 Maxim Korolkov (Columbia University)—mk3363*

Objectives of the Seminar

The Early China Seminar is an inter-university forum for the study of early Chinese civilization from the Neolithic period to the end of the Han Dynasty (A.D. 220). The seminar offers a multidisciplinary program, bringing together scholars from all fields related to early China—history, archaeology, art history, literature and language, religion and philosophy. The seminar aims at stimulating creative new insight and analysis based especially on recently discovered archaeological and textual materials and at promoting communications between scholars in the East Coast region and those outside of the region. We meet five times a year and each meeting futures two presentations. In the past four years, scholars from more than 15 institutions on the East Coast attended the seminar and more than 20 scholars from other regions and overseas were invited to present papers. The seminar is administered through Columbia University Seminars’ Office and co-sponsored by the CCK Inter-University Center for Sinology at Harvard University. It is held regularly in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, New York.

Early China Seminar Special Volume:

Writing and Literacy in Early China: Studies from the Columbia Early China Seminar 

Edited by Li Feng and David Prager Branner

Contributions by Anthony Barbieri-Low, William Boltz, Constance Cook, Lothar von Falkenhausen, David Pankenier, Matthias Richter, Adam Smith, Ken-ichi Takashima, and Robin Yates



University of Washington Press, 2011                    

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Membership, including members for Columbia faculty and associate members for scholars from other institutions, can be obtained by sending the completed curriculum vitae form to the co-chairs. Membership is granted by the University Seminars’ Office on recommendation of the co-chairs to scholars with confirmed academic credentials such as teaching jobs and research publications on Early China. The seminar also welcomes the participation of graduate students and young scholars of ancient China. The complete cv-form should be mailed to:  Li Feng, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Kent Hall 407, MC: 3907, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027,  Fax: 212-678-8629                                                                      



Spring 2011-12 Report

In 2011-2012, Professors Li Feng 李峰 (Columbia University) and David W. Pankenier 班大爲 (Lehigh University) have co-chaired an overloaded program in the Early China Seminar. The seminar year began on October 1, 2011 with two paper presentations by Kenneth Holloway (Florida State University) on “The Transition from Immanent to Transcendent: Situating Religion in the ‘Xing zi mingchu性自命出between the Analects and the Daode jing,” and Andrew Myer  (Continue)




Presentations during 2013-2014 


Past presentations: 2003-2004  2002-2003  2004-2005  2006-2007 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013