Columbia Neo-Confucianism Seminar this Friday

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene Friday, October 4, 2013 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Komoda Room of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Our presenter is Gopal Sukhu of the Department of Classical Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures at Queens College, City University of New York.  His paper is titled “Repossessing the Exorcised: Zhu Xi and the Songs of Chu.”  You might also like to consult his new book, The Shaman and the Heresiarch: A New Interpretation of the Li Sao (SUNY, 2012).

All are welcome to attend.   (If you will be attending and do not have a copy of the paper, please write to an organizer and request one.) Please feel free to forward this message to interested colleagues.  Please join us after the seminar for dinner at the Columbia Cottage restaurant, which is located on the corner of Amsterdam and 111th Streets.

Here is our tentative schedule for the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • Nov. 1, 2013.  Sor-hoon Tan, National University of Singapore.  3:30-5:30pm, Common Room, Heyman Center.
  • Dec. 6, 2013.  Ellen Neskar, Sarah Lawrence College.  3:30-5:30pm, Komoda Room, Heyman Center.
  • Feb. 7, 2014.  Presenter(s) TBA.  3:30-5:30pm, Komoda Room, Heyman Center.
  • Mar. 7, 2014.  Ari Borrell.  Group discussion and translation of selected Chinese texts.  3:30 to 5:30pm, Komoda Room, Heyman Center.
  • Apr. 4, 2014.  Ari Borrell.  Group discussion and translation of selected Chinese texts.  3:30 to 5:30 pm, Common Room, Heyman Center.
  • May 2, 2014.  Presenter(s) TBA.  3:30-5:30pm, Komoda Room, Heyman Center.

If you have any questions, you may contact one of our organizers: Ari Borrell (, Tao Jiang (<>), On-cho Ng (<>), or Deborah Sommer (<> or<>).   Our rapporteur this year is Yang Liu (<>) of Columbia University.

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