Zuozhuan in the Context of Warring States Texts

Zuozhuan in the Context of Warring States Texts

Taiwan Studies Lectureship Annual Conference

Friday, May 12, 2017
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
314 Royce Hall

On the occasion of the publication of a new translation of the Zuozhuan (Zuo Tradition) in the Classics of Chinese Thought series of the University of Washington Press, UCLA is hosting a gathering of scholars to consider the work in relation to other texts thought to have been composed or compiled during the Warring States period. Even as recent archaeological discoveries have shed new light on the origins of the Zuozhuan, ongoing scholarship in the several historical and philological fields of Early China studies has continued to underline the central importance of this definitive text. Conference participants are invited to reflect on Zuozhuan’s origins, on its links with other texts of the time (e.g., philosophical, historical, legal, ritual), or more generally on its status as a product of and reflection of its era.

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Zuozhuan in the Context of Warring States Texts

Friday, May 12

9:30-9:40 Welcome by David Schaberg, UCLA

9:40-10:00 Introduction to the Translation
David Schaberg, Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li

10:00-12:00 Panel I: Zuozhuan as Text
Chair: Min Li, UCLA

Kuan-yun (Kevin) Huang, Tsing Hua University
Zizhan Recites the "Grasshopper" (Caochong)

Lee-moi Pham, Academia Sinica
Words are an Embellishment of the Person: Thinking from Xi 24

Stephen Durrant, University of Oregon
Etiology and the chu 初 Formula in Zuozhuan

David Schaberg, UCLA
12:00-1:30 Lunch

Panel II: Zuozhuan and Warring States Culture
Chair: Lothar Von Falkenhausen, UCLA

Martin Kern, Princeton University
Immanent Hermeneutics: How Zuozhuan Makes Commentators

Mick Hunter, Yale University     Role of Confucius in the Zuozhuan

Kam-siu Cheung, Chinese University of Hong Kong/Harvard             Rereading Chapter 16 of the Tsinghua Bamboo-strip Manuscript Xinian in comparison with Zuozhuan


3:15-5:30 Panel III: Zuozhuan in the Context of Other (Warring States?) Texts
Chair: Yinghui Wu, UCLA

Mark Csikszentmihalyi, UC Berkeley                        The Zuozhuan as a Source of Knowledge about Pre-Imperial Religious Practices

Wai-yee Li, Harvard University
Cultural Identity and Cultural Difference in Zuozhuan

Yiqun Zhou, Stanford University
Heroic Suicide in Zuozhuan and Other Warring States Texts

5:30 Reception

7:00 Conclusion

Saturday, May 13

 9:30-12:00 Teaching the Zuozhuan to Students and Colleagues

I. Digital Resources and Computational Approaches

II. Approaches to Pedagogy


The UCLA Taiwan Studies Lectureship is a joint program of the UCLA Asia Pacific Center and the Dean of Humanities and is made possible with funding from the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, represented by the Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles.

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Asia Pacific Center, UCLA Dean of Humanities, Taipei Economic and Cultural Organization in Los Angeles