Court and Society in Medieval China
Two lectures at the Pacific Basin Institute
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pacific Basin Institute
Rose Hills Theatre
170 E. Sixth St
Two lectures by Patricia Ebrey, Department of History, University of Washington
Tuesday, March 28: “Women and Power at the Song Court”
Thursday, March 30: “Collecting and Cultural Power in Song China,” respectively.
The Tuesday talk will look both at women who had power (empress dowager regents for young emperors) and women as consequences of power (the huge size of the imperial harem). The Thursday talk will examine both scholar-officials and emperors as collectors of books, antiquities, calligraphy and painting and consider their relative ability to dominate taste, participate in the market for purchasing objects, and set standards of interpretation and authentication. Ebrey is known both for her work on the broad sweep of Chinese history (China: A Cultural, Social, and Political History, 2006; Cambridge Illustrated History of China, 1996; Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, 1981, 1993), and her studies of women and the family in the Song period, including her prize-winning The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period (1993).
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