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Participants’ Perspectives on “In Search of New Methods, Perspectives and Sources: Hong Kong Postgraduate Students Conference on Ming-Qing Studies”
 

Dates of the event: 11-12 March 2016
Organised by: Department of Chinese Culture, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Project Leader: Prof. Chu Hung-lam (Dean, Faculty of Humanities)
Organiser: Mr Chng Xing Liang (PhD candidate of Department of Chinese Culture)
Co-organisers: Mr Huang Tao, Mr Yu Jindong, Mr Zhou Zhongliang, Mr Lin Zhan, Mr Zhang Rui and Miss Frances Guo Feng (PhD and MPhil candidates of Department of Chinese Culture)

Supported by the Postgraduate Students Conference / Seminar Grants of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the Department of Chinese Culture, the two-day conference “In Search of New Methods, Perspectives and Sources: Hong Kong Postgraduate Students Conference on Ming-Qing Studies” successfully brought together 25 postgraduate students from seven University Grants Committee funded universities in Hong Kong, namely The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the University of Hong Kong

The Conference was designed to act as a platform to spark interest across disciplines and departments among Hong Kong postgraduate students. Presenters of the Conference not only had the opportunity to interact with the invited keynote speaker Prof. Peter Kees Bol from Harvard University directly; but also benefited greatly from Prof. Bol’s insights into Chinese local history and digital humanities. Enabling students to exchange their latest researches in progress with peers, the Conference stimulated discussions and debates on issues concerning research methodologies, research perspectives and exploitation of new sources in the current state of Ming-Qing studies.

Miss Lin Zhihui from HKBU pointed out that the papers presented in this conference form a well-integrated and thought-provoking entity. The themes covering art history, gender, translation, Confucianism were inspiring, and the issues were closely interwoven with one another. “Through the intensive discussion on a wide range of topics related to Ming-Qing studies, I was well informed about the latest development of the field: from the discovery of new archival materials to the ‘big data’ incorporated methodology. Also the critical feedback I obtained after my presentation is crucial for the further strengthening of my argument. This was truly an intellectually and professionally rewarding experience. Many thanks go to the organisers for their enthusiastic support,” said Miss Hazel Chen Shu from HKUST.   

On behalf of the Organising Committee, Mr Chng Xing Liang from the Department of Chinese Culture stressed that the keynote speaker’s willingness to share his prominent contributions to Chinese studies with the young emerging scholars in Hong Kong, as well as the continuous guidance and full support provided by the Faculty Dean, Prof. Chu Hung-lam (the RGC Project Leader), staff from the Faculty and the Department along the way are greatly appreciated. “Besides those insightful intellectual exchanges, the wonderful experience we gained from the full involvement in planning, preparation, and delivering will be a good evidence of our managerial competence in the future,” noted Chng. It is believed that the conference has fostered a stronger awareness of the feasibility of interdisciplinary and cross cultural studies in postgraduate level research.

For more details about the Conference, please visit
https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cc/mingqingconference2016/en/index.php.


(Left) Opening Remarks by Prof. Chu Hung-lam, Dean of Faculty of Humanities, Cally Kwong Mei Wan Professor in Culture and Art, and Chair Professor of Chinese Culture, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
(Right) Keynote Speech by Prof. Peter Kees Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University


(Left) Panel 1: Philosophy, Literature, and Symbol (Moderator: Mr Huang Tao from the Department of Chinese Culture, PolyU)
(Right) Panel 2: Version, Transmission, and Translation (Moderator: Mr Zhou Zhongliang from the Department of Chinese Culture, PolyU)


(Left) Panel 3: Statecraft Idea and Political Practice (Moderator: Mr Chng Xing Liang from the Department of Chinese Culture, PolyU)
(Right) Panel 4: Art, Image, and Genre (Moderator: Miss Hazel Chen Shu from the Division of Humanities, HKUST)


(Left) Panel 5: Interpretation, Reception, and Application of Texts (Moderator: Mr Lin Zhan from the Department of Chinese Culture, PolyU)
(Right) Closing Ceremony

 

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