Chinese Medieval Studies Workshop
The 12th Annual Meeting of the Chinese Medieval Studies Workshop was held at Rutgers University on May 5, 2018. This workshop, started by Professor Wendy Swartz and funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo (CCK) Foundation, is a major academic forum for the exchange of ideas and the advancement of scholarship. Distinguished scholars from across the United States working on medieval Chinese literature, history, religion, and visual culture, have been meeting annually in this forum since 2003 to discuss their current research. Ground-breaking research and methodology first presented at these workshops have found their way into notable and award-winning books and journal articles.
This workshop has also served as a lively forum that encourages scholars to collaborate and exchange ideas. The most recent product resulting from this workshop is a book on cultural memory, remembrance, commemorative writings, to be published by Brill Press in 2018, entitled Memory in Medieval China: Text, Ritual, and Community, edited by Wendy Swartz and Robert Campany. This will be the first book on this subject in English and it promises to be a significant contribution to the field medieval studies.
This workshop has also contributed to expanding the field by providing a venue for younger, up-and-coming scholars to participate in major scholarly discussions. Over the years, graduate students from Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, The University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers have attended the meetings. This workshop hopes to build on the momentum it has gathered over the past decade and continue to be a major forum for scholarly exchange.