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Tiger Event


September 3, 2020 at 11:30:00 PM

What’s in a name: The origin of place names (地 名)in ancient China and their role in the imperial system

Presenter / Panelists

Jim Hargett, Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of East Asian Studies, State University of New York at Albany


Cynthia Chennault, Emerita, Chinese Literature, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Florida

Jim will share findings from his recent research on the origin of place names (diming 地名)  in China in the period before Qin unification in 221 BCE. Since all  China scholars, especially those who work in the imperial era (Qin  Dynasty and thereafter through to the Qing Dynasty), on some level work  with place names, this topic should interest many academics, as well as  curious lay people.   The presentation will address place names in terms of two questions:

  • How were place-names first formulated  during the Shang and Zhou periods?

  • What is the role or function of place names in subsequent Chinese history?

Jim will offer some new ideas about the function of place names in imperial China.

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