Body and Cosmos in China: An Interdisciplinary Symposium in Honor of Nathan Sivin

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Perry World House
3803 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Body and Cosmos in China:
An Interdisciplinary Symposium in Honor of Nathan Sivin
Saturday, October 14
9:00-9:30 Breakfast and Opening Remarks
Nathan Sivin (University of Pennsylvania)
“Why Some Comparisons Are Better Than Others”
10:10-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:00 Body and Cosmos in Chinese Religion
Terry Kleeman (University of Colorado, Boulder)
“The Discourse on Wealth and Fame in Early Celestial Master Daoism”
Fabrizio Pregadio (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
“Models of the Body in Daoism”
Pierce Salguero (The Abington College of Penn State University)
“This Fathom-long Body: Bodily Materiality and Ascetic Ideology in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Scriptures”
12:00-1:15 Lunch Break
1:15-2:45 Body and Medicine I
Marta Hanson (The Johns Hopkins University)
“Embodying Prognostication: Bodies, Proxy Bodies, and Disembodied Means for Making Medical Prognoses in Chinese History”
Asaf Goldschmidt (Tel Aviv University)
“Changing Perceptions of the Female Body as Recorded in Twelfth Century Cold Damage Medical Care Records”
Hilary Smith (University of Denver)
“Hunger as a Medical Problem: Changes in Concepts of Nutrition in Chinese Medicine”
2:45-3:15 Coffee Break
3:15-4:45 Body and Medicine II
BIAN He (Princeton)
“Natural Particulars: Pharmacology, Cosmology, and the Quest after Causes during the Ming-Qing transition”
Carla Nappi (University of British Columbia)
“Prepositional Selves: Manchu Bodies in Translation”
Ori Tavor (University of Pennsylvania)
“Aging Bodies: Anxious Masculinities and Rejuvenation Culture in Early China”
6:00 Dinner (for participants)
Sunday, October 15
9:00-9:30 breakfast
9:30-11:00 Body and Cosmos in Early China I
Paul R. Goldin (University of Pennsylvania)
“What Is qi 氣 and Why Was It a Good Idea?”
Constance A. Cook (Lehigh University)
“Divination and the Body in BCE China”
Brandon King (University of Pennsylvania)
“The Political Vision in the Hánfēizǐ’s “Jiě Lǎo” 解老Chapter”
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 Body and Cosmos in Early China II
Maddalena Poli (University of Pennsylvania)
“The Arousal of Human Nature: Human-world Interactions the Xing Zi Ming Chu 性自命出”
SHI Jie (Bryn Mawr College)
“Between Body and Universe: Lacquer ‘Face Covers’ in Western Han China Revisited”
12:30-1:45 Lunch Break
1:45-3:15 Science and Cosmology in the Han
John S. Major
“Medicine and Medical Metaphors in the Huainanzi”
Alexus McLeod (University of Connecticut)
“Disordering the Regularities of Nature in the Astronomy of the Huainanzi”
Noa Hegesh (University of Pennsylvania)
“The Technical Art of Cosmological Tuning”
3:15-3:45 Coffee Break
3:45-4:45 Virtues and Roles in Chinese Cosmology
Timothy Connolly (East Stroudsburg University)
“The Metaphysical Foundations of Virtues and Roles in Early Confucian Ethics”
Ann A. Pang-White (The University of Scranton)
“Gendering Virtue: The Notion of Zhen 貞 (Purity) in the Yijing and the Confucian Four Books for Women”