Textual Sources on Women in Confucianism
[Workshop] Textual Sources on Women in Confucianism
3-4 April 2020, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
A Brief Description of the Workshop
A growing number of scholars have produced research focused on the distinctive role, status, and social activity of women within the Confucian tradition. Most of this work has taken texts of various kinds, some written by women some by men, as their primary object of study. Such research has the important added value of making original writings on women available to English-speaking audiences and thereby enabling scholars and students access to material that many would be unable to read.
This workshop will bring together six scholars who work on Confucian textual sources on women, three who work on Chinese sources and three who work on Korean sources, who will present their past and current research, share views and experiences on the distinctive approaches and problems characteristic of this work, discuss similarities and differences between such research on Chinese and Korean sources, and jointly develop a list of priorities concerning texts and problems for future research. One possible future research problem might be exploring some topic or issue in the different contexts of China and Korea.
The plan of the workshop will be for each participant to provide a reading in Classical Chinese directly linked to their research that are particularly interesting in terms of translation, interpretation, sociology, history, or ethical philosophy. The readings should be approximately 600-800 characters in length, and be circulated to all members, two months prior to our meeting. These will serve as the basis for their presentation at the workshop. With these presentations serving as the foundation, the participants will then proceed to discuss the agenda described in the previous paragraph.
List of Participants
• Ann Pang-White (University of Scranton)
The Confucian Four Books for Women: A New Translation of the Nü Sishu and the Commentary of Wang
Xiang, (Oxford University Press, 2018).
• Anne Behnke Kinney (University of Virginia)
Exemplary Women of Early China: The Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang (Columbia University Press, 2014).
• Pauline Chen Lee (St. Louis University)
Li Zhi (1527-1602), Confucianism, and the Virtue of Desire, (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2013).
• Jungwon Kim (Columbia University)
Families in Trials: Local Courts and Legal Culture in Late Chosŏn Korea (forthcoming).
• Hwa Yeong Wang (Sungkyunkwan University)
Confucianism and Rituals for Women in Chosŏn Korea: A Philosophical Interpretation, (PhD Dissertation,
SUNY Binghamton, 2018).
• Philip J. Ivanhoe (Sungkyunkwan University)
The Complete Works of Im Yunjidang and Kang Jeongildang (MS.)