Events & Seminars

Public Lecture, Humanities
132nd Lecture --Rethinking the Canonization: Traditional Chinese Poems Based on Hearsay and Proper Research [第一百三十二講] 傳統詩詞的誤傳與原貌及文學經典化的進程

提要:唐宋詩詞被公認為傳統詩詞中之最具代表者。然而,此類作品,不論是古代還是現代,也不論學界抑或大眾,一般所認知或接受的文本版本,其實有一部份與作品的原生形態頗有出入,這主要表現於作者的誤植、作品的訛脫衍倒等各個方面。對此,從事文獻考證的歷代論者已經有一定程度的稽考與辨偽,可謂厥功偉矣,但礙於一般大眾對傳統詩詞作品仍有根深蒂固的認知定型,而部份論者將分析淩駕於基本的作品版本之上,結果是造成文化集體在通行版本與作品原貌之間產生認知及接受上的悖離。從某程度上說,這種文化現象似乎是文學作品逐漸經典化的其中一個不可迴避的問題。為此,本講座嘗試結合文獻學與文藝學兩個方面略作管窺蠡測。具體來說,本講座集中選取若干唐宋詩詞作品,嘗試從版本考證、選本編纂、讀者接受、文化思潮等不同面向,一方面揭櫫傳統詩詞作品的原生形態,另一方面剖析相關作品的流衍面貌,試圖探究文學作品在歷史進程中之經典化與被誤傳之間的弔詭現象。 簡介:黃偉豪,南京大學中國古代文學博士(導師:莫礪鋒教授),復旦大學中國語言文學博士後(合作導師:黃霖教授)。先後任教於香港浸會大學、香港科技大學、香港理工大學、澳門科技大學等校,現為中山大學中國語言文學系(珠海)特聘副研究員。研究興趣為先唐及唐宋文學與文化現象、古代文學批評、文獻考證與辨偽、近現代國學與漢學研究。著有《文學師承與詩歌推演——南宋中興詩壇的師門與師法》等。

Speaker(s)
Dr. Hugo Wai-ho Wong (黃偉豪博士)
Date
December 30, 2018 (Sunday)
Time
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue
Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History
Language
Putonghua 普通話主講
Remarks
Free Admission; first come, first served

Seminar
粵語句末助詞的高度語法化現象 The highly grammaticalized status of sentence-final particles in Cantonese (Tuesday 11 Dec 2018)

摘要: 本報告將指出粵語句末助詞呈現出的兩點高度語法化的現象。 第一,句末助詞連用,已不能分析成各個單用助詞的結合體,而要分析成「前綴+詞根」的結合體。亦即,位於非終止位置的助詞是缺乏獨立性的黏著形式。 第二,與普通話的句末助詞「的」相比,粵語的「kə-」分佈更廣,能與各種助詞結合,其語義也隨之被高度虛化。 關於講者: 飯田真紀, 生於日本大阪 ,2005年畢業於東京大學大學院人文社會系研究科,獲博士學位。現為北海道大學傳媒研究院副教授,從事粵語語法研究和粵語教學工作。近期研究興趣為從跨語言視角探討粵語和其他周邊方言中的語法化或語義變化現象。已發表論文包括《粵語句末助詞的體系》《第十届國際粤方言研討會論文集》2007年、《粵語的條件分句標記“嘅”》《中國語文》2012 年第5期。

Speaker(s)
飯田 真紀教授 ( Professor IIDA Maki )
北海道大學 Hokkaido University
Date
December 11, 2018 (Tuesday)
Time
下午 4:00 - 6:00
Venue
3301室 學術大樓 (2號電梯)
Language
普通話

Seminar
When Things Were Falling Apart: Tocqueville, Fei Xiaotong, and the Agrarian Causes of the Chinese Revolution (Wednesday 5 Dec 2018)

Abstract A fundamental question that has concerned social scientists since Barrington Moore is the political transformations that accompanied agrarian societies’ transitions to modern economy. One paradigmatic case is the peasant-based Communist revolution in China, the causes of which have been the subject of a long-standing debate. Scholars have emphasized peasant proletarianization, Communist leadership in peasant nationalism, the attraction of their socio-economic reforms, their effective mobilization, Nationalists’ failures, and geographical conditions. Based on county gazetteers and administrative records of 154 counties in the most heavily contested region during the crucial years, we conduct the first multivariate local-level analysis of revolution. The results show little support for existing narratives. Instead, they substantiate what we call the “Tocqueville-Fei thesis”, that state centralization in agrarian bureaucratic polities inadvertently facilitated social revolution. The state’s effort to penetrate local communities undermined traditional governance structures, upsetting the balance between the state and local norms/elites and turning state agents into unbridled predators on peasants, which created favorable conditions for the Communists. This study has implications for understanding the modernization of agrarian societies and the dynamics of social change, and casts new light on the long-term trajectory of the state-society relationship in China. (This is a collaborative work with Ivan Png, Junhong Chu and Yeh-ning Chen) Bio Xiaohong Xu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. His primary research interests include comparative historical analysis, social movements, and cultural sociology. He received his PhD from Yale University in 2014. His work has appeared in American Sociological Review and Critical Historical Studies, among others.

Speaker(s)
Dr. Xiaohong Xu
Lingnan University
Date
December 5, 2018 (Wednesday)
Time
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Venue
Room 3301 (via lifts 17-18), Academic Building, HKUST

Workshop
Reconsidering WANG Bi 重釋王弼 (Tuesday 4 Dec 2018)

Prof. Tze-Ki HON (City University of Hong Kong) Prof. Greg MOSS (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Prof. David CHAI (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Prof. Yumi SUZUKI (The University of Hong Kong) Prof. Eric S. NELSON (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) Prof. Kam-ming YIP (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Date
December 4, 2018 (Tuesday)
Time
13:00 - 18:00
Venue
Room 7332, Academic Building (Lifts 13-15), HKUST
Language
English

Public Lecture, Humanities
131st Lecture -- Emptiness, Nothingness and Extinction: Buddhism in Hegel and Schopenhauer [第一百三十一講] 黑格爾、叔本華佛教哲學中的「空」、「無」和「涅槃」(Sunday 2 Dec 2018)

Abstract Hegel remarked in his discussion of the nothing in the Science of Logic that: “It is well known that in oriental systems, and essentially in Buddhism, nothing, or the void, is the absolute principle.” Schopenhauer concludes a discussion of the joy of death in The World as Will and Representation with the comment: “The existence which we know he willingly gives up: what he gets instead of it is in our eyes nothing, because our existence is, with reference to that, nothing. The Buddhist faith calls it Nirvana, i.e., extinction.” It is noteworthy that reflections on void, nihility, and extinction in early nineteenth-century German philosophical discourse explicitly refer to this mysterious discourse from the East that was frequently identified as “the cult of nothingness,” as scholars such as Roger-Pol Droit have described. In this paper, I reexamine how the interpretation of nothingness and negativity in Hegel and Schopenhauer informed their encounter with “oriental thought,” their reception of Buddhism as a philosophical and religious system centering on absolute negativity, and trace how they interpreted the central Buddhist concept of emptiness in relation to the Western idea of the nothing. Both authors cannot be adequately aware of the changing senses and complex argumentative discourses addressing the Sanskrit expression śūnyatā and the Chinese term kong 空 and do not recognize the problem of translating emptiness as nothing or void. We can trace in their writings moments of how the reception of Buddhist emptiness became interculturally interconnected with and a source for arguments concerning the nature of being and nothing in modern European philosophy. Relying on the same range of historical sources that were then becoming available in the modern German speaking world, Hegel and Schopenhauer perceived related philosophical questions in these sources, while arriving at conflicting diagnoses of their philosophical and practical significance. Bibliography Eric S. Nelson is Associate Professor of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He works on Chinese, German, and Jewish philosophy. He is the author of Chinese and Buddhist Philosophy in Early Twentieth-Century German Thought (Bloomsbury, 2017) and Levinas, Adorno, and the Ethics of the Material Other (SUNY Press, 2019). He has published over seventy articles and book chapters and is the editor of Interpreting Dilthey: Critical Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2019). He co-edited with François Raffoul the Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger (Bloomsbury, expanded paperback edition 2016) and Rethinking Facticity (SUNY Press, 2008); with John Drabinski, Between Levinas and Heidegger (SUNY Press, 2014); with Giuseppe D'Anna and Helmut Johach, Anthropologie und Geschichte: Studien zu Wilhelm Dilthey aus Anlass seines 100. Todestages (Königshausen & Neumann, 2013); and with Antje Kapust and Kent Still, Addressing Levinas (Northwestern University Press, 2005). He has also edited special topic issues of Frontiers of Philosophy in China and the Journal of Chinese Philosophy.

Speaker(s)
Professor Eric S Nelson (埃里克‧尼爾森教授)
Date
December 2, 2018 (Sunday)
Time
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue
Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History
Language
English 英語主講
Sponsor
Hong Kong Museum of History
Remarks
Free Admission; first come, first served