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AC Graham Memorial Lectures

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Previous Events in this series

Tetrasyllabic Poetry on Bronze Inscriptions and the Zhou Hymns

Professor Chen Zhi (BNU-HKBU United International College)

In this presentation Professor Chen Zhi examines formulaic expressions and set phrases that appear both in the received version of the Shijing (Book of Songs), China’s earliest anthology of poetry, and excavated Western Zhou bronze inscriptions (1045-771 BC).

25 April 2019, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), S209, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hidden Binomes in Chinese Canonical Texts: Both Transmitted and Excavated

Professor Chen Zhi (BNU-HKBU United International College)

One of the most important, but still under-investigated, features of the Old Chinese lexicon is its large number of alliterative binomes (i.e., compounds of two characters that regularly appear together with distinctive meaning). Lianmian ci 連綿 詞/聯緜詞 or “binome” (borrowed from the French word binôme) is a sound- correlated (alliterative or rhyming) disyllabic compound that carries meaning only when it is used as a single word.

23 April 2019, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT), 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Values of Spontaneity

Professor Philip J. Ivanhoe (City University of Hong Kong)
16 March 2018, Brunei Gallery, B204, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Self Construal in Ancient China

Professor Christoph Harbsmeier (University of Oslo)
25 October 2017, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Senate House Wolfson Lecture Theatre (SWLT), 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tao Qian and Lie Zi

Professor William H. Nienhauser, Jr. (University of Wisconsin)
15 April 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G2, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Professor Liu Xiaogan (Chinese University Hong Kong)

(Open to graduate and research students only)

22 February 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM