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Robert Oppenheim, Director WCH 4.134, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 78712 • 512-471-5811

Talk and Discussion on Imperial Art Collecting and Gender Issues

Posted: March 24, 2010
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The Center for East Asian Studies is pleased to welcome Dr. Patricia Ebrey, Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle, to give a talk on Chinese material culture, entitled “Rethinking Chinese Imperial Collecting: The Case of Emperor Huizong.” Dr. Ebrey will also join our own Dr. Martha Selby from Asian Studies for a discussion on women’s history and gender issues in Asia, entitled “Beyond Palace Ladies and Tree Goddesses.”

Dr. Ebrey has published extensively on Chinese material culture and gender history. Her Confucianism and Family Rituals in lmperial China: A Social History of Writing About Rites (Princeton University Press, 1991) was a seminal study on Chinese family rituals. Her Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period (University of California Press, 1993), awarded the Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, was groundbreaking in establishing the field of Chinese women’s history. Her most recent works, Emperor Huizong and Late Northern Song China: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics, co-edited with Maggie Bickford (Harvard University Asia Center, 2006) and Accumulating Culture: The Collections of Emperor Huizong (University of Washington Press, 2008), were the first comprehensive studies on the cultural enterprise established by the artist-emperor Song Huizong. Dr. Ebrey also pioneered in making scholarly materials for Chinese history available to students and general readers. Her Cambridge Illustrated History of China (Cambridge University Press, 1996, 1999, 2010) has become a standard source for those who begin to study Chinese history and culture.

Both presentations by Dr. Patricia Ebrey are open to the general public. The talk, “Rethinking Chinese Imperial Collecting: The Case of Emperor Huizong,” will be held at 2 PM in the Capitol Room, Smith Building, while the discussion with Dr. Martha Selby, “Beyond Palace Ladies and Tree Goddesses,” will take place at noon in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118).

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