Monthly Archives: April 2008

`Window of Shanghai` to open in Edinburgh

Shanghai Library has provided the Confucius Institute with a selection of books for the Institute`s library.

The `Window of Shanghai`, an initiative of Shanghai Library has donated 300 books to the Confucius Instittute for Scotland. The `Window`

project aims to introduce Chinese history and culture to overseas reader through donations of books to foreign libraries and related institutes.

`How China thinks` guest lecture – May 2008

Prof Liu Dong of Peking University will talk on `Principles of Uncertainties in the field of Chinese Studies` in Appleton Tower from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Doors will open at 5.30 and the lecture will begin at 6pm.

Liu Dong is Professor in Comparative Literature at Peking University and one of China`s leading intellectuals who also engages in public debates. Liu Dong has published numerous articles on Chinese intellectual history, reflecting on theories and practices of the field itself and defending Confucianism as practiced in contemporary China. He is editor of a large publications series in China as well as chief editor of the most important international intellectual journal `China Scholarship` (Zhongguo xueshu) in China.

Liu Dong is renowned for giving provocative talks and this one will be no exception. In `Principles of Uncertainties in the field of Chinese Studies`

Liu Dong challenges methodological and theoretical approaches from Western scholarship on China while he at the same time criticizes blind application of Western models by Chinese scholars, especially those studying abroad, which he occasionally mocks as `pidgin scholarship`.

This will be the first in a series of talks, organised by the Confucius Institute, on `how China thinks`, presented by leading Chinese intellectuals.

CBBC/CNIS Networking Evening

Business strand of China Now in Scotland launches at Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow.

Chairman of CBBC,Sir David Brewer welcomed the guests and outlined the plans for the Business strand of China Now in Scotland before Mme Tan Xiutian, Consul General for China in Scotland addressed the audience. Jack Perry, CEO of SDI, sponsor of the evening also gave a rousing address to the assembled guests.

The evening launched the Business strand of China Now in Scotland which will see a number of events take place around Scotland in summer and autumn 2008.

Mme Tan

Faces of Confucius Lecture Series – April – July 2008

A series of six public talks by internationally renowned Sinologists from universities in the USA, Europe and Asia organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland will take place in the Raeburn Room, Old College, Edinburgh over April, May and June.

Lecture 1: Confucius Envy: The burden of the Chinese commentator to shape the sage

Monday 14 April 2008, 6pm – 7.30pm
Speaker: Prof Rudolph G Wagner, Heidelberg University.

Lecture 2: Cultic Confucius

Monday 21 April 2008, 6pm – 7.30pm
Speaker: Prof Thomas A Wilson, Hamilton College.

Lecture 3: The Religious Dimensions of Confucianism

Monday 19 May 2008, 6pm – 7.30pm
Speaker: Prof John Berthrong, Boston University.

Lecture 4: Lives of Confucius: The Analects vs the Historical Records` Accounts

Tuesday 3 June 2008, 6pm – 7.30pm
Speaker: Prof Michael Nylan, Berkeley University.

Lecture 5: Confucius the Enlightened Philosopher

Monday 9 June 2008, 6pm – 7.30pm
Speaker: Prof Joachim Gentz, University of Edinburgh

Lecture 6: Confucianism in China today

Thursday 10 July 2008, 5.30pm – 7pm
Speaker: Prof Wang Hui, Tsinghua University.