International Symposium：Chinese Export Ceramics in the 16th and 17th Centuries and the Spread of Material Civilisation
The Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong and the Macao Museum of Art jointly host the “International Symposium: Chinese Export Ceramics in the 16th and 17th Centuries and the Spread of Material Civilisation”. The theme of this symposium is the export of Chinese porcelain and the cultural exchange between East and West during the Ming and Qing dynasties. We have invited renowned experts and scholars from different continents around the world, including Asia, Europe and North America, to share their latest research results and engage in scholarly exchange in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of the issues at hand.
Date: 28-30 May 2011
Time: 28 May 2011 9am-5:30pm; 29 May 2011 9am-11:30am (HK) and 5pm (Macao);
30 May 2011 9am-12am (Macao)
Venue: (HK) CCIV Room 6143, City University of HK; (Macao) Macao Museum of Art
Medium: Putonghua and English
Venue：AV Room/R6143, Level 6, Amenities Building, City University of Hong Kong
The date July 2nd, 2008 marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Chinese Civilisation Centre. To mark the occasion, the CCIV organized a seminar on “Teaching and Learning Complementing Each Other and Cultural Inheritance”, during when scholars from the overseas, Hong Kong and the mainland shared their knowledge and experiences so as to explore the future of Chinese culture education at tertiary institutions.
City Literature Festival 2008
The origin of the City Literary Festival can be traced back to the creative writing competition that was held at CityU over the past eight years and the publication of CityU Literature. The first City Literary Festival was held on February 25, 2006. CityU’s Cultural and Sports Committee, Chinese Civilisation Centre and the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics have made use of their past experiences in organizing writing competition and activities to join hands with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to hold the City Literary Festival with the hope of promoting Chinese creative writing not only within the CityU campus but to the whole of Hong Kong and Macau at large.
Kunqu Opera and Intangible Cultural Heritage
An international conference was held between August 28 to 30, 2007 on Kunqu Opera. Proclaimed by Unesco as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage in 2001, the traditional Chinese art is given the opportunity of rebirth, but at the same time also faces the risk of commercialization and commodification. The conference served as a platform on which scholars and practitioners of Kunqu opera could discuss issues concerning the conservation and sustainable development of this art form in the present social and cultural environment.
Kunqu Opera’s Present and Future
Jointly organized by the Chinese Civilisation Centre of City University and the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, leading scholars and artists of Kunqu attended this seminar on August 25, 2007 to discuss Kunqu’s development and its future.
Traditional Culture and China’s Modernity
Chinese Civilisation Centre was invited by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to host the open forum on July 25, 2007 as part of the Asian Cultural Co-operation Forum 2007.In recent years, Chinese traditional culture has received rising attention from not only the mainland but also the overseas. Traditional classics such as The Analects of Confucius and Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu gained worldwide attention, with people in the contemporary world trying to gain inspiration from the classics and explore the core values of traditional culture and their meaning in the contemporary world. Leading educators, scholars, and artists will explore the traditional cultural values from different aspects and discuss issues such as the modernity of Chinese culture and the inheritance of traditional cultures.
Chinese Culture, Identity and Language Anxiety
The conference was organized by Chinese Civilisation Centre and Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong on June 21 and 22, 2007. It was a follow-up to a major research project "Cultural Identity and Affective Variables: An Investigation of Putonghua Learners in Hong Kong" that focuses on the issue of Chinese cultural identity and Putonghua learning anxiety, jointly investigated by Professor Pei-kai Cheng, and Dr. Jackie Yan, both of CityU. Renowned scholars across the world in the field of cultural and language education were brought to City University of Hong Kong for the presentation of their latest research results with the aim of expanding the research scope and project it onto the theoretical level by bringing together related research interests.
Cultural heritage and collective memory
Cultural heritage offers us various perspectives to ponder over our histories, identities and where we stand at the moment. Only through the preservation of heritage can we construct our collective memories and establish our cultural identities. A forum on the interface between the two was held on June 4 to 5, 2007.
Ming, Qing’s Cultural Life and Collective Memory
The social atmosphere, cultural heritage, the art of calligraphy and painting and music and operas is the main theme of this form “Ming and Qing’s Cultural Life and Collective Memory”. In recent years, the study into the materialistic culture of Ming and Qing include tastes, cultural symbolism and visual representation. There is also a fruitful research output in the daily lives of the period. Scholars from Taiwan and the United States as well as instructors from the Chinese Civilisation Centre would jointly reflect on their research output over the past years as well as explore issues such as cultural heritage and collective memory together.
China and Foreign Cultures and Memories of History
The Asian New Humanities Net was formed by the academic units of eight universities in Asia. It is through the annual conference which the Net organizes to enhance the contacts and co-operation among the various units. The Chinese Civilisation Centre organized the annual conference from June 27 to 30 on the main theme “China and Foreign culture and memories of history”, inviting experts to explore this topic from various perspectives.
Religion and Chinese Society
Mainland and local scholars were invited to the seminar on “Religion and Chinese Society” held on March 10, 2006. By making use of the example of “Jiao” activity by Liao clanship that is held once every sixty years, participants explore the religion of traditional Chinese society and the subsequent changes. They also discussed religious activities similar to “Jiao” in places such as Guangdong, Fujian, Shandong and Shanxi. Another main topic of discussion at the seminar was how to combine historical records with field trips to carry out research in historical anthropology.