Conference on Biography in East Asia, 1400–1900


Conference on Biography in East Asia, 1400–1900

University of British Columbia, 2013

Principal Investigator(s): Adam Bohnet, King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario; Ihor Pidhainy, Marietta College; Leo K. Shin, University of British Columbia

Held at St. John’s College and the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia, the conference explored the different types of biography in East Asian countries from 1400 to 1900. Presenters challenged the traditional position maintained by past studies that the biography in China and Korea was simply a means to compartmentalize individual lives into pre-established moral categories. Papers and panel discussions examined the ways in which various standard biographies, public or private, treated their subjects. Ming Studies published a summary of the conference (2013, issue 68), and the research presented was collected in Representing Lives in China: Forms of Biography in the Ming-Qing Period, 1368-1911 (Cornell University East Asia Program, 2018).

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