The Division of History organised the “Workshops for the Final Year RPg Students 2021-22”, which offered an interactive sharing platform for the Department’s research postgraduate students to exchange and discuss their research findings. Prof. PUK Wing Kin, Division Head, delivered opening remarks to the students and encouraged them to interact with each other.
In the Graduate Seminar on 19 November, Prof PUK Wing Kin shared with our students his experience of publishing in academic journals in his lecture titled “How I published ‘Zhou Maolan’s Tiehuang and its Postscripts: A New and Everlasting Text in Blood’ in Soochow Journal of History.” He encouraged students to be persistent in their efforts in having their works published as the process of revising and resubmitting can often be a lengthy exercise of more than 1.5 years. He then shared how the film Red Violin inspired him into discovering the history of a memorial written in blood in the Ming Dynasty. Between 1625 and 1626, Zhou Shunchang, a Ming official well known for his outspoken opposition to the tyranny of Wei Zhongxian the infamous palace eunuch, was arrested and tortured to death, together with twelve other officials. After they were rehabilitated during the reign of the new emperor Sizong (reign title Chongzhen), Zhou Shunchang’s son Zhou Maolan submitted a memorial written in his own blood supplicating for the new emperor’s mercy and justice for his father. Over the course of more than three hundred years, the tiehuang (the summary of a memorial) grew from a small sheet to a substantial set of two scrolls of postscripts in prose, poem, and seal. Down the generations, the artefact left the Zhou family, changed ownership, crossed over national borders and finally reached the Bei Shan Tang Foundation in Hong Kong. During this journey, the tiehuang witnesses historical transformation, registers individual and collective trauma, emotions, memory and yearning, grows in size, and in this sense becomes a new and everlasting text in blood.
|Date:||3 December 2021 (Friday)|
|Venue:||Room 106, Y. C. Liang Hall, CUHK|
|Topic:||The Writing of Empires and the Regional Variation in the Development of Intensive Agriculture during the Han Period|
|Speaker:||Prof. LAM Weng Cheong|
|Date:||8 December 2021 (Wednesday)|
|Venue:||LT 5, 2/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, CUHK|
|Language:||Cantonese & Putonghua|
|Enquiry:||2138 7842 / 3943 8541|
Organisers: Joint Publishing HK; Centre for Chinese History, Department of History, CUHK
Co-organisers: Hong Kong and South China Historical Research Programme, Lingnan University; Modern History Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University
|Date:||23 December 2021 (Thursday)|
|Time:||10:00am – 11:00am|
|Venue:||Conducted online via ZOOM|
|Language:||English & Putonghua|
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