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Workshops - From Shuihuidi to Liye : Forty years of archeological discoveries and their significance for Chinese History

Collège de France, 52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris (métro : Cardinal Lemoine) - Salle Claude Lévi-Strauss

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From Shuihuidi to Liye : Forty years of archeological discoveries and their significance for Chinese History

Two workshops organized by the ANR « Legalizing Space in China » from Lyon et by the CRCAO.

Venue :

Collège de France, 52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris (métro : Cardinal Lemoine) - Salle Claude Lévi-Strauss

Intitulé : “From Shuihuidi to Liye : Forty years of archeological discoveries and their significance for Chinese History”.

Date : le 18 et 19 décembre 2014.

Lieu : Salle Claude Lévi-Strauss, Collège de France, 52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris.

Contacts  :

Remarque : L’anglais sera la langue de travail utilisée durant ces deux journées.

N.B. : A good command of classical Chinese language is required to attend to the morning reading session.


Thursday 18 : New Perspectives on Ancient China : Researches on Qin and Han Excavated Texts.

Morning :

  • 10h-13h : Qin-Han excavated texts reading session lead by Professors Robin Yates and Anthony Barbieri-Low : Zhangjiashan 張家山 legal documents and Liye 里耶 administrative documents.

Afternoon : 14h-15h30

  • Alain Thote : “Early Chinese Manuscripts Discovered in Tombs : the Case of Rishu 日書.”
  • Marc Kalinowski : “Some remarks on the relationship between the Qin and Han excavated legal texts and daybook text type manuscripts.” Marianne Bujard : "Rishu within the scope of Qin and Han religion.”

16h-17h30

  • Enno Giele : “Administrative Documents from Jianshui 肩水.”
  • Eric Trombert : “Was the farming system of the military settlements (屯田 / 軍屯) really sustainable ? About an unpublished manuscript from Juyan 居延.”
  • Arnaud Bertrand : “Excavating the eastern administrative border of Dunhuang imperial commandery during the former Han dynasty.”

17h30-18h

  • General discussion

Friday 19 : From Shuihudi to Liye, from law on paper to law in practice ?

Morning (9-12) :

  • “Forms of Legislation during the Qin and Han,” the different types of laws, including statutes, ordinances, precedents, etc., by Robin Yates
  • “The Evolution of Statutory Law from the Qin to the Han,” with highlight on some of the continuities from the Qin laws to the Tang Code, by Anthony Barberi-Low.

Afternoon (14-17) : discussion, animated by three short presentations

  • Jérôme Bourgon : From the redemption of punishments to their commutation and abolition : questions about “changes” and “progress” of the Chinese legal system under Qing and Han dynasty
  • Frédéric Constant : The “Confucianization of law”, after the toppling of the “cruel Legalist dynasty of Qin” : An outdated historical myth ?
  • Luca Gabbiani : “Contracts” in Chinese history : some remarks and questions.


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