Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

China Seminar: Patricia Ebrey "Rethinking Chinese Imperial Art Collection: The Case of the Northern Song"

Fri, April 23, 2010 | Smith Building, Capital Room

2:00 PM

The Center for East Asian Studies is pleased to welcome Dr. Patricia Ebrey, Professor of
History at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Ebrey will give
a talk on Chinese material culture, entitled “Rethinking Chinese
Imperial Collecting: The Case of Emperor Huizong” on Friday, April
23.Dr. Ebrey will also join our own Dr. Martha Selby from Asian
Studies for a discussion on women’s history and gender issues in Asia,
entitled “Beyond Palace Ladies and Tree Goddesses.”

Dr. Ebrey has published extensively on Chinese material culture and
gender history. Her Confucianism and Family Rituals in lmperial China:
A Social History of Writing About Rites (Princeton University Press,
1991) was a seminal study on Chinese family rituals. Her Inner
Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period
(University of California Press, 1993), awarded the Levenson Prize of
the Association for Asian Studies, was groundbreaking in establishing
the field of Chinese women’s history. Her most recent works, Emperor
Huizong and Late Northern Song China: The Politics of Culture and the
Culture of Politics, co-edited with Maggie Bickford (Harvard
University Asia Center, 2006) and Accumulating Culture: The
Collections of Emperor Huizong (University of Washington Press, 2008),
were the first comprehensive studies on the cultural enterprise
established by the artist-emperor Song Huizong. Dr. Ebrey also
pioneered in making scholarly materials for Chinese history available
to students and general readers. Her Cambridge Illustrated History of
China (Cambridge University Press, 1996, 1999, 2010) has become a
standard source for those who begin to study Chinese history and

Both presentations by Dr. Patricia Ebrey are open to the general
public. The talk, “Rethinking Chinese Imperial Collecting: The Case of
Emperor Huizong,” will be held at 2 PM in the Capitol Room, Smith
Building, while the discussion with Dr. Martha Selby, “Beyond Palace
Ladies and Tree Goddesses,” will take place at noon in the Meyerson
Conference Room (WCH 4.118).

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