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The first international seminar on classics held at PKU

NOV . 28 2017
Peking University, November 24, 2017: On November 18, the two-day international seminar on classics was held at Lee Shau Kee School of Humanities Building NO.1, bringing together over 100 scholars from China, the UK, Italy, Japan, etc. and discussing a wide range of topics including Chinese ancient languages, literature and documents.

The opening ceremony was hosted by Professor Du Xiaoqin from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature. At the ceremony, Both Wang Bo, vice president of PKU and Shen Dan, director of the Faculty of Humanities expressed hope for further communications and collaboration on classics across departments, faculties and universities.

Professor Li Jiya (Tiziana Lippiello), vice rector Ca’ Foscari University of Venice,  said that classical culture in ancient China, such as the philosophy of Nature shared similarities with the Christianity in terms of theology. These shared ideas between Chinese ancient culture and western culture at the same period are worthy of further study. 

Professor Li Jiya

Professor Hsu Fu-chang, vice dean of the Department of Chinese Literature, Taiwan University said he hoped to see in the near future the crossover study of literature, bibliography and linguistics in the field of classics.

Professor Oonishi Katsuya of the University of Tokyo believed that the subject of humanities aims to probe into the essence of human beings and society. He said that the value of scholars on classics lied in passing the ancient wisdom to the contemporary society.

Professor Oonishi Katsuya

The seminar not only established direct communications among scholars of classics from home and abroad, but also made significant contributions to the study on classics in China.

Written by: Li Xiaotong 
Edited by: Yan Shengnan