Monday 8 June Leiden University | Lecture by Nick Tackett (University of California, Berkeley)

“Cosmopolitan Travelers and the Origins of a National Consciousness among Elites of Northern Song China”

by Nick Tackett, visiting scholar from University of California, Berkely

Date: Monday 8 June

Time: 13.00-15.00
Venue: Lipsius building room 208, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden


Several decades ago, historians proposed the emergence in the Song of a “proto-nationalism.” This talk will reconsider this issue from a new perspective, by comparing contemporary descriptions of Northeast Asia by Song ambassadors to Liao with a reconstruction of the physical and cultural geography of the region (reconstructed partly on the basis of GIS techniques). Given that a large component of the Northern Song political elite had served on embassies, it is worth considering how their travel experiences affected their sense of China’s place in the world.

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