Venue: Serangoon Public Library (Programme Zone), Level 4R of Nex shopping mall.
Nearest MRT station: Serangoon
Speaker: Mr Yang Qinli
Speaker contact number:[masked]
Contents for the talk:
Portent studies is the study of the interpretation of unusual natural phenomena. A forest fire, an earthquake and other occurrences are seen as heavenly signs of displeasure of the human realm. Rather than mere superstitions, portent studies started way back in antiquity and was fully developed during the Western Han dynasty as a political rhetoric. For this talk, we shall investigate the rise of portent studies and how it was used in particular to restrict women involvement in politics.
•Chinese historiography on women
•Beginnings of the criticism of women power
•Rise of Portent studies as a criticism tool
•Liu Xiang and the development of Portent Studies
•Women and portent studies
•Portent Studies as Orthodoxy
Some things to note:
1)The library is rather cold. Bring a jacket or thick clothings.
2) Please update your RSVP. Only reply "yes", if you are seriously showing up.
3) We would stay back for dinner and play some casual card games. Join us if you can afford the time.