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Portent studies: The fall of women political power

Venue: Serangoon Public Library (Programme Zone), Level 4R of Nex shopping mall.

Nearest MRT station: Serangoon

Language: English

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.  

Topics covered:

•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. 

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  • anne lee ming h.

    Tks,qinli,will consider.susan,will update u.

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • anne lee ming h.

    suggestions to go trip related to coming talks like North /South dynasties to places like Luo Yang(Long Men grottoes) ,April/May next year where it is also season for blossom of peony flowers.Anybody interested?

    2 · August 26, 2014

    • Susan

      Hi Anne, do keep us informed of our itinerary and traveling schedule. I can't commit now, but would love to join in if the dates fit in. Thank you.

      1 · August 26, 2014

    • Yang Q.

      maybe you can create this as an meetup event instead of commenting here. not everyone will be updated on comments unless they rsvp yes here.

      August 27, 2014

  • Moon C.

    Hi Qinli, what is the facebook address of this meetup group? Thanks.

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Susan

    Interesting. It's a topic which left on my own I would not have looked at it, yet it is an important component of the Chinese culture till present time.

    2 · August 24, 2014

  • anne lee ming h.

    Hi,Qinli,I am interested in helping to organize trips to China,any suggestions on to where and when?

    2 · August 23, 2014

    • Yang Q.

      I propose luo yang. one of the ancient capitals of china. though the old city is gone, we have the luoyang grottos. buddhist statues left by northern wei dynasty.

      1 · August 24, 2014

  • JF K.

    Thanks to Qinli for sharing your wonderful research!

    2 · August 24, 2014

  • Tong WeiQiang, A.

    Awesome!

    2 · August 24, 2014

  • anne lee ming h.

    Fantastic!

    2 · August 24, 2014

  • anne lee ming h.

    Fantastic!

    2 · August 24, 2014

  • Joyce S.

    The talk has enhanced my understanding of the China history. Thank you for your effort.

    2 · August 23, 2014

  • felice l.

    Hi Qinli, Thank you v much for the talk this afternoon.
    Appreciate you made much efforts to prepare all the information so that we all be enriched with such topics. Sorry, i shaked my head.

    3 · August 23, 2014

  • David L.

    Thank you, Qinli for your talk today. The today(23 aug 2014) talk made me have new insights about the usage of disasters by scholars to influence the ancient rulers' decisions. I look forward to your next talk on 18 oct 2014.

    3 · August 23, 2014

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