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Symposium - New Perspectives on Chinese Writing

Monday 20 May 2019
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden

Pseudo-writing on Delftware, naive scribbles by young monks, the “withdrawn withdrawal” of the character script, calligraphy on the pavement: on Monday, 20 May 2019, Leiden University offers a fascinating panorama on the Chinese writing system. The program features new research by international experts on a script representing both unequaled continuity and impressive adaptability. During the symposium, treasures from the Chinese Special Collections of the Asian Library will be presented in dedicated exhibitions.

Chinese script in Leiden

With the growing status of China in the world, the Chinese script is entering our daily lives: not just in Asian stores and restaurants, but also in our clothing labels, route descriptions and instruction manuals. The advancement of knowledge about this script is a time-honored tradition at Leiden, where specialized collections bear witness to a rich variety of its manifestations. On 20 May, we celebrate this diversity in the form of new and groundbreaking research on the basis of unique materials.


Dr. Imre Galambos (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University) is a world-class authority on Chinese manuscripts. His primary field of research is medieval Chinese manuscript culture, with a focus on material from Dunhuang and Khara-khoto. Apart from his keynote lecture on recent research findings, Dr. Galambos will present a number of rare codex manuscripts from the collections of the Leiden University Libraries.

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