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The First Emperor symposium

Innovations and Creativity in Ancient Qin

Distinguished Australian and international experts give artistic, cultural, archeological and historical perspectives on the Qin dynasty.


Saturday 4 December

Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW

9am Registration, exhibition viewing, coffee

10am Exhibition introduction: naturalism, realism or symbolism in the art of Qin?
Edmund Capon, director, Art Gallery of NSW

10.45am Inheritance and Innovation: Recent Discoveries in the Archaeology of the Qin in Shaanxi
Liu Yang, senior curator of Chinese art, Art Gallery of NSW

11.30am Morning tea

12pm Creating Universes: manufacturing the afterlife for the First Emperor and that of his successors in the Han period
Jessica Rawson, professor of Chinese art and archaeology, Merton College, Oxford University

12.45pm Discussion

1pm Lunch

2pm Report on archaeological researches of the Qin Shihuang mausoleum precinct, 1999–2003
Duan Qingbo, professor, department of archaeology, Northwest University, Xi’an

3pm Archaeological perspectives on the Qin unification of China
Lothar von Falkenhausen, professor of Chinese art history, department of art history, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

3.45pm Discussion

4pm Close. Join the speakers for a glass of wine.

Sunday 5 December

New Law School Lecture Theatre 101, University of Sydney

9.30am Registration and coffee

10am Welcome – Professor Stephen Garton, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, The University of Sydney

10.30am The Qin military and the place of arms and armour in Qin culture
Albert Dien, professor of Chinese, department of Asian languages, Stanford University

11.15am Five decisive events in the rise of the state of Qin
Jeffrey Riegel, professor of Chinese and head of school, school of languages and cultures, University of Sydney

12pm Qin law and its legacy: family law in the early Chinese dynasties
Robin DS Yates, professor of Chinese history, department of history, McGill University

12.45pm Discussion

1pm Lunch

2pm Food for the ancestors of Qin: evidence from starch on pottery vessels
Liu Li, professor, department of East Asian languages and cultures
Stanford University

2.45pm The corpse ornaments of Qin women
Chen Fang-Mei, professor, Graduate Institute of Art History, National Taiwan University

3.30pm Discussion

3.45pm Close

In collaboration with The University of Sydney

Supported by:

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
The Commonwealth through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Saturday 4 December 2010, 9.00am
Sunday 5 December 2010, 9.30am

Full symposium $170.00 (members $150.00)
Single day $90.00 (members $80.00)

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Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


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Related exhibition: The First Emperor

Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW


Saturday 4 December 2010 9am – 3:45pm

Location: Domain Theatre

New Law School Theatre, University of Sydney


Sunday 5 December 2010 9:30am – 4:45pm