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15 Jan 2020

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Cambridge-Fudan Humanities Colloquium held at Fudan

By Zhu Junyi

On January 10–11, the Cambridge-Fudan Humanities Colloquium hosted by the Office of Global Partnerships was held at Fudan. The colloquium covered disciplines including philosophy, literature, history, art and other fields, gathering a panel of experts to explore some fundamental problems confronted by all mankind. 


Several months earlier, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University Professor Stephen Toope signed a MoU on cooperation with Fudan and he called for further collaboration with Fudan, especially in the field of global humanities research.


During the two-day event, scholars from Cambridge and Fudan shared their research priorities and vision for future cooperation on the emerging interdisciplinary category of global humanities. Over 20 Fudan scholars specialized in history, philosophy, Chinese language and literature, art, social sciences, international relations, Chinese classics research, rare-text and conservation research, foreign languages and literatures, religious studies, sociology, international politics, etc. participated in this event. 

Vice President Professor Chen Zhimin met with the Cambridge delegation, expressing Fudan’s commitment to and support for the humanities cooperation between the two universities. Lu Lian, Director of Office of Global Partnerships, moderated the colloquium and the whole event. 


Professor Zhang Shuangli at the School of Philosophy, briefed the Cambridge delegates, including Christopher Young, Head of the School of Arts and Humanities and scholar of German literature; Hans van de Ven, eminent historian of modern and contemporary Chinese history; Stephen Davison, Head of Public International Partnerships; Daisy Ayre, Senior Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations Office, on the overall development of the School of Philosophy, and Professor Pan Gongkai presented his three projects of modern Chinese art. 

The Cambridge delegation also visited the Institute for the Preservation and Conservation of Chinese Ancient Books. Professor Yang Guanghui introduced to the delegation traditional Chinese paper making, ink making, ink rubbing and restored ancient books that reflect the vitality and diversity of Chinese characters. 

Photo credit: Gu Yiran, Yu Mingzhi and Sun Hanhan



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