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February 09, 2011

Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Enno Giele

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Enno Giele, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona

Ways to Assess Ancient Literacy

February 15, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The ability to read and write is so much taken for granted in our modern societies that it requires considerable effort to even imagine how societies work where this element is lacking or less developed. What is more, through these efforts we come to realize that this problem is not one-dimensional. Literacy is not simply a matter of being or not-being literate. There are degrees and different forms of literacy. Measuring these degrees is also not simply a matter of establishing the extent of schooling. This is especially true, if we look at literacy in ancient societies, with no or only a much less standardized educational system. Focusing on early imperial China, this talk tries to review the means we have at our disposal as well as the limitations we are facing, when we try to say something about the forms and purposes of literacy in ancient societies.

Enno Giele completed his Ph.D., at the Free University of Berlin and currently holds the position of Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies, University of Arizona. He has a background in Chinese and Japanese Studies. Along with extended stays at the Academia Sinica in Taibei, he has taught Ancient Chinese history at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany, and the University of California, Berkeley, before coming to the University of Arizona. Professor Giele’s research interests focus on early China (up to the Han and Sanguo periods), its institutions, social structure, and material as well as everyday culture. Pet projects include early Chinese manuscripts, ancient literacy and the public, as well as games and the loo in early China.

Posted by zzhu at February 9, 2011 02:10 PM