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March 15, 2012

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Jeff Snyder-Reinke

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Jeff Snyder-Reinke (CCS MA '01, PhD '06),
Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies, College of Idaho

Grave Transgressions: Adjudicating the Corpse in Late Imperial China

March 20, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk will examine the crime of grave violation (fazhong) during the Qing dynasty. It will explore the anxieties surrounding death and the protection of the deceased in Qing law and society, and how transgressing the grave’s physical and metaphysical boundaries could be a source of power in the late imperial period.

Jeff Snyder-Reinke earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2006. He is currently assistant professor of history and Asian studies at The College of Idaho. His most recent book is Dry Spells: State Rainmaking and Local Governance in Late Imperial China, which was published by the Harvard University Asia Center in 2009. His current book project is entitled “Tomb Raiders: The Culture and Politics of Grave Violation in Late Imperial China.” The project examines the crime of grave violation (fazhong) in an effort to shed light on topics such as the cult of ancestors, late imperial conceptions of the body, the material culture of death, and Qing legal practice.

Posted by zzhu at March 15, 2012 05:15 PM