[MaFLa] Invitation: Experience, Imagination, and the Body of the Ghost in Ancient China by Mu-Chou Poo on 8 DECEMBER

Zsofia Jeney-Domingues Jeney-DominguesZs at ceu.edu
Thu Nov 23 11:08:36 CET 2017


The CEU Department of Philosophy, Center for Religious Studies and Department of Medieval Studies cordially invites you to the next talk of the  "The Human and the Sciences of Nature: Chinese and Comparative Perspectives"<https://philosophy.ceu.edu/node/795>lecture series, entitled


Experience, Imagination, and the Body of the Ghost in Ancient China

by Mu-Chou Poo

on 8 DECEMBER, 5:30 p.m. | N15, QUANTUM 101 ROOM


abstract | What does a ghost look like? Does a ghost possess a body? Does it have certain bodily feelings? How do we know it is a ghost?  How shall we deal with ghosts?  People in the past (sometimes even now) often experienced strange phenomena that led them to consider these questions, sometimes seriously, sometimes not so seriously, but always with a certain ambiguity. Questions related to the recognition of ghosts may be stated as the following: one, what are the attributes of ghosts? In other words, we wish to know the factors, be they psychological, physical, or cultural, that inform us to recognize the presence of ghosts; two, do ghosts possess any special bodily features that are either similar or unlike human beings? And why?



bio |  Mu-chou Poo(PhD in Egyptology, Johns Hopkins 1984), is Chair Professor of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Director of Centre for the Comparative Study of Antiquity, CUHK. He had worked as a Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei, from 1984-2009, and taught at various places, including Columbia, UCLA, and Grinnell College.  Research interests include religion and society in ancient Egypt and China. Major publications include Burial and the Idea of Life and Death: Essay on Ancient Chinese Religion (Taipei, 1993); Wine and Wine Offering in the Religion of Ancient Egypt (London, 1995);  In Search of Personal Welfare: A View of Ancient Chinese Religion (Albany, 1998); Enemies of Civilization: Attitudes toward Foreigners in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and China(Albany, 2005). (Ed.) Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions (Leiden: Brill, 2009). (Ed. With H. A. Drake and Lisa Raphals) Old Society, New Belief, Religious Transformation of China and Rome, ca. 1st-6th Centuries(Oxford, 2017), Daily Life in Ancient China (Cambridge, forthcoming 2018)



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