Qin Yang

School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia & the Pacific


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Qin Yang

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My PhD topic is about the exegetical diagrams of Confucian classics in the Song period (from the tenth to thirteenth century), with particular focus on ritual, cosmological and philosophical diagrams. It examines the formation of a pictorial tradition in Chinese classics exegesis. It tries to answer such questions as the relationship between illustrations and textual commentaries, and how visual representations aided classical exegesis and debates. Before my PhD candidature, I was trained in economics and business modelling, then worked for eight years as research assistant in an East Asian studies program. I also take interest in the history of Confucianism in Edo period Japan and the development of modern Japanese oriental studies (Tōyōgaku).

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