Yuri Pines

Prof. Yuri Pines

Professor, Department of Asian Studies
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Dept. of East Asian Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 
Mt. Scopus 91905, Israel; Tel. 972-2-5882853; Fax 972-2-5883703

 

1964 Born, Kiev, Ukraine (former U.S.S.R.); 1979 Immigrated to Israel; live intermittently in Jerusalem and Beijing

 

Research Interests

Early Chinese political thought; Traditional Chinese Political Culture; Early Chinese historiography; Early Chinese social history; Early Chinese religion.

 

Current Positions

  • 2014- Vice Dean, Faculty of Humanities, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2013- Visiting Professor, Beijing Normal University, China
  • 2013-2014 Chair, Institute of Asian and African Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2012- Full Professor, Department of Asian Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2009- Guest Professor, Institute of History, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
  • 2007- Coordinator, Asian Languages Library Project, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

Education

  • 1998 PhD The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of East Asian Studies (under the guidance of Prof. Irene Eber); 1994 MA; 1989 BA (both: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of East Asian Studies)
  • 1997 & 1994-1995  Studies at the Nankai University, Tianjin, under the guidance of Prof. Liu Zehua 劉澤華
  • 1996-1997  Studies at UCLA under the guidance of Prof. Lothar von Falkenhausen

 

Languages

Russian, Hebrew – mother tongue level; English – excellent; Chinese, Ukrainian, Arabic – fluent; Japanese, German, French – fluent reading only; Korean, Latin – basic level

 

Major Grants and Awards

  • 2015-18 Israeli Science Foundation Research Grant 240/15 “Rethinking early Chinese historiography in light of newly discovered historical texts”

  • 2015/16 Grant of the Hebrew University for the international workshop “Keywords in Chinese Thought and Literature”
  • 2011-14 Israeli Science Foundation Research Grant 511/11: “The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of the State Power in Early China”
  • 2011 Grant 1714/11 of the Israeli Science Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study for the international workshop "Ideology of Power and Power of Ideology in Early China" (scheduled to May 2012)
  • 2010/11  Grant of the Hebrew University for the international workshop "Rhetoric as a Political Tool in Early China" (May 2011)
  • 2010 Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines (awarded to my book Envisioning Eternal Empire)
  • 2009 Rector award for excellence in teaching and research
  • 2007/08 Grant 1860/07 of the Israeli Science Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study for the international workshop "The Birth of Empire: The State of Qin Revisited," Dec 2008 (co-organized with Gideon Shelach, Lothar von Falkenhausen and Robin D.S. Yates); 2008 additional grant for the same workshop from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and the American Council for Learned Societies in the program "New Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society"
  • 2007 Israeli Science Foundation Research Grant 1217/07: "Imperial Immortality – Political Culture of Traditional China"
  • 2006 Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro Member, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ
  • 2004 Michael William Lipson Chair in Chinese Studies
  • 2002/05 Israeli Science Foundation Research Grant 726/02-1, "Chinese Political Thought of the Warring States Period"
  • 1999/2001 Alon Fellowship
  • 1998 Kennedy-Leigh award for the outstanding Ph.D. dissertatio
  • 1997/98 Lady Davis post-doctoral fellowship
  • 1996 Yad Hanadiv: Rotschild Fellowship for 1996/1997

 

 

List of Publications

 

Books

The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of State Power in Early China. New York: Columbia University Press (forthcoming).

 
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Envisioning Eternal Empire: Chinese Political Thought of the Warring States Era Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2009.

Translations of "Envisioning Eternal Empire" to French and Chinese:
  • L’invention de la Chine éternelle: Comment les maîtres-penseurs des Royaumes combattants ont construit l’empire le plus long de l’histoire (Ve - IIIe siècles av. J.-C.), French translation by Damien Chaussende. Paris: Belles Lettres, 2013.
  • Zhanwang yongheng diguo: Zhanguo shidai de Zhongguo zhengzhi sixiang shi 展    望永恒帝国:战国时代的中国政治思想, Chinese translation by Sun Yinggang     孫英剛. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2013.
 
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Yuri Pines and Gideon Shelach, with Yitzhak Shichor, ed., Mekorot Ha-Keisarut Ha-Sinit (Origins of the Chinese Empire [in Hebrew]). Volume 1 of Kol Asher mi-takhat le-shamaim: Sin Ha-Keisarit (All under Heaven: Imperial China [in Hebrew]). Raanana: The Open University Press, 2011.

יורי פינס וגדעון שלח עם יצחק שיחור (עורך ראשי), מקורות הקיסרות הסינית) כרך א של סדרה כל אשר מתחת לשמיים: סין הקיסרית).רעננה: האוניברסיטה הפתוחה, 2011.

  

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Yuri Pines and Gideon Shelach, with Yitzhak Shichor, ed., Sin ha-Keisarit ha-Mukdemet (Early Imperial China [in Hebrew]). Volume 2 of Kol Asher mi-takhat le-shamaim: Sin Ha-Keisarit (All under Heaven: Imperial China [in Hebrew]). Raanana: The Open University Press, 2013.    
  • יורי פינס וגדעון שלח עם יצחק שיחור (עורך ראשי),  סין הקיסרית המוקדמת) כרך ב של סדרה כל אשר מתחת לשמיים: סין הקיסרית). רעננה: האוניברסיטה הפתוחה, 2013

  • In progress: Yuri Pines and Michal Biran, with Yitzhak Shichor, ed., Sin ha-Keisarit ha-Meukheret (Late Imperial China [in Hebrew]) Volume 3 of Kol Asher mi-takhat le-shamaim: Sin Ha-Keisarit (All under Heaven: Imperial China [in Hebrew]).

    בהכנה: יורי פינס ומיכל בירן עם יצחק שיחור (עורך ראשי),  סין הקיסרית המאוחרת  ) כרך ג של סדרה כל אשר מתחת לשמיים: סין הקיסרית).
 

Edited and Co-edited Books

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  • Yuri Pines and Carine Defoort, eds., a special issue of Contemporary Chinese Thought journal dedicated to studies of the Book of Lord Shang. (forthcoming)
  • Yuri Pines, Paul R. Goldin, and Martin Kern, eds., Ideology of Power and Power of Ideology in Early China. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
  • Yuri Pines, Lothar von Falkenhausen, Gideon Shelach and Robin D.S. Yates, eds., Birth of an Empire: The State of Qin revisited. (New Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society). Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.
  • Yuri Pines (guest editor), a special issue of Contemporary Chinese Thought journal dedicated to Prof. Liu Zehua 劉澤華. Contemporary Chinese Thought 45.2-3 (2013-2014).
  • Paul van Els, Romain Graziani, Yuri Pines and Elisa Sabattini, eds., Political Rhetoric in Early China, a special issue of Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident: Cahiers de recherches comparatives 34 (2012).
  • Raoul D. Findeisen (chief editor), Gad Isay, Amira Katz-Goehr, Yuri Pines and Lihi Yariv-Laor, eds., At Home in Many Worlds Reading, Writing and Translating from Chinese and Jewish Cultures Essays in Honour of Irene Eber (“Veröffentlichungen des Ostasien-Institut der Ruhr-Universität Bochum” Series). Wiesbaden: Harrassowtiz, 2009.

Articles in Journals

 

 

Articles in Collected Essays

  • “Agriculturalism and Beyond: Economic Thought of the Book of Lord Shang.” In: Economic Thought in Early China (preliminary title), ed. Christian Schwermann and Elisa Sabatini. Leiden: Brill. 
  • “Post-imperial Emperors? Traditional Chinese Political Culture and Its Afterlife,” in: Dynamics of Continuity, Patterns of Change: Between World History and Comparative Historical Sociology: In Memory of Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt, ed. Benjamin Z. Kedar, Adam Klin-Oron and Ilana Friedrich Silber. Jerusalem: The Israel Academy of Science and Humanities (forthcoming)
  • “Belabored Monarch? The ‘Wu yi’ 無逸 Chapter revisited.” In The Classic of Documents and the Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy, ed. Martin Kern and Dirk Meyer. Leiden: Brill (forthcoming).
  • “History without Anecdotes: Between the Zuozhuan and the Xinian Manuscript,” in: Paul van Els and Sarah Queen, eds., Rhetorical Uses of Anecdotes in Early China (Albany: State University of New York Press, forthcoming).
  • “Contested Sovereignty: Heaven, the Monarch, the People, and the Intellectuals in Traditional China,” in: Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Stefanos Geroulanos, and Nicole Jerr, eds., The Scaffold of Sovereignty. New York: Columbia University Press (forthcoming).
  • “Introduction: Ideology and Power in Early China,” in:  Yuri Pines, Paul R. Goldin, and Martin Kern, eds., Ideology of Power and Power of Ideology in Early China. Leiden: Brill (forthcoming).

  • “Legalism in Chinese Philosophy,” in Edward N. Zalta et al., eds., Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (First published Wed Dec 10, 2014).

  • “China, Imperial (221-207BC),” in: John MacKenzie, ed., The Encyclopedia of Empire. (forthcoming).

 
  • “You jiushizhu tese de Qin Shihuang: jianlun Qin chao zai zhongguo lishi shang de diwei” 有“救世主”特色的秦始皇——兼论秦朝在中国历史上的地位 (“The Messianic Emperor: A New Look at Qin’s Place in China’s History”), in: Ge Quan 葛荃      et al., eds., Fansi zhong de sixiang shijie: Liu Zehua xiansheng 80 shouchen jinian wenji 反思中的思想世界——刘泽华先生80寿辰纪念文集. Tianjin: Tianjin renmin chubanshe, 2014, 167-184.

  • Yuri Pines, with Lothar von Falkenhausen, Gideon Shelach and Robin D.S. Yates, “General Introduction: Qin History Revisited,” in: Yuri Pines, Lothar von Falkenhausen, Gideon Shelach and Robin D.S. Yates, eds., Birth of an Empire: The State of Qin revisited. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014, 1-36.

  • Introduction to Part III: The First Emperor and his Image,” in: Yuri Pines, Lothar von Falkenhausen, Gideon Shelach and Robin D.S. Yates, eds., Birth of an Empire: The State of Qin revisited. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014, 227-238.

 
 
  • From Teachers to Subjects: Ministers Speaking to the Rulers from Yan Ying 晏嬰 to Li Si 李斯,” in: Garet Olberding, ed., Facing the Monarch: Modes of Advice in the Early Chinese Court. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Asia Center 2013, 69-99.

  • “Qin: from principality to kingdom to the Empire,” in Maria Khayutina, ed., Qin – The Eternal Emperor and his Terracotta Warriors. Zürich: NZZ Libro, 2013, 28-35.

  • “King Zheng of Qin, the First Emperor of China,” in Maria Khayutina, ed., Qin – The Eternal Emperor and his Terracotta Warriors. Zürich: NZZ Libro, 2013, 105-115.

 
 
  • “Shanrang: Zhanguo shiqi guanyu pingdengzhuyi yu junzhuzhuyi zhenglun” (Abdication: Debates about egalitarianism and monarchism in the Warring States period, translated by Lin Hu) in Chen Zhi, ed.., Dangdai Xifang Hanxue yanjiu jicui. Zhongguo shanggu shi juan(Collection of Studies by Current Western Sinologists: Volume of Early Chinese History). Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2011, 350-395. (尤銳: “禪讓:戰國時期關於平等主義與君主權力的論爭,” 收入陳致主編《當代西方漢學研究集萃.中國上古史卷》, 上海: 上海古籍出版社, 2011年, 頁350-395.)

  • Chinese history-writing between the sacred and the secular,” in John Lagerwey and Marc Kalinowski, eds., Early Chinese Religion: Part One: Shang through Han (1250 BC-220 AD). Leiden: Brill, 2009, Volume 1: 315-340.

  • “¿Un sello omnipotente? Planteamientos sobre el gobierno del monarca en la China Preimperial” (“The omnipotent rubberstamp? Views of the monarch’s rule in pre-imperial China” [in Spanish]), trans. by Alicia Relinque Eleta, in: Alicia Relinque Eleta, ed., La construccion del poder en la China antigua. Granada: EUG, 2009, 55-84.

 
  • Confucian Irony? ‘King Wu’s Enthronement’ Reconsidered,” in Raoul D. Findeisen et al, eds., At Home in Many Worlds Reading, Writing and Translating from Chinese and Jewish Cultures Essays in Honour of Irene Eber (“Veroeffentlichungen des Ostasien-Institut der Ruhr-Universität Bochum” Series). Wiesbaden: Harrassowtiz, 2009, 55-68. 

  • Imagining the Empire? Concepts of ‘Primeval Unity’ in Pre-imperial Historiographic Tradition,” in: Fritz-Heiner Mutschler and Achim Mittag, eds., Conceiving the Empire: China and Rome Compared. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008: 67-90.

  • “L’idéologie de Qin: créer l’empire” (“Qin Ideology: Creating the Empire,” in French, translated by Olivier Venture), in Les Soldats de l’Éternité: L’Armee de Xi’an, edited by Alan Thote and Lothar von Falkenhausen. Paris: Pincaothèque de Paris, 2008, 171-182.

 
  • “L’idéologie de Qin: créer l’empire” (“Qin Ideology: Creating the Empire,” in French, translated by Olivier Venture), in Les Soldats de l’Éternité: L’Armee de Xi’an, edited by Alan Thote and Lothar von Falkenhausen. Paris: Pincaothèque de Paris, 2008, 171-182.

  • Beasts or Humans: Pre-Imperial Origins of Sino-Barbarian Dichotomy,” in Reuven Amitai and Michal Biran, eds., Mongols, Turks and Others: Eurasian Nomads and the Sedentary World. Leiden: Brill, 2004: 59-102.

  • Speeches and the Question of Authenticity in Ancient Chinese Historical Records,” in Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer, Achim Mittag and Jörn Rüsen, eds., Historical Truth, Historical Criticism and Ideology: Chinese Historiography and Historical Culture from a New Comparative Perspective. Leiden: Brill, 2005: 195-224.

 
 
  • “ ‘The Great Unity’ Paradigm in Chinese Political Culture,” in Martin Lu, Rosita Dellios and James R. Ferguson, eds., Toward a Global Community: New Perspectives on Confucian Humanism. Robina: The Center of East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bond University, 2004: 47-71.

 

 

Translations
  • Wu Baoping 吴保平 and Lin Cunguang 林存光, “Reflections on the Concept of ‘Law’ of Shang Yang from the Perspective of Political Philosophy: Function, Value and Sprit of the ‘Rule of Law’” 商鞅之“法”的政治哲学反思——兼论法治的功能、价值和精神, translated by Yuri Pines. Contemporary Chinese Thought (forthcoming).

  • Zeng Zhenyu 曾振宇, “Shang Yang as a Historical Personality and as a Symbol” 历史的商鞅与符号化的商鞅, translated by Yuri Pines. Contemporary Chinese Thought (forthcoming).

  • Zhang Linxiang 张林祥,  “Progress or Change? Rethinking the Historical Outlook of the Book of Lord Shang” 进步观还是变易观——《商君书》历史观再认识, translated by Yuri Pines. Contemporary Chinese Thought(forthcoming).

  • Li Cunshan 李存山, “The Book of Lord Shang and Elevation of Confucianism in the Han: Including a Discussion of the Conflict between Shang Yang and his School and the Confucian Teaching 《商君书》与汉代尊儒——兼论商鞅及其学派与儒学的冲突, translated by Yuri Pines. Contemporary Chinese Thought (forthcoming). 

  • Tong Weimin 仝卫敏, A New Exploration of the Dates of the ‘Attracting the People’ chapter of the Book of Lord Shang《商君书·徕民篇》成书新探, translated by Yuri Pines. Contemporary Chinese Thought(forthcoming).

  • “Xifang de zhengzhixue yu Zhongguo chuantong zhengzhi sixiang: cong hulue dao renke?” 西方的政治学与中国传统政治思想:从忽略到认可? (Western political sciences and traditional Chinese political thought: from neglect to recognition?), presented at a conference on traditional Chinese political thought, Nankai University, Tianjin, October 17, 2014.

  • “Agriculturalism and beyond: Economic Thought of the Book of Lord Shang,” presented at the panel on Early Chinese Economic Thought and Practice, European Association of Chinese Studies conference, Braga, July 24, 2014.

  • “Diversity and Unity of Narratives: Early Chinese Historiography in Light of the Newly Discovered Chu 楚 Manuscripts,” presented at the 12th annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Haifa University, May 26, 2014.

  • “Belabored Monarch? The ‘Wu yi’ 無逸 Chapter revisited, revised version” presented at the conference The Classic of Documents and the Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy, Oxford, March 22, 2014.

  • “The Book of Lord Shang: An Ideal of the Total State,” presented at a conference “Traditional Non-Confucian Perspectives on Social and Political Organization and Order”, City University of Hong Kong, March 15, 2014.

 
  • "The Chunqiu in the Light of a Comparison between the Zuo and the Gongyang exegeses," presented at the First Committee Meeting on the Study and Translation of the Wujing, Beijing, June 27-29, 2009.
  • "Western Studies of Chinese Political Culture – a New Trend" (西方学者与中国传统政治文化——新的研究趋势), talk (in Chinese) at the Nankai University, May 25, 2009.
  • "The First Emperor as a Historical Junction: A Messianic Interpretation," talk at Harvard University, March 30, 2009; Heidelberg University, November 24, 2009; Haifa University, April 29, 2010.
  • “‘The People’s Army’? Rethinking Military Ideology in the Book of Lord Shang,” presented  at the workshop “War of Ideas, Ideas of War: The Role of Military Thought in Early China”, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona,  June 6, 2013
  • “History without anecdotes? Preliminary analysis of the bamboo Xinian,” presented at the Anecdotes in Early China Workshop, Leiden, May 31-June 1, 2013
  • “Belabored Monarch? The ‘Wu yi’ 無逸 Chapter revisited,” presented at the conference The Classic of Documents and the Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy, Princeton May 17-18, 2013.
  • “Empire without Emperors? Rethinking aspects of China’s ‘modernization’”, presented at a conference “The Rise of Modern China” (in honor of Prof. Yitzhak Shichor), Haifa, Dec 25, 2012.
  • The Political Resilience of the Chinese Empire” presented at the international workshop Analyzing Collapse: Destruction, Collapse and Memory, Jerusalem, December 12, 2012.
  • “Post-imperial Emperors? The Impact of Traditional Chinese Political Culture in the Post-Imperial Period,” presented at the first international colloquium in memory of S.N. Eisenstadt, Dynamics of Continuity, Patterns of Change:Between World History and Comparative Historical Sociology, Jerusalem October 14-15, 2012
  • “Minzu guojia, quanqiuhua yu ‘da yitong’: cong Zhong Xifang lishi he zhengzhi wenhua bijiao lun ‘tianxia dashi’ de fazhan quxiang” 民族国家,全球化与“大一统”:从中西方历史和政治文化比较论“天下大势”的发展趋向 (Nation-state, globalization and Great Unity: Analyzing trends in World history from the comparative perspective of Chinese and Western history and Political Culture), presented (in Chinese) at Beijing Normal University (北京师范大学) and Nankai University, Tianjin, September 17-20, 2012.
  • “Pre-planned Empire: The Ideal of ‘Great Unity’ and its Actualization in China’s Imperial History” (in Hebrew), presented at a symposium “All-under-Heaven: Imperial China,” Open University (Ra’anana), June 17, 2012.
  • “The Chunqiu Annals in the light of the Zuo zhuan and Gongyang zhuan exegesis,” presented at a panel “Canon and Power in China,” at the 11th Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Tel-Aviv, May 22, 2012.
  • Co-organizer of an international workshop "Ideology of Power and Power of Ideology in Early China" (Jerusalem, Institute for Advanced Studies, May 1-6, 2012). Presented a paper “Immobilized Emperor: ‘Dynastic Cycles’ Revisited.”
  • “Reassessing Textual Sources for Pre-imperial Qin History,” presented at the conference “Before Empire: An International Conference on the Early History and Archaeology of Qin,” Columbia University in the City of New York, April 6-7, 2012.
  • Organizer of Sino-Israeli Workshop: “New Perspectives on Pre-Modern Chinese History”, Jerusalem, March 11-12, 2012. Presented paper “Omnipotent and inactive: Xunzi's solution to the problems of monarchism”
  • “Between Merit and Pedigree: Evolution of the Concept of "Elevating the Worthy" in pre-imperial China,” presented at “The Idea of Political Meritocracy: A Nanyang Technological University Interdisciplinary Symposium” 6-8 Jan 2012, Singapore.  
  • The Book of Lord Shang: A Case-Study in Formation of Preimperial "books", presented at the conference “The Rise of Writing in Ancient China”, University of Chicago, October 15-16, 2011.
  • Co-organizer of the workshop Rhetoric as a Political Tool in Early China, Jerusalem, May 24-25, 2011. Presented a paper "Alienating rhetoric in the Book of Lord Shang and its moderation"
  • "A cultural disaster? Abolition of the Emperorship Revisited," presented at the symposium 100 years of China's Republican Revolution (1911): Preliminary Summary, Jerusalem, March 9, 2011.
  • "The Fish's Joy or Existential Despair? Reflections on Zhuangzi," presented at the symposium in memory of Dan Daor, Jerusalem, Dec 29, 2010.
  • "From Historical Evolution to the End of History: Past, Present and Future from Shang Yang to the First Emperor," presented at the XVIII EACS conference, Riga, July 15-17, 2010.
  • "Monarchism, 'totalitarianism' and dissent in early China," presented at the Conference "Ahead of his Time - The Intellectual Legacy of Jacob L. Talmon," the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 13-14, 2010.
  • "Prestige of the Monarchy vs. Prestige of the Monarch: The Riddle of Traditional Chinese Political Culture," presented at Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, May 27, 2010.
  • "The Rise and Fall of Maoist Religion in the People's Republic of China and the Problem of Religious Deficit in Current China," presented at the conference "Secular Religion: A Concept or an Offensive Term?" (the 16th Adele Singer Rifkind Conference on Cultural and Religious Pluralism), Jerusalem, Van Leer Institute, May 4, 2010.
  • "The Myth of Aggravating Despotism: The Status of the Emperor in Traditional China," (in Hebrew) presented at the 9th Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Haifa, April 27, 2010.
  • “Early Chinese political thought and traditional Chinese political culture revisited,” presented at the Research Training in Old Chinese: History and Historiography University of Cambridge, March 25, 2010.
  • "Chinese Studies," presented at the panel at Area Studies and Social and Cultural Theory at An International Workshop on Southeast Asia, “Regions”, and Social Theory, the Truman Institute, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, March 4, 2010.
  • "The Bitter Love: The Confucian Intellectual and the Ruler" (in Hebrew), presented at the colloquium "Confucianism: Past, Present, and.... Future?", the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 30, 2009.
  • "Chinese Communist Politics between Progress and Stability" (in Hebrew) presented at the colloquium "New China at 60: A Preliminary Summary," the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 2, 2009.
  • "Political Mythology and Dynastic Legitimacy in the Rong Cheng shi manuscript," presented at the panel "Rethinking Warring States History in the Light of Recently Unearthed Bamboo Manuscripts" at the AAS conference, Chicago, March 27, 2009.
  • "A Hero Terrorist: Adoration of Jing Ke Revisited," talk at McGill University, Montreal, March 24, 2009.
  • "From Teachers to Subjects: Ministers Speaking to the Rulers from Yan Ying 晏嬰 to Li Si 李斯", presented at the conference "Addressing the Autocrat: The Drama of Early Chinese Court Discourse," University of Oklahoma, March 21, 2009.
  • Organizer and participant in the international workshop "The Birth of Empire: The State of Qin Revisited" (Jerusalem, December 10-19, 2008); presented a paper "The First Emperor as a Historical Junction: A 'Messianic' Interpretation".
  • Organizer and participant of the roundtable "Intellectuals and the State in Asia," the 7th annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, May 21, 2008.
  • "The Warring State: Bureaucratic Paradise and Its Demise" (in Hebrew), presented at the panel "State and Society in China", the 6th annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Haifa, June 12, 2007.
  • "Serving All-under-Heaven: Cosmopolitan Intellectuals of the Warring States as Creators of the Chinese Empire (fifth-third centuries B.C.E.)," presented at the Conference "Cosmopolitanism Past & Present", Dundee University, June 6-8, 2007
  • "The omnipotent rubberstamp? Conceptualizations of the emperor's rule in pre-imperial China", presented at the Asian Studies Seminar, "La construcción del poder en la China antigua" (The Construction of Power in Ancient China), University of Granada, Spain, April 12, 2007.
  • "Chinese history writing between the sacred and the secular", presented at the Conference: "Rituals, Pantheons and Techniques: A History of Chinese Religion before the Tang" (Paris, 15-21 December 2006).
  • "Between the Ruler and the Way—the Intellectual’s Predicament in Warring States’ China," talk at East Asian Studies Program, Princeton University, April 11, 2006.
  • "The price of omnipotence: Xunzi and Han Feizi on dilemmas of rulership," presented at East Asian Studies seminar, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, February 28, 2006.
  • "Wu suo bu neng er wu suo wei: Xunzi duiyu wangquanzhuyi de tiaozheng" 無所不能而無所為:荀子對於王權主義的調整 (Omnipotent and inactive: Xunzi's solution to the problems of monarchism), presented at the International Conference "Xunzi studies: Past and Future" (荀子研究的回顧與開創), Yunlin University (China, Taiwan), 18-19 February 2006.
  • "An Omnipotent Rubberstamp? Ideas of Rulership in Pre-Imperial China and their Impact on Imperial Political Culture," presented at the colloquium, School of Historical Studies, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, January 30, 2006.

 

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