[5, Apr. 2017] CUHK Translation Lecture Series 2016-17: Professor Bernhard Fuehrer

Public Lecture
Professor Bernhard Fuehrer
Professor of Sinology at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
The Future in Riddles: Notes on Reading and Translating Enigmatic Texts
Date: 5 April 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Venue: Swire Hall 1, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK
Language: English
Professor Bernhard Fuehrer is currently the Professor of Sinology at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He has held honorary positions as Visiting Professors in Britain, Mainland and Taiwan universities and served in a number of leading Sinology societies and associations. He is a prolific scholar whose books, Lost and Forgotten: The History of Chinese Studies in Austria and Sinological Methodology: A Guide to Selected Readings with Notes and Excursions in the History and Methods of Sinology, are important works in the Sinology circle. He has served on the board of about a dozen distinguished academic journals and publication series and acted as anonymous reader of submitted manuscripts for Cambridge and Oxford University Presses.
It is widely acknowledged that filling in the gaps left in texts is an integral part of the reading process. So, how do we deal with encrypted messages from the past that are, by design, only accessible post eventum to those (of us) who do not have the privilege of prescience? This presentation discusses previous attempts to annotate and translate the Tuibeitu 推背圖, an illustrated prophetic text traditionally attributed to two scholars of the Tang period.
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