Conference Program





Fourth Conference of the Early Medieval China Group
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:30am–4:50pm (MDT)




Members and friends of the Early Medieval China Group (EMCG) are cordially invited to attend the Fourth Conference of the Group on March, 27, 2021.

The Conference will be held remotely, hosted by the University of Colorado, Boulder, and supported by the Department of Asian Languages & Civilizations.


To receive the Zoom link for the conference, please register here:


The annual membership meeting will take place on this day as well, at 3:50pm.


For questions please contact Antje Richter at


All times are given in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). We recommend to verify the time in your area via a time zone calculator, such as:

Fourth Conference of the Early Medieval China Group
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:30am–4:50pm (MDT) 9:30 am Welcome by Antje Richter (Univ. of Colorado)

9:40–11:20 am, Panel 1, Chair: J. Michael Farmer (Univ. of Texas)

9:40     Yixin Gu (Princeton Univ.)

“Is There a Text Beyond Variance? Concepts and Realities about Textual Stability in Early Medieval China”

10:05 Qiaomei Tang (Grinnell College)

“Vice or Virtue? Conflicting Views on Female Jealousy in Early Medieval China” 10:30 Guanrui Gong (Univ. of Colorado)

“Embodying Himself: Bodily Images and the Case for a Sinner in Shen Yue’s ‘Confessions’”

10:55 Marie Bizais-Lillig (Univ. of Strasbourg)

“The Shijing, a Source of Knowledge and Inspiration in Medieval China”


11:20–11:30 am Tea/Coffee Break


11:30 am–1:10 pm, Panel 2, Chair: Keith Knapp (The Citadel)

11:30 Shing Müller (LMU Munich)

“Balls or Peaches: On the Iconography of a Mural in the Tomb of Song Shaozu (477)” 11:55 Sijia Li (Univ. of Colorado)

“Observing a Hair of a Tiger: Diseases, Bibliocaust, and Images of Xiao Yi”

12:20 Soojung Han (Princeton Univ.)

“Empress Dowager Lou the Kingmaker: Identity Politics in Northern Qi (550–577)” 12:45 Winston C. Kyan (Univ. of Utah)

“Filial Crossings: The Shanzi Jataka at Dunhuang from the N. Zhou (557–581)”


1:10–2:00 pm Lunch Break / Social Hour on GatherTown


2:00–3:40 pm, Panel 3, Chair: Cynthia Chennault (Univ. of Florida)

2:00     Zornica Kirkova (Berlin State Library)

“Chanted Objects and Painted Worlds: Screens in Early Medieval Chinese Poetry” 2:25        Xiaojing Miao (Univ. of Colorado)

“A Life of Changes: Tao Yuanming’s Autobiographical Poetry”

2:50     Evan Nicoll-Johnson (Univ. of Alberta)

“Liu Xiaobiao’s Annotations to Shishuo xinyu and the Invention of Literary History” 3:15          Yiyi Luo (Beijing Capital Normal Univ.)

“Early Reception of Yu Xin in the Sixth and Seventh Centuries”


3:40–3:60 pm Tea/Coffee Break



3:50–4:50 pm Annual Membership Meeting