Fudan International Center for the Study of Chinese Civilization (ICSCC) Publications Program – Second Batch of Special-Issue Monographs, No. 1.
Fudan ICSCC Publication Program has just recently published the second batch of special-issue volumes on Fudan University Press. These titles include: Vision and Prospects for the Study of Sino-Indian Relationship, edited by Tansen Sen and Sun Yinggang; Two Revivals of Chinese Buddhism in the 20th Century, edited by Ji Zhe, Daniela Campo and Wang Qiyuan; and Traveling Images and Texts: Media Interaction in Modern Chinese Context, edited by Wu Shengqing. These three special edited-volumes are the fruition of a series of three international workshops organized by Fudan ICSCC and attended by visiting scholars from across China and the globe.
Vision and Prospects for the Study of Sino-Indian Relationship was compiled and edited by Professor Tansen Sen, NYU Professor History Director of NYU University’s Center for Global Asia, together with Associate Professor Sun Yingang of Fudan University’s National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies. Although numerous problematiken in Sino-Indian relations have surfaced over the past two-hundred years, this field of research remains in its infancy due to two main factors: firstly, the lack of a clear and definitive boundaries delimiting the research domain, and secondly, the need for a more rigorous methodological framework. The editors of Visions and Prospects compellingly argue that research into Indo-Chinese relations demands an interdisciplinary and polyglot approach. Although many lacunae remain to be filled through future scholarly endeavors, the contributors to this volume successfully consolidate some general convictions concerning the disciplinary boundaries and methodological framework, while demonstrating the recent progress made in this burgeoning field.
It was under this exciting set of circumstances that Fudan ICSCC hosted the ninth installment of its international workshops on the topic of “Conceptualizing and Re-Examining India-China Connections” on Nov. 4-5th, 2013. More than twenty scholars from China and overseas attended this meeting with the goal of forging forward research into indo-Chinese exchange from the disciplinary perspectives of history, linguistics, philology, art history, and international relations. The edited-volume, titled, Vision and Prospects for The Study of Sino-Indian Relationship, is the fruition of this scholarly meeting.
The second edited-volume in this special series, Traveling Images and Texts: Media Interaction in Modern Chinese Context, edited by Associate Professor Wu Shengqing of Hong Kong University, Faculty of Humanities, also represents the fruition of an international workshop organized by ICSCC and held at Fudan from Dec. 14-15, 2013. Not only do the contributors to this volume avail themselves of the wide bandwidth of available visual materials, these scholars also penetratingly examine the history of China’s late-Qing and Republican periods from the perspective of cultural history. The stated goal of this volume is to “reveal history in vivid image” 以圖證史 by investigating all manner of visual media – including landscape painting, portraiture, photography, cinema, comics, and etching. This rich body of source material reveals the radical transformation in society, concepts, deportment, sensibilities, and aesthetic forms in Chinese modernity. Wu writes: “this edited-volume shows the fruits of recent scholarship investigating the interrelationship between multiple media – both in text and image. This work is impelled by the tremendous upsurge in scholarly interest in visual culture and manifestly contributes to this burgeoning field.”
The third special-issue volume, titled (Two Revivals of Chinese Buddhism in the 20th Century) is also the product of the workshop hosted by ICSCC in December 2013. This international workshop was chaired by Associate Professor Daniela Campo of Université de Strasbourg, together with Associate Professor Ji Jie of Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, and The concrete contributions of this volume are seen in its case studies and surveys examining the unique character of two periods of resurgence in modern Chinese Buddhism by tracing the continuities and discontinuities between the most recent revival of modern Chinese Buddhism and that witnessed during the Republican Period. Moreover, this volume expands our knowledge of the specific contours of the relationship between these two “revivals.” While combing through the interrelated contexts of Chinese Buddhism’s various modern transformations, this work reveals a rich history that has yet to receive sufficient scholarly attention. The editor and contributors to this volume forge ahead with groundbreaking inquiries into this important chapter of Chinese Buddhist history from multiple perspectives taking into account the full broadband of unstudied source materials of diverse provenance.
Since its founding in March 2012, the International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization (ICSCC) has dedicated itself to promoting internal academic exchange in the spirit of international cooperation between scholars of China studies both East and West. Under the auspices of FDU Faculty of Humanities, the mission of this center has been to develop scholarly exchange across diverse civilizations, and to stimulate dialogue between scholars both domestically and abroad. Each year, the ICSCC center offers generous funding to scholars from overseas to conduct research and to engage in collaborative projects with scholars from FDU, Shanghai, and throughout China. By hosting academic presentations and workshops, as well as by way of the publication program, on all fronts the center supports international academic exchange and scholarly collaboration.
The ICSCC center welcomes and promotes cooperative scholarly projects at the international level. By way of the first two batches of special issues in 2014 on FDU University press, we continue to promote academic collaborations through the publication of edited volumes in the spirit of fostering international cooperation. This first printing included three volumes: Cultural Politics and Intellectual Production in Modern China 《近代中國的知識生產與文化政治》, edited by Zhang Zhongmin張仲民 and Zhangke章可; Sacred Space: Spatial Elements of Early Medieval Religions《神聖空間：中古宗教中的空間因素》, edited by Chen Jinhua陳金華and Sun Yingang孫英剛; and Religion and State in Modern Chinese Local Society《中國近世地方社會中的宗教與國家》, edited by Wang Gang王崗and Li Tiangang李天綱.
近日，“復旦中華文明研究專刊”第一輯第二批三種由復旦大學出版社出版，包括：《中印關係研究的視野與前景》（Vision and Prospects For The Study of Sino-Indian Relationship）（沈丹森、孫英剛編），《二十世紀中國佛教的兩次復興》(Two Revivals of Chinese Buddhism in the 20th Century）（汲喆、田水晶、王啟元編），《旅行的圖像與文本：現代華語語境中的媒介互動》(Traveling Images and Texts: Media Interaction in Modern Chinese Context)（吳盛青編）。三本專刊為復旦大學中華文明國際研究中心三場訪問學者工作坊的會議成果，在其論文集基礎上策劃編著而成。
Translator: Ernest (Billy) Brewster
Fairbank Center Graduate Associate
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations