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An Examination of Chinese Mythology (I) – The Fire God (online)

November 6 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Myths are enduring legends that help reflect and shape human relationships with nature and one another. To better understand how myths and mythology are interwoven within Chinese history and society, the ECNU Center at China Institute presents “An Examination of Chinese Mythology,” a new professional development workshop series for K-12 educators of Chinese language and culture. This workshop will offer a deeper knowledge of Chinese mythology, expand perspectives and understandings of Chinese culture, and enrich K-12 classroom teaching. In addition, the series provides an opportunity for participants to discuss the complex yet changing relationship between nature and human society.

Chinese mythology has its unique relevance to today’s China and the world. Belief of the Fire God and his story have long developed in China since ancient time and has evolved to overlap with other gods whose responsibilities center on agriculture, medicine, mountains and sea, as well as the daily function of the household, such as the Kitchen God. Most of all, like the Yellow Emperor, the Fire God is perceived as one of the ancestors of all Chinese. As ancient as it is, such myth is still tremendously impactful in China today: since 2020, the Fire God has become a symbol of fierce power in China’s fight against COVID.

Led by Professor TIAN Zhaoyuan,“An Examination of Chinese Mythology (1) – the Fire God” will provide an overview of Chinese mythology and delve into the story of the Fire God and his symbolic cultural roles in China’s past and present, as well as its relevance in American K-12 Chinese language and culture classes.

This online workshop will be in Chinese and is free for all K-12 teachers

Jointly presented by Confucius Institute at China Institute, the ECNU Center at China Institute and Project DCLT at NYU, 2 hours of CTLE credits are offered for New York State teachers attending this program.

TIAN Zhaoyuan, professor of the Folk Lore Institute of East China Normal University, Deputy Director of the Institute of Chinese Cultural Heritage and Director of the Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage at ECNU. Main research interest includes ethnography and mythology, and intangible cultural heritage protection, with a focus on both theoretical studies and practical applications in historical and current contexts. Tian is the author of several academic books including “Myths of the Creation Chinese”, “Narrative of Mythology and Social Studies” (in Chinese), and “History of Oaths” (in Chinese).

神话,植根于每一个文化的起源,不仅记载历史长河中不同文明人类先民与祖辈的信仰,更深刻地反映和塑造人对自然的崇拜、敬畏、抗争与妥协,在过去、现在和将来,都深深地影响我们。“华东师范大学-华美中国研究中心”主办的“中国神话系列”面向美国中小学中文教师,通过对中国神话的梳理和审视,将帮助老师们开拓认识、理解中国文化的视角,丰富中文和中国文化课程的内容,同时提供机会与参与教师共同探讨,启发教学从历史和当下的角度展开人、社会与自然,文明与环境的讨论。

作为世界神话叙事系统一支的中国神话,既有与世界神话的共同性,也有其独特的叙事谱系。中国火神神话叙事与信仰历史悠久,从火神,演变为农神,田祖,药神,山神,海神,甚至家里的灶神。他最大的神职是与黄帝一起成为中华民族的祖先神。中国人自称“炎黄子孙”,所以火神是中国文化的符号。中华古老的神话至今活力无限,活态传承。2020年,火神携带药神以及祖先神,成为中国抗疫故事的最重要的文化符号之一,就是一个极好的例子。 

本次讲座邀请上海华东师范大学民俗学研究所田兆元教授,将带领老师理解中国神话谱系,并具体解读中国火神的历史发展及与当下中国的联系。参与讲座的老师也将通过互动,展开针对美国中小学课堂中国语言与文化教学策略的讨论。

此次讲座为中文。面向中小学教师免费开放。

此次讲座由华美协进社孔子学院,华东师范大学-华美中国研究中心以及纽约大学DCLT项目联合举办。参加讲座的纽约州公立中小学教师可获得2个小时的CTLE继续教育证书。

田兆元教授简介

田兆元,湖北宜都人。上海华东师范大学民俗学研究所教授。华东师范大学中华优秀传统文化传承创新研究院副院长,非物质文化遗产传承与应用研究中心主任。研究方向:民俗学与神话学研究,非物质文化遗产保护研究。崇尚学术研究理论与实践的统一,历史与现实的统一。主张文化遗产必须活态传承与创造性转换。著有《中华创世神话六讲》(Springer英文版:Myths of the Creation Chinese)、《神话叙事与社会发展研究》、《盟誓史》等。

Admission:

Free for teachers/中小学教师免费

Contact:

Yongqiang Lin [email protected]

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November 6
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9:00 am - 11:00 am
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