To mark the 130th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Chen Yin-Koh (alternatively spelt as Chen Yinke or Chen Yinque), the Renwen Society presents a lecture by Dr. Shen Weirong on this preeminent scholar of the 20th century.
To a thousand people, there are a thousand Chen Yin-Koh’s. Chen Yin-Koh had become a legendary figure and symbol in modern Chinese history. His learning, both classical and modern, both Chinese and Western, was so profound that it not only represented the unsurpassable pinnacle of modern Chinese scholarship, but also became an oft-cited frame of reference for the study of modern Chinese intellectual history. The “independent spirit and free thought” that he advocated has become a highly praised and vaunted political attitude and life view among modern Chinese intellectuals.
What kind of scholar was Chen Yin-Koh indeed? What immortal academic achievements did he make? Why did he possess such immense academic charisma such that he is still regarded as the foremost figure in the Chinese academia today? This lecture will begin with Chen Yin-Koh’s experience in overseas studies, move on to observations and analysis of his ten years of teaching and writing as a professor at Tsinghua University, and view his personal academic path within the context of the modernization of Chinese humanities through the introduction of Western philology in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and thereby attempt to reveal a true and scholarly Chen Yin-Koh to the audience.
Dr. Shen Weirong received his BA and MA in history from Nanjing University, and Ph.D. in Language and Cultural Studies of Central Asia from Bonn University. In 2006, he joined School of Chinese Classics at Renmin University of China as Professor, where he founded the Institute of History and Philology of China’s Western Regions, and Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies Center. Since 2015, he has been on faculty as a professor both in the Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Chinese Language and Literature at Tsinghua University. His areas of specialization include Tibetan history and Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Philology.
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