Cosmopolitanism in China, 1600–1950

by Minghui Hu and Johan Elverskog

About Minghui Hu

Minghui Hu is an associate professor of history at University of California Santa Cruz. He earned his PhD from the department of history at UCLA, an MA from the graduate program in science and technology studies at Virginia Tech, and a BS from the department of civil engineering at Tamkang University, Taiwan. Dr. Hu was an Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellow, and he is the author of China's Transition to Modernity: The New Classical Vision of Dai Zhen (University of Washington Press).

About Johan Elverskog

Johan Elverskog is the Altshuler University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. He holds a PhD and MA from Indiana University, and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Elverskog is the author and editor of numerous articles and books, which have won several awards and also been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Russian. These publications include Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road, Our Great Qing: The Mongols, Buddhism and the State in Late Imperial China, and Uygur Buddhist Literature. He has also published in numerous journals such as Common Knowledge and the Journal of Asian Studies. Dr. Elverskog has been a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg at Ruhr Universität.

About the contributors

Chang So-an is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica. Her publications include Gong Zizhen sixiang yanjiu (On the Thought of Gong Zizhen); Yi li dai li: Ling Tingkan yu Qing zhong ye ru xue si xiang zhi zhuan bian (Lin Tingkan and the Intellectual Transition from Heavenly Principles to Ritualist Thought); and Shi ba shi ji li xue kao zheng de si xiang huo li: li jiao lun zheng yu li zhi chong xing (The Vitality of Eighteenth-Century Evidential Research on Rituals: The Debates over Ritual Orthodoxy and Reconstruction of the Ritual Order) .

Benjamin Elman is Professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton University. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2010. His publications include From Philosophy to Philology; Classicism, Politics, and Kinship; A Cultural History of Civil Examinations in Late Imperial China; On Their Own Terms: Science in China, 1550–1900; and A Cultural History of Modern Science in Late Imperial China. He has coedited Education and Society in Late Imperial China; Rethinking Confucianism; Statecraft and Classical Learning; Rethinking East Asian Languages, Vernaculars, and Literacies; Antiquarianism, Language, and Medical Philology; and World Philology.

James D. Frankel is Associate Professor of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His book, Rectifying God’s Name: Liu Zhi’s Translation of Monotheism and Islamic Ritual Law in Neo-Confucian China examines Chinese Islamic scholarship and literature of the early Qing period.

Stephen Roddy is Professor of East Asian literary and cultural studies at the University of San Francisco. His book, Literati Identity and Its Fictional Representations in Late Imperial China, examines several significant works of fiction in eighteenth-century China. His research centers on the nexus of literary and intellectual trends in eighteenth- and nineteenth-entury China and Japan.

Sun Jiang is Professor of History at Nanjing University. His publications include Kindai chugoku no kakumei to himitzukesya: chugoku kakumei no syakaisitekikenkyu, (Revolution and Secret Societies in Modern China: A Social History of the Chinese Revolution, 1895–1955); Kindai chugoku no shukyo, kesya to kenryoku (Religion, Society and Power in Modern China); and Chugoku no kindai o tou: Rekishi, kigoku to aidentiti (Questioning Chinese Modernity: History, Memory and Identity). He is the coeditor of Higashi Ajia ni okeru kindai chi no kukan no keisei (The formation of modern intellectual space in East Asia.

Wang Hui is Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Tsinghua University. He is a leading member of China’s “New Left” intellectual movement and the former editor of Dushu, one of China’s most influential literary journals. In May of 2008, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world. His publications in English include China’s New Order: Society, Politics and Economy in Transition; The Politics of Imaging Asia; The End of Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity; China from Empire to Nation-State; and China’s Twentieth Century.


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