Prof. Dr. Constance Cook

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Hartmannstr. 14
91052 Erlangen




Full Professor

Home Institution: Lehigh University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Modern languages and Literatures


IKGF Visiting Fellow January 2015 - June 2015

IKGF Visiting Fellow May 2016 - July 2016

IKGF Visiting Fellow June 2017 - July 2017

IKGF Research Project

Myth, History, and Music in the Creation of the Excavated Bamboo Guicang 歸藏 Hexagram Text

Curriculum vitae

A scholar of Chinese BC Era excavated text since the late 1970s (PhD, UC, Berkeley 1990), I have focused on bronze inscriptions with primary interests in religious, social, and regional practices (see, for example, Defining Chu: Image and Reality in Ancient China, Ed. With J. Major, 1999; “Education and the Way of the Former Kings.” In Feng Li & David Branner, ed. Literacy in Ancient China; “Ancestor worship during the Eastern Zhou.” In John Lagerwey & Marc Kalinowski, ed. Early Chinese Religion: Part One: Shang through Han (1250 BC-220 AD), 2009; “Moonshine and Millet: Feasting and Purification Rituals in Ancient China.” In Roel Sterckx, ed. Of Tripod and Palate: Food and Religion in Traditional China, 2005). In the early 1990s, I began to publish studies on bamboo texts, including those dedicated for divination, sacrifice, and mortuary ritual (see, for example, Death in Ancient China: The Tale of One Man’s Journey, 2006; “ The Ambiguity of Text, Birth and Nature,” Dao 12 (2013) 2: 161-78; “From Bone to Bamboo: Number Sets and Mortuary Ritual.” Journal of Oriental Studies 41.1: 1-40; “Myth and Fragments of a Qin Yi text: A Research Note and Translation.” Journal of Chinese Religions 26 (1998): 135-143).


Education

Institution and Location Degree Year(s) Feld of Study
University of Washington BA 1976 Chinese language and literature
University of Washington MA 1980 Chinese language and literature
University of California, Berkeley PHD 1990 Chinese language and literature

Positions and Honours

Employment/Experience

1990-1996 Assistant Professor in Chinese, Lehigh University
1996-2007 Associate Professor in Chinese, Lehigh University
Since 2007 Full Professor in Chinese, Lehigh University

Honors, Awards and Scholarships

1993-1994National Academy of Sciences, Committee for Scholarly Communication with China, post-doctoral research grant, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, History Research Institute, Beijing
1994-1995 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
2000-2001 Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
2011-2012 Fulbright Senior Research Award, Senior Research Scholar, Beijing Normal University, History Institute, Ancient Text Department

Selected Publications

Books and Editions

  • In Process: Birth in Ancient China. Co-authored with Luo Xinhui.
  • In Process: Ancestors, Kings, and the Dao.
  • In Process: A Sourcebook of Ancient Chinese Bronze Inscriptions. Ed. & written with Paul Goldin.
  • Death in Ancient China: The Tale of One Man’s Journey. Leiden: Brill Press, 2006
  • Defining Chu: Image and Reality in Ancient China. Ed. & written with John Major, University of Hawaii Press, 1999

Articles

  • 2013: “Pre-Han Healing.” T.J. Hinrichs & Linda L. Barnes, eds. Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University. Pp. 5-29.
  • 2013: “The Ambiguity of Text, Birth and Nature,” Dao 12.2: 161-78.
  • 2012: “The Sage King Yu & the Bin Gong xu.” Early China 35 (2012) forthcoming
  • 2011: “Education and the Way of the Former Kings.” Feng Li & David Branner, ed. Literacy in Ancient China. Seattle: University of Washington Press. Pp. 302- 336.
  • 2009: “Ancestor worship during the Eastern Zhou.” John Lagerwey & Marc Kalinowski, ed. Early Chinese Religion: Part One: Shang through Han (1250 BC-220 AD). Leiden: Brill. Pp. 237-79..
  • 2006: “From Bone to Bamboo: Number Sets and Mortuary Ritual.” Journal of Oriental Studies 41.1: 1-40.
  • 2005: “Moonshine and Millet: Feasting and Purification Rituals in Ancient China.” In Roel Sterckx, ed. Of Tripod and Palate: Food and Religion in Traditional China. New York: Palgrave. Pp. 9-33.
  • 1998: “Myth and Fragments of a Qin Yi text: A Research Note and Translation.” Journal of Chinese Religions 26 (1998): 135-143.
  • 1997: “Wealth and the Western Zhou.” The Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 60.2: 253-294.
  • 1996 : “Scribes, Cooks, and Artisans: Breaking Zhou Tradition.” Early China 20 (1995-96): 241-277.
  • 1995: “Spring and Autumn Period (Eight to Fifth centuries BCE)” in "Chinese Religions: State of the Field.” Daniel Overmeyer, ed. Journal of Asian Studies 54 (Feb. 1995) 4: 12-14.
  • 1994: “Three High Gods of Chu.” Journal of Chinese Religions 22 (Fall 1994): 1-22.
  • 1993: “Myth and Authenticity: Deciphering the Chu Gong Ni Bell Inscription.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 113 (1993) 4: 539-550.

Proceedings

  • 2013 : “Wenben yu zhi yi, sheng yu xing,” Jianbo, gudian, gushi yanjiu’ guoji luntan, Hong Kong Baptist University (forthcoming).
  • 2013: “Qinghua jian ‘Baoxun’ zhong de ‘xun’ ji gudai zhuanbo ‘xun’ de fangfa,” Qinghua jian yanjiu Vol. 1 (2012): 74-83.
  • 2013: “Sheng wang Yu yu Bin gong xu xintan,” Proceedings for “Text, Image, Memory,” Zhu Yuanqing, ed., Wenben, tuxiang, jiyi. Shanghai guji (forthcoming).
  • 2007: “Xian wang zhi dao yu ‘weiyi’ de waihua biaoxian.” Ding Sixin, ed. Chudi jianbo sixiang yanjiu, Vol. 3, Proceedings of the International Academic Conference on Newly Excavated Chu Bamboo Strips. Hubei: Hubei jiaoyu. Pp. 270-83.
  • 2006: “The Way(s) of the Former Kings: Guodian Notes.” Confucianism Resurrected: The Third International Conference on Excavated Chinese Manuscripts, Mt. Holyoke College, April 2004. Xing Wen, ed. Special issue of International Research on Bamboo and Silk Documents: Newsletter. Trinity College. Pp. 47-54.
  • 2005: “Chuguo qierbei suo shangli zhong de zuoyong yu gudai muzang niurou jisipin de guanxi.” The Chu wenhua yanjiu lunji No. 6. Chu wenhua yanjiuhui, ed. Wuhan: Hubei Jiaoyu. Pp. 354-72.
  • 2004: “The Bin Gong xu and Sage King Yu.” In The X Gong Xu: A Report and Papers from the Dartmouth Workshop. Xing Wen, ed. Special issue of International Research on Bamboo and Silk Documents: Newsletter. Dartmouth College 2003. Pp.23-8.
  • 2004: “Zhao yu chuanshuo: dui xinchu Guizang jianshu jitiao sixian.” Xinchu jianbo yanjiu: xinchu jianbo guoji sueshu yantaohui wenji [Studies on Recently Discovered Chinese Manuscripts: Proceedings of the International Conference on RecentlyDiscovered Chinese Manuscripts (August 2000)]. Ed. By S. Allan and Xing Wen. Aurora Centre for the Study of Ancient Civilizations, Peking University Publication Series, No. 8. Beijing: Wenwu Press. Pp. 154-62.
  • 2003: “Gudai Zhongguo de zhaijie yishi yu shensheng kongjian gainian.” Disijie guoji Zhongguo guwenzixue yantaohui lunwenji: xin shiji de guwenzi yu jingdian zhuci. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Pp. 653-62.
  • 2002: “Shilun Jin Hou Bangfu mu zhong de Chu Gong Ni bianzhong.” Shanghai Museum, ed. Jin Hou mudi chutu qingtongqi guoji xueshu yantaohui lunwenji. Shanghai shuhua chubanshe. Pp. 355-365.

IKGF related publications

Forthcoming/In preparation

  • Divining the Way: a Fourth Century BCE Divination Manual. With Zhao Lu. Proposal in process. Manuscript finished.
  • “Musical Performance and Personal Transformation: The Magic of Number Nine.” In process.
  • “Reading the Baoshan包山 gua 卦using the Shifa 筮法: A Research Note on Fourth Century BCE Divination.” East Asian Science Technology and Medicine. Under review.
  • “Sun zhi sui” 巽之祟. Wen Zhe Shi 文哲史. Forthcoming.

Other Publications during IKGF Stay

Articles

  • “Mu yu Dao de juxiang” 母与道的具象. Guanzi xuekan 管子学刊 2015.1: 80-82.

Forthcoming/In preparation

  • History of Ancient China. With J. Major. In process. Already under contract.
  • Birth in Ancient China. With Luo Xinhui. Proposal under review. Manuscript finished.
  • Ancestors, Kings, and the Dao. Book manuscript under review.
  • A Sourcebook of Ancient Chinese Bronze Inscriptions. Ed. & written with P. Goldin. Accepted for the Society for the Study of Early China monograph series. Forthcoming.
  • “Mother and the Embodiment of the Dao.” Journal of Chinese Philosophy (presumably published in June, but I haven’t seen it yet).
  • 試用清華簡《筮法》解讀包山占卜記錄中卦義, manuscript finished. Preparing it for submission.