Mantic Arts in China II - Handbook Series

June 21-22, 2017


IKGF Seminar Room, Building D1
Hartmannstraße. 14,
91052 Erlangen

The International Research Consortium "Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe" at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg would like to welcome you to our workshop "Mantic Arts in China (II)" on July 21st and 22nd, 2017. Mantic arts have long been dismissed as "superstitious" or "irrational". However, this rejected knowledge not only sheds light on the history of science and technology, but also helps us to understand the wide range of human activities that are yet to be seriously considered in many scholarly fields. Last July, we had our "Mantic Arts in China" conference in order to launch our publication series: Handbook of Prognostication and Prediction in China.
This follow up workshop is specially focused on the introductory volume of the series: Part 1: Introduction to the Field of Chinese Prognostication. The purpose of this volume is to open the field of Chinese prognostication as well as to answer the question of why prognostication matters in various fields of Chinese studies and humanities in general. The volume contains two parts: 1. General introductions to aspects of Chinese prognostication (its history, significance, etc.); 2. Surveys of research on prognostication in various fields, or "states of the field". This workshop is particularly dedicated to the general issues and difficulties that the contributors have encountered through writing their chapters.

For more information, please contact Dr. Zhao Lu (




June 21, 2017

9:30 a. m. Welcome Address
Michael Lackner (Director of the International Research Consortium, FAU)
9:50 a. m. Thought and Prognostication
Zhao Lu (IKGF Research Fellow); Discussant: Andrew Schonebaum (University of Maryland)
11:10 a. m. The Living Traditions of Prognostication
Stéphanie Homola (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales); Discussant: Hon Tze-ki (State University of New York at Geneseo)
12:00 p. m. Politics and Prognostication
Hon Tze-ki (State University of New York at Geneseo); Discussant: Michael Lackner (FAU)
2:00 p. m. Prognostication in Early Chinese Excavated Texts
Constance Cook (Lehigh University); Discussant: Marc Kalinowski (Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes)
2:50 p. m. Popular Religion and Prognostication
Philip Clart (University of Leipzig); Discussant: Fabrizio Pregadio (FAU)
4:10 p. m. Daoism and Prognostication
Fabrizio Pregadio (FAU); Discussant: Philip Clart (University of Leipzig)

June 22, 2017

9:00 a. m. Medicine and Prognostication
Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins University); Discussant: Chang Chia-Feng (National Taiwan University)
9:50 a. m. Literature and Prognostication
Andrew Schonebaum (University of Maryland)
11:10 a. m. Sketch of the History of Prognostication
Chang Chia-Feng (National Taiwan University); Discussant: Zhao LU (FAU)
12:00 p. m. Taxonomy, Classification, Terminology
Marc Kalinowski (Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes)
2:00 p. m. Prophecy Prognostication
Stephen Bokenkamp (Arizona State University)
2:50 p. m. Handbook of Divinatory Techniques
Stephan Kory (College of Charleston)
3:40 p. m. Roundtable Discussion

International Consortium for Research in the Humanities

"Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe."

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