Flyer Conference 2010

Fate, Freedom and Prognostication

1st Annual Conference 2009/2010

July 1 & 2, 2010


Thursday, July 1, 2010
11:30 a.m. Arrival, buffet and welcome address
The Directors of the IKGF
1:00 p.m. Opening Keynote: "The Gift Economy of Fate: The Chinese Way of Coping with Asymmetry"
Rudolf Wagner (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg)
2:00 p.m. "Power Politics and Divination"
Jürgen Gebhardt (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg) with a response by Li Qiang (Peking University, Beijing)
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4:00 p.m. Round Table "Fate and Freedom"
  • Introduction: "Fate and Freedom: Contemplating Opposites?"
    Georges Tamer (Ohio State University, Columbus, OH)
  • "On Faith, Doubts, and Freedom in Neo-Confucianism"
    Sophia Katz (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • "Challenging Fate: Body, Divination and Freedom in the Zhuangzi"
    Albert Galvany (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
  • "Die renovatio imperii Ottos III. und die Endzeiterwartungen um 1000" (The renovatio imperii of Otto III. and Millenarian Expectations around 1000) - lecture in German
    Hannes Möhring (Universität Bayreuth)
  • "Schicksal, Astrologie und Philosophie im lateinischen Mittelalter" (Fate, Astrology and Philosophy in Latin Medieval Times) - lecture in German
    Loris Sturlese (Università del Salento, Lecce)
6:30 p.m. "Predictions, divination and biblical exegesis: a key for the Spanish Auto de los Reyes Magos (ca. 1200)"
Ángel Gómez Moreno (Universidad Complutense, Madrid)
Friday, July 2, 2010
9:00 a.m. Round Table "Prognosis and Divination"
  • Introduction: "Occult Texts and Everyday Knowledge in Ancient and Medieval China"
    Donald Harper (University of Chicago, IL)
  • "Tracing the Development of Alphabetical Dream Divination in the Medieval West"
    László Sándor Chardonnens (Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen)
  • "Divination, Magic and Health Practices in Chinese Domestic Encyclopedias"
    Dimitri Drettas (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
  • "A Theoretical Investigation into the Contradictory Aspects of Buddhist 'Prognostication'"
    Zhou Qi (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing)
  • "Knowledge and Recognition: Diviners, Literati and Their Interactions in the Song Period"
    Liao Hsien-huei (National Chi Nan University, Puli, Taiwan)
12:00 p.m. "The Psychology of Chinese Divination in Comparative Perspective"
Richard Smith (Rice University, Houston, TX)
2:30 p.m. "Europäische und japanische Friedenstheorien der Frühneuzeit im Vergleich" (European and Japanese Theories of Peace in the Early Modern Age in Comparison) – lecture in German
Harald Kleinschmidt (Tsukuba University, Tsukuba)
3:30 p.m. "Fate, Divination and Risk in China and Greece: Evidence from Dodona and Shuihudi"
Lisa Raphals (University of California, Riverside, CA)
5:00 p.m. Closing keynote: "Der Einfall der Mongolen (1238-42): Apokalyptik und Aufklärung" (The Mongolian Invasion (1238-42): Apocalypticism and Enlightenment) – lecture in German
Johannes Fried (Johann Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a.M.)
6:00 p.m. Closing speech and reception
Karl-Dieter Grüske (President of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg)


July 1st, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.: New Library Building, Schuhstr. 1a, 91052 Erlangen
July 2nd, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: New Library Building, Schuhstr. 1a, 91052 Erlangen;
July 2nd, 2010, 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Unicum, Carl-Thiersch-Str. 9, 91052 Erlangen (view access route)