Study Session on "Destiny and Divination in Early 4th-Century China"

February 26, 2016

Ge Hong's Baopu zi neipian (Inner Chapters of the Master Who Embraces Spontaneous Nature) is a major source of early 4th-century Taoist and popular religion in China. This Study Session focuses on materials on destiny and divination contained in this work.

The event is tied to a project that aims to produce complete and annotated translations of the Baopu zi neipian into English (edited by Fabrizio Pregadio) and French (edited by Catherine Despeux), which take into account the development of Taoist studies in the past decades.

Several members of the translation team will participate in the event. In addition, PhD students and IKGF Visiting Fellows will contribute short presentations on related subjects. Presentations will not be formal lectures and will have different formats, as chosen by the speakers. Their purpose is to stimulate conversation, debate, and suggestions for the translation project.


Friday, February 26, 2016


9:30 - 10:00 Presentation of the Baopu zi, the translation project, and the translators
Fabrizio Pregadio (IKGF and FAU)
10:00 - 11:00 Destiny and Divination in the Baopu zi
Fabrizio Pregadio (IKGF and FAU)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:00 The View of Heaven in the Baopu zi
Barbara Hendrischke (University of Sydney, former IKGF Visiting Fellow)
12:00 - 12:30 Varieties of Immortality in Baopu zi and Shenxian zhuan
Benjamin Penny (Australian National University)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 Visionary Divination in the Baopu zi
Dominic Steavu (University of California, Santa Barbara)
14:30 - 15:00 Physiognomy (xiangshu) in the Baopu zi
Philipp Hünnebeck (PhD candidate, FAU)
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:00 Fengshui in the Baopu zi
Song Xiaokun (PhD candidate, FAU)
16:00 - 16:30 The meaning of Nei (Internal) and Wai (External) in the Baopu zi and other Chinese texts
Nicolae Statu (IKGF Visiting Fellow)

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