Professor Charles Hartman Appointed to Institute of Advanced Study
Professor Charles Hartman of the Department of East Asian Studies will spend the spring term as a Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
The Institute for Advanced Study is
one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and
intellectual inquiry. The Institute exists to encourage and support
fundamental research in the sciences and humanities—the original, often
speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change
the way we understand the world. Work at the Institute takes place in
four Schools: Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Science.
At the Institute, the School of
Historical Studies embraces a historical approach to research
throughout the humanistic disciplines, from socioeconomic developments,
political theory, and modern international relations, to the history
of art, science, philosophy, music, and literature.
During his tenure, Professor Hartman
will continue his research on the history and historiography of the
Chinese Song dynasty (960-1279). His research seeks to modify
prevailing scholarship, which has emphasized the Confucian, literati
character of the Song state, and accentuate the contrasting role of
imperial military and economic power. He argues that the surviving
sources for Song history exaggerate literati supremacy in Song politics
because the framing narratives of these sources originate in the
literati’s own unsuccessful efforts to wrest control of state resources
away from the monarchy and the military. Professor Hartman anticipates
that the multi-disciplinary character of the School of Historical
Studies will deepen and facilitate his research program.
Professor Hartman spent the fall
semester as a senior Fulbright research scholar at the Center for
Chinese Studies in Taipei, Taiwan.
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Jersey. Its more than 6,000 former Members hold positions of
intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world.
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