Post by J. Bourgon on 2014-12-30 20:28:46

From Shuihuidi to Liye 

 Forty years of archeological discoveries and their significance for Chinese History


Venue: Collège de France, 52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris (métro: Cardinal Lemoine) - Salle Claude Lévi-Strauss


Thursday 18: New Perspectives on Ancient China: Researches on Qin and Han Excavated Texts.



  • Qin-Han excavated texts reading session lead by Professors Robin Yates and Anthony Barbieri-Low: Zhangjiashan 張家山 legal documents and Liye 里耶 administrative documents.



  • Alain Thote: “Early Chinese Manuscripts Discovered in Tombs: the Case of Rishu 日書.”
  • Marc Kalinowski: “Some remarks on the relationship between the Qin and Han excavated legal texts and daybook text type manuscripts.”
  • Marianne Bujard: "Rishu within the scope of Qin and Han religion.”


  • Enno Giele: “Administrative Documents from Jianshui 肩水.”
  • Eric Trombert: “Was the farming system of the military settlements (屯田 / 軍屯) really sustainable? About an unpublished manuscript from Juyan 居延.”
  • Arnaud Bertrand: “Excavating the eastern administrative border of Dunhuang imperial commandery during the former Han dynasty.”


  • General discussion

Friday 19: From Shuihudi to Liye, from law on paper to law in practice?

Morning (9-12):

  • "Forms of Legislation during the Qin and Han,” the different types of laws, including statutes, ordinances, precedents, etc., by Robin Yates
  • “The Evolution of Statutory Law from the Qin to the Han,” with highlight on some of the continuities from the Qin laws to the Tang Code, by Anthony Barberi-Low.

Afternoon (14-17): discussion, animated by three short presentations

  • Jérôme Bourgon: From the redemption of punishments to their commutation and   abolition: questions about “changes” and “progress” of the Chinese legal system under     Qing and Han dynasty
  • Frédéric Constant: The “Confucianization of law”, after the toppling of the “cruel             Legalist dynasty of Qin”: An outdated historical myth?
  • Luca Gabbiani: “Contracts” in Chinese history: some remarks and questions.





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