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廖咸惠(Hsien-huei Liao)


廖咸惠(Hsien-huei Liao)

Professor, Institute of History, National Tsing Hua University (since 2011.8)

Ph.D., Dept. of History, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, 2001


Visiting Appointments

1.      Research fellow at the IKGF (International Consortium for Research in the Humanities-- Fate, Freedom and Prognostication: Strategies in Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe), Friedrich-Alexander Universität Elangen-Nünberg, Germany, 2010.2-2010.7.

2.      Research Associate, EALC, Harvard University, USA, 2001-2002.

3.      Dissertation Research, Kyoto University, Japan, 1994-1995


Research interests

Socio-cultural history of Song
Chinese popular religion
Literati culture

Daoism in Ancient China




Articles & Book Chapters

1.      "The Transformation of the Cult of Houtu during the Tang-Song Era: The Cult of Yangzhou Houtu." Chinese Studies 14.2 (1996): 103-134.

2.      "Visualizing the Afterlife: The Song Elite's Obsession with Death, the Underworld, and Salvation." Chinese Studies 20.1 (2002): 399-440. (The same version was incorporated into Vincent Goossaert ed., Critical Readings on Religions of China, Leiden: Brill Academic Publication, 2013)

3.      "Praying for A Revelation: The Mental Universe of the Song Examination Candidates." New History 15.4 (2004): 41-92.

4.      "Exploring Weal and Woe: The Song Elite's Mantic Beliefs and Practices." T'oung Pao 91. 4-5 (2005): 347-395.

5.      "Encountering Evil: Ghosts and Demonic Forces in the Lives of the Song Elite." Journal of Song Yuan Studies 37 (2007): 89-134. (A slightly different version in Japanese was published in Osaka City University Asian History, Special Feature, 2007, pp. 47-81)

6.      "Geomancy and Burial: The Social Status of the Song Geomancers." Studies in Urban Cultures 10 (2008): 96-115.

7.      "Popular Religion and the Religious Beliefs of the Song Elite: Themes and Reappraisal." In National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University ed. Where is the "Folk Society?"and on Whose "Belief?" (Beijing: Zhonghua Book Company, 2009), 57-77.

8.      "Experiencing the 'Lesser Arts': The Mantic Arts and Experts in the Lives of Song Literati." New History 20.4 (2009): 1-58. (The same version in Japanese was published in Studies in Urban Cultures 13 (2011): 81-104.)

9.      "Exploring the Biddings of Heaven: Wen Tianxiang’s Concept of Fate and Mantic Knowledge." in (Tentatively) The Place of Mantic Arts in the Organization of Knowledge (Brill, forthcoming).

10.  "From Knowledge to Practice: Zhen Dexiu’s Uses of Yijing." In Song History Association of Japan eds., Research Report of the Song History Association of Japan, the Tenth Volume, (forthcoming).


Edited Books

Women in China: Bibliography of Available English Language Materials (Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. 1996). Coeditor.


Research Projects

1.      "Way and Byway: Geomancy and Prognostication in Song China." Project sponsored by the Taiwan National Science Council (NSC), 1/8/2003-31/7/2004.

2.      "Deities, Gender, and Statues: Divine Worship and Society in Tang-Song China." Project sponsored by NSC, 1/8/2004-31/7/2006.

3.      "The Song Elite and the Learning of the Byway." Project sponsored by NSC, 1/8/2006-31/7/2008.

4.      "The Social Network between Song Confucian Literati and Men of Mantic Skills." Project sponsored by NSC, 1/8/2008-31/7/2010.

5.      "The Concept of Fate and Knowledge about Practical Arts of Wen Tianxiang." Project sponsored by NSC, 1/8/2010-31/7/2011.

6.      "Song Literati’s Knowledge and Self-Identification." Project sponsored by NSC, 1/8/2011-31/7/2013.

7.      "Friends of the Arts: Cultural Activities and Social Networks of the Literati during the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries." Integrated Research Project sponsored by NSC, 1/8/2012-31/7/2015 (co-principal investigator).

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