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Medieval Faculty Colloquium: “Oath and Law: Legal Language in Early Imperial and Medieval China”

Trenton W. Wilson, East Asian Studies

February 21, 2023 · 12:00 pm1:20 pm · 397 Julis Romo Rabinowitz

Program in Medieval Studies

The Program in Medieval Studies is pleased to offer the Faculty Colloquium series for Spring 2023. Trenton W. Wilson (East Asian Studies) will present our first lunchtime talk of the semester on Tuesday, February 21.

In this presentation, Wilson will examine the language of interdiction in early Chinese law “codes” with an eye to the persistence of oath language—and its eventual disappearance. Oath language, he argues, provided a template for articulating how laws bind, the relationship between emperor and subject, and cultural practices for disseminating law throughout the empire. This will be presented as a work in progress, criticisms, readings suggestions, and comparative perspectives are welcome.

Please RSVP for this event here.

Book exhibit in the history reading room

Alain St. Pierre and the Princeton University Library invite the Medieval Studies community to the History reading room in Firestone Library (Floor A: turn left out of the main staircase) on colloquium days to view recently acquired titles in all subject areas of Medieval Studies. The books will be on display from Monday (February 20) through Wednesday (February 22). Come browse!

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