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Prince Gao’s Occupation of Annan and the Rise of Regional Autonomy under the Late Tang
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4th Jao Tsung-I Lecture in Chinese Culture --
Prince Gao’s Occupation of Annan and the Rise of Regional Autonomy under the Late Tang

Speaker:Prof. Franciscus Verellen
Date: May 9, 2015(Saturday)
Time: 14:30-17:00
Venue: Kwan Fong Lecture Theatre, HKU (Room 223, 2/F, Knowles Building)
Enquiry: 39175809

Gao Pian 高駢(822-887AD), the architect of the medieval citadel of Hanoi and of large-scale defensive and communication works in several frontier regions of China, is a towering figure in the military, political, and intellectual history of both countries. A charismatic governor and commander, inclined to the occult arts of strategy, he was a man of wide learning and curiosity, with a strong attraction to Daoism, as well as a talented poet. In turn reviled and revered, for his pivotal roles in hastening both the end of the Tang and the emergence of Vietnam, Gao Pian became the object of local cults in his own lifetime. The presence of prominent literati on his staff contributed to this renown.At the end of his career, Gao laid the foundations of an independent kingdom in Huainan under the Five Dynasties culmination of regional autonomy in post-An Lushan China.

Prof. Franciscus Verellen is chair professor in the History of Daoism at the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient (EFEO) and head of the EFEO Hong Kong Centre. A member of the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres and former director of the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient (2004-2014), Franciscus Verellen has taught at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, at Columbia and Princeton Universities, UC Berkeley and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He has published widely on religion and regional culture in China, including The Taoist canon (3 volumes, Chicago 2004, edited with Kristofer Schipper). He is a senior research fellow and member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies (CUHK), an honorary research fellow in the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole (HKU), and a member of the Expert Advisory Group "Horizon 2020" to the European Commission.

Jao Tsung-I Lecture is organized by Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, HKU and funded by Jao Tsung-I Foundation Ltd., the Jao Tsung-I Lecture is established in honor of Prof. Jao Tsung-I, the world-renowned sinologist, to enhance scholarly and cultural exchange and academic excellence. The Lecture shall invite distinguished scholar in the field of Chinese culture, to share with the local academic community their elite insight of the art.

第四屆饒宗頤講座 — 「高王」鎮安南及唐末藩鎮割據之興起

內容摘要: 高駢(822-887AD)不單是中古時期河內(交趾)要塞的建造者,亦於唐代邊境地區建立了大規模防禦及交通建設,是中越兩地於軍事、政治、思想史上傑出的人物。他一方面是具有感召力的軍事、政治領袖;同時好學而好奇,對道教尤其耽味,好玄秘之術;另一方面更是有才情的詩人。高駢在加速唐朝滅亡和越南自主政權的建立中,均擔任關鍵的角色,這使後世對高駢的評價褒貶並存;甚至在生時已被奉為神明。另高駢於其幕府內亦網羅了一些卓越的文人,這亦有助提升其名望。高駢晚年於淮南割據一方;後來唐亡而五代興 ─ 這亦正是自安史之亂以後藩鎮割據局面的頂峰。



Date/Time09/05/2015 14:30-17:00
VenueKwan Fong Lecture Theatre, HKU (Room 223, 2/F, Knowles Building)

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