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2012
October
International conference on Qin dynasty to be held this weekend
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     To coincide with the exhibition "The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor", a two-day international conference will be held at the Hong Kong Museum of History this Saturday and Sunday (October 6 and 7). Sixteen experts and scholars from Hong Kong, the Mainland, Japan and the UK have been invited to participate in the conference.

     Running till November 26, the exhibition "The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor" features more than 120 cultural relics from the Qin dynasty, providing visitors not only with a fascinating glimpse of the Qin from its rise to its unification of China, but also with a closer look at the spectacular Terracotta Army, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. As of yesterday (October 4), about 250,000 visitors had visited the exhibition. Additionally, to complement the exhibition, the museum has organised a series of weekend talks on Qin history and culture, which have been well-received by the public.

     To further enhance public knowledge of the history and culture of the Qin, the museum has organised a two-day conference to be held this weekend. Sixteen experts and scholars will share their research on the history and culture of the Qin dynasty, the terracotta warriors and horses, and the preservation of the historical site and Qin cultural heritage.

     Details of the conference to be held on October 6:

(a) The Concept, Construction, Excavation and Preservation of the Xianyang Palace and the Epang Palace
Keynote speaker嚗Professor Liu Qingzhu (former Director, Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

(b) Xianyang, the Qin Capital, and the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang
Speaker嚗Professor Tsuruma Kazuyuki (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Gakushuin University)

(c) The First Emperor and His Reputation: An English Parallel
Speaker嚗Dr Frances Wood (Curator of Chinese Collections, The British Library)

(d) The Qin and the Horse
Speaker嚗Professor Wang Shiping (Researcher, Shaanxi History Museum)

(e) The Impact of Qin Culture on China's Dynasties
Professor Wang Zijin (Professor, School of Guoxue, Renmin University of China)

(f) Assimilation into Qin Territory: Changes in Lingnan Society from an Archaeological Perspective
Speaker嚗Professor Quan Hong (Curator, Museum of the Nan Yue Palace)

(g) "Xingli Chuhai": Notes on the texts of "Weili Zhiguan Ji Qianshou", the bamboo slips of Yuelu Academy
Speaker嚗Professor Lai Ming-chiu (Vice-chairman, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

     Details of the conference to be held on October 7:

(a) Features of the Qin Mausoleums and Their Evolution
Speaker嚗Professor Jiao Nanfeng (Researcher, Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology)

(b) A Preliminary Study on the Mausoleums of the Qin and Western Han Dynasties
Speaker嚗Mr Zhang Weixing (Researcher, Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum)

(c) A Study on the Design of the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang
Speaker嚗Professor Duan Qingbo (Deputy Director, School of Cultural Heritage, Northwest University, China)

(d) Structure of the Qin Military and the Regional Armies - The Terracotta Figures of Qin and the Regional Armies
Speaker嚗Professor Fujita Katsuhisa (Professor, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Law and Letters, Ehime University)

(e) Painted Bronze Chariots and the Imperial Procession in the Qin Dynasty
Speaker嚗Professor Wang Xueli (Researcher, Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology)

(f) From Qin to Han - The Making and Transformation of the Terracotta Warriors
Speaker嚗Dr Marianne Wong (Senior Tutor, Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong)

(g) Review of the Archaeological Work Conduced at the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang in the 20th Century
Speaker嚗Mr Sun Weigang (Assistant Researcher, Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology)

(h) Conservation of the Large-Scale Sites of Qin Culture
Speaker嚗Ms Susanna Siu (Chief Curator, Hong Kong Museum of History)

(i) Conservation and Researches on Qin Relics by Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum
Speaker嚗Professor Zhou Tie (Chief Engineer, Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum)

     Programmes are subject to change and without prior notice.

     Conducted in Cantonese, Putonghua and English with simultaneous interpretation, the conference will be held at the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Museum of History. Admission is free. Seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the conference is organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History with the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust as the sole sponsor. For details of the conference, please visit the "The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor" exhibition webpage at http://firstemperor.lcsd.gov.hk/en/conference.php or call 2724 9026.

     The Hong Kong Museum of History is located at 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Ends/Friday, October 5, 2012
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