On 1-2 November, 32 top-notched scholars in the fields of pre-modern Chinese literature and Confucian classics presented their papers in the International Conference on Sinology and re-launch of the Lingnan Journal organised by Lingnan’s Department of Chinese on campus.
The two-day conference was the first of a series of high-profile international conferences planned in conjunction with the re-launch of the Lingnan Journal. Selected papers from this conference have been sent for peer review for possible publication in the inaugural issue of the new journal, scheduled to be published in June 2014.
Founded in 1929, the old Lingnan Journal ceased publication in 1952 when Lingnan University was closed in Guangzhou, China. Numerous important works by Chen Yinke, Rong Geng, Wu Mi, Yang Shuda, Wang Li and other preeminent 20th century scholars were published, effectively shaping the development of traditional Chinese learning in the first half of the 20th century. In re-launching the Lingnan Journal, the Department of Chinese aims to carry on the great scholarly traditions of the old Lingnanians and scale new heights in the 21st century. A publication project was also signed with Shanghai Classics Publishing House, one of the two most influential Chinese publishers in pre-modern Chinese studies, to maximise the circulation of the new Lingnan Journal.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the conference, President Leonard K Cheng said, “As a unique liberal arts institution in Hong Kong, Lingnan University aims to nurture our students with the best of Western and Chinese cultures, so that they can become responsible and capable global citizens. Our vibrant, far-sighted and reputable Chinese Department has an important role to play in helping Lingnan realise this grand vision.”
Prof Cai Zong-qi, Chair Professor of the Department of Chinese and the initiator of the journal project, believed the new Lingnan Journal would provide a unique platform for in-depth scholarly exchange between Asian and Western scholars. Prof Cai would work to establish the Lingnan Journal as a sister journal of the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (JCLC), a biannual English-language journal co-founded by him and Prof Yuan Xingpei of Peking University.