Michael Nylan F'10, G'10, F'03, F'82

Michael  Nylan
Professor
History
University of California, Berkeley

CCK New Perspectives in Chinese Culture & Society 2010
Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Chang'an 26 B.C.: Exploring the Ancient Chinese Capital of "Perpetual Peace"
University of California, Berkeley

ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships 2010
Professor
History
University of California, Berkeley
Chang’an 26 BCE, from Dreams to Drains
(with Griet Vankeerberghen, McGill University)

Chang’an, capital of the Western Han dynasty, was one of the two greatest cities of the classical era. This project is a richly textured and fully annotated micro-history of the capital region with a sharp focus on the reign of Emperor Cheng (r. 33-7 BC), which saw great changes taking place in the social, political, and religious realms as well as in the palaces where the first imperial libraries were being created. Propelled by wider, cross-cultural questions, this study will integrate information garnered from texts, artifacts, and archaeological sites to understand the role Chang’an played in the late Western Han imperial project and in the formation of the Chinese traditions and promote a sustained dialogue among classicists concerned with Hellenism and ancient Rome. Nylan and Vankeerberghen come to this project as specialists in Early China. Nylan has contributed essays to several books comparing classical civilizations; Vankeerberghen and another collaborator recently received funding from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for their research project “Ancient World Elites: Aristocratic Power in Antiquity.” The collaboration will result in a monograph, which will provide new readings for all major texts relating to late Western Han and include comparisons of Chang’an to its contemporary cultures, Rome and Alexandria. Other outcomes will include a sourcebook and a website (www.changan26BCE.com). Award period: June 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012

ACLS Fellowship Program 2003
Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Rethinking the Chinese past through the Wu family shrines

Mellon Program in Chinese Studies 1982
Princeton University
A study of Yang Hsiung's T'ai hsuan ching