Connie Cook, professor of Chinese and director of the Asian Studies Program, will spend six months in the history department at Beijing Normal University, one of China’s premiere institutions. She will collaborate with colleagues studying bamboo books recently discovered in 3rd and 4th century B.C. tombs. Her goal is to gain a better understanding of ancient rituals related to ancestor worship and to the training of youths who were heirs to thrones.
The award of the Fulbright Scholarship is timely, as Cook is writing a book titled Ancestors, Kings, and the Dao, which will examine the Confucian reconfiguration of rituals performed hundreds of years before Confucius’ birth. The information from the bamboo books will provide the post-Confucian fliter of the older forms of these rituals reflected on Zhou bronze inscriptions.
While in China, Cook expects to attend conferences on the texts, many of which will be published for the first time while she is in China.
“The Fulbright award gives me the chance to do research at the pulse of this field and to work with highly regarded Chinese scholars,” she says.
Cook has led Lehigh’s study abroad program to China in Shanghai since 2003. She’s also active in the Chinese Bridge Project