Prof. Dr. Hsien-huei Liao

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Ulrich-Schalk-Str. 3a
91056 Erlangen

Chinese personal name: 廖咸惠

Home Institution: Institute of History, National Tsing Hua University

IKGF Visiting Fellow Feb. - July 2010

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

Concepts of Fate and the Organization of Mantic Knowledge among the Song Dynasty Elite

Curriculum Vitae


Research fellow at the IKGF
Associate Professor, Dept. of History, National Chi Nan University


Ph.D., Dept. of History, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, 2001


Visiting Appointments

Research Associate, EALC, Harvard University, USA, 2001-2002
Dissertation Research, Kyoto University, Japan, 1994-1995


Distinguished Research Awards, National Chi Nan University, 2009
Research Awards, National Chi Nan University, 2005, 2006
Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996-1997
Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, ACLS/CCK Foundation, 1994-1995

Research interests

Socio-cultural history of Song
Chinese popular religion
Literati culture


Articles & Book Chapters

"The Transformation of the Cult of Houtu during the Tang-Song Era: The Cult of Yangzhou Houtu." Chinese Studies 14.2 (1996): 103-134
"Visualizing the Afterlife: The Song Elite's Obsession with Death, the Underworld, and Salvation." Chinese Studies 20.1 (2002): 399-440
"Praying for A Revelation: The Mental Universe of the Song Examination Candidates." New History 15.4 (2004): 41-92
"Exploring Weal and Woe: The Song Elite's Mantic Beliefs and Practices." T'oung Pao 91. 4-5 (2005): 347-395
"Encountering Evil: Ghosts and Demonic Forces in the Lives of the Song Elite." Journal of Song Yuan Studies 37 (2007): 89-134. (A slightly different version in Japanese was published in Osaka City University Asian History, Special Feature, 2007, pp. 47-81)
"Geomancy and Burial: The Social Status of the Song Geomancers." Studies in Urban Cultures 10 (2008): 96-115
"Popular Religion and the Religious Beliefs of the Song Elite: Themes and Reappraisal." In National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University ed. Where is the "Folk Society?"and on Whose "Belief?" (Beijing: Zhonghua Book Company, 2009), 57-77
"Experiencing the 'Lesser Arts': The Mantic Arts and Experts in the Lives of Song Literati." New History 20.4 (2009): 1-58

Edited Books

Women in China: Bibliography of Available English Language Materials (Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. 1996). Coeditor


Research Projects

"Way and Byway: Geomancy and Prognostication in Song China." Project sponsored by the Taiwan National Science Council (NSC), 1/8/2003-31/7/2004
"Deities, Gender, and Statues: Divine Worship and Society in Tang-Song China." Project sponsored by NSC, 1/8/2004-31/7/2006
"The Song Elite and the Learning of the Byway." Project sponsored by NSC, 1/8/2006-31/7/2008
"The Social Network between Song Confucian Literati and Men of Mantic Skills." Project sponsored by NSC, 1/8/2008-31/7/2010