Top Scholars from Peking University on EdUHK Campus
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Faculty of Humanities (FHM) has launched a visiting professor scheme, bringing together eminent academics in the field to foster scholarly exchange and create intellectual and pedagogical synergy.
Under FHM’s ‘Chinese History Education Scheme’, Professor Sun Hua and Professor Chen Suzhen were appointed as the first batch of Visiting Professors. During their six-month stay at EdUHK, they will give public lectures covering a wide range of topics, including archaeology, Chinese thought and history, and ancient civilisations.
Professor Sun is a prominent scholar in the archaeological study of Sanxingdui, an ancient site in Sichuan which is well-known for the substantial number of artefacts unearthed and is believed to be closely associated with the origins of Chinese civilisation. Professor Sun has also championed the application of information technology in the preservation of Chinese cultural heritage.
Professor Chen specialises in the history of ancient politics, institutions and ideology in the Han dynasty and the subsequent Wei, Jin and Northern and Southern dynasties (i.e. 202 BCE – 589 AD). His in-depth analysis of the causes of underlying historical events has provided a novel perspective in this area of study.
Vice President (Academic) and Provost Professor John Lee Chi-kin welcomed the arrival of the two prominent professors. “Grounded in the ‘Education-plus’ approach, we strive to create a cross-disciplinary academic environment for the benefit of prospective teachers and professionals, to give them a broad base of knowledge,” he said.
Dean of FHM Professor John Nguyet Erni said, “The Faculty has promoted the pursuit of academic excellence and cultural awareness by exposing students to a wide array of humanities disciplines. I hope students will take this invaluable opportunity to learn from these two distinguished scholars, to broaden their perspective of history and enlighten their minds.”
Professor Erni revealed that the Faculty will be developing two new strategic areas, namely digital humanities and comparative cultures of care. He anticipated that FHM has a critical role to play in the areas of education, culture, environment and history, both locally and internationally, as well as in the Greater Bay Area.