Dr. Ori Sela

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Dr. Ori Sela
Phone: 03-6409424
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ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2017 (Feb.)- Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Department of East Asian Studies, Tel-Aviv University.

2017-2018 Member, The Young Scholars Forum in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

2011-2017 Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Department of East Asian Studies, Tel-Aviv University.

2015, 2016  (Summer) Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

2013-2015 Director, Confucius Institute at Tel Aviv University

2011  (Summer) Visiting Scholar, National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai.

2009-2011 Junior Lecturer, Department of East Asian Studies, Tel-Aviv University.

EDUCATION

2011   Ph.D., East Asian Studies, Princeton University.

Dissertation title: "Qian Daxin (1728-1804): Knowledge, Identity, and Reception History in China, 1750-1930" (Advisor: Professor Benjamin A. Elman).

2004   M.A., Summa cum laude, School of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Program in Religious Studies, Tel-Aviv University.

Thesis title: "The Notion of Fate in the Guodian Confucian Texts: Its Origins and Transformations From the Late Shang to the Mid Warring States Period" (Advisor: Professor Yoav Ariel).

2000    B.A., Summa cum laude, Tel-Aviv University.

SELECTED INVITED TALKS, MAJOR CONFERENCES, AND WORKSHOPS

2017:
“Philology as Scientia Scientiarium in Eighteenth-Century China,” paper presented at: “The Making of the Humanities Conference VI,” University of Oxford.

“Asian Spaces: Border-Crossing Dialogues,” Conference organizer, Tel Aviv University.

“Rethinking Time in Modern China,” Conference organizer, Tel Aviv University.

“Imagined Space, Imagined Civilization: Identity, Nation, and History in Asia (nineteenth to early twentieth c.),” paper presented at: “Asian Spaces: Border-Crossing Dialogues,” Tel Aviv University.

“The Textual Time-Machine: Truth, Facts, and the Shuowen, 1770-1932,” paper presented at: “Rethinking Time in Modern China,” Tel Aviv University

2016:

“The Textual Nature of Nature: Astronomical Debates in Eighteenth Century China,” paper presented at: Department III Colloquium, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

"Modern Journalism and Nation State Building in China at the turn of the 20th Century," paper presented at: "Networking China and the World, International Conference," Tel Aviv University

"Business and Geopolitics: Round Table, The Historical Dimension," paper presented at: "China and Israel: Recalculating the Geopolitical and Business Course?," Tel Aviv University

“Living History in Modern China,” paper presented at “China and Israel: Recalculating the Geopolitical and Business Course?,” Tel Aviv University

"Sino-Israeli Relations: Implications for China, Israel, and the U.S. from Historical Perspective," paper presented at American Friends of TAU Special Meeting, Chicago (invited talk)

2015:

"The Communal Search for Truth in Concrete Facts: Philology as a Social Phenomenon in Eighteenth Century China and Beyond," paper presented at: “New Directions in the Cultural and Intellectual History of China,” NYU and Columbia University, New York

“Challenging the Orientation of the Comparison: China-India Comparative History,” paper presented at: “Comparative Studies in the 21st Century – Prospects and Pitfalls,” The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Jerusalem

“Texts and Cosmos: Astronomy and its Rationale in Qing China,” (also panel organizer: “Understanding the World: Science and Technology in Early Modern Asia”), paper presented at: “Science and Technology Transfer in Pre-Modern Asia,” Hebrew University, Jerusalem

2014:

“'Ancient Learning' for the Early-Modern Age," paper presented at: "The 12th Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel 2014," Haifa University

"From Living Tradition to Objectified History: The Dialectics of Museumization," paper presented at: AAS Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (also panel organizer: "A New and Useful Past: Framing Chinese History with Modern Tools")

"Chinese New Year and the History of the Chinese Calendar," paper presented at: The Chinese New Year Celebration, Tel Aviv University

"Humaneness and Rightness: Law and Morality in Modern China," keynote lecture at the Law School Graduation Ceremony, Tel Aviv University (invited talk, Hebrew)

2013:

"The Textual Nature of Nature: Astronomical Debates in Eighteenth-Century China," paper presented at: "Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China," Heidelberg University (invited talk)

"Reading as a Communal Practice (of Writing): Evidential Research Reading-Notes, Letters, and Paratext in the Eighteenth Century," paper presented at: “Reading, Textual Production, and Literati Culture in Late Imperial China,” The Pennsylvania State University (invited talk)

"The 2012 Nobel Literature Prize: Mo Yan," paper presented at: "2012 Nobel Prizes," Open University Symposium, Raanana (invited talk)

2012:

"Who is a 'Chinese'? The Challenge of Creating and Defining the Chinese Nation during the Ongoing Transition from Empire to Nation-State," paper presented at: "The Rise of Contemporary China: Domestic and Foreign Challenges in Historical Perspective, International Symposium in Honor of Prof. Yitzhak Shichor," University of Haifa, Haifa (invited talk)

"Past in the Present: Chinese History in Current Modernization Processes," Guest Lecture at the Faculty of Management Doctoral Students Meeting, Tel Aviv University (invited talk)

“Imagined Civilization: Forging National Identity in Turn of the Twentieth-Century China,” paper presented at: “The 4th German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium 2012” (Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), Potsdam (invited talk)

"From Qing to China: Rethinking the Interplay of Tradition and Modernity, 1860-1949," conference organizer, Tel Aviv University

"To Feel at Home in the Modern World: Turn of the Twentieth-Century Chinese Historiography and Qing (1644-1911) Intellectual History," paper presented at: "From Qing to China," Tel Aviv University

"The 11th Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel 2012," conference co-organizer, Tel Aviv University

"Ritual, Philology, and Governance: Reordering Canon and State in the Qing," paper presented at: "The 11th Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel 2012," Tel Aviv University (also panel organizer: "Canon, Governance, and Society – Chinese Perspectives")

"Gu Yanwu's Ideas on Rulership and their Nineteenth-Century Reception," paper presented at: "Ideology of Power and Power of Ideology in Early China," The Hebrew University (invited talk)

"'Not to Err': Qian Daxin and the Philological Zeitgeist of the Mid-Qing," paper presented at: "Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China," Heidelberg University (invited talk)

"Dai Zhen and Itō Jinsai: The Plagiarism Debate Contextualized," paper presented at: AAS Annual Meeting, Toronto

"'Han Learning': A History of the Uses (and Abuses) of the Term during the Qing," paper presented at: "International Symposium on Modern China Studies, High Qing through Contemporary China," York University (invited talk)

2011:

"Changing Orientations: Perceptions of the Nexus between Knowledge and Antiquity in China, 1607-1930," paper presented at: "Golden Ages: Universal Histories and the Origins of Science," Columbia University (invited talk)

"Re-ordering the Nation’s Past: New Categories in the Service of China’s New History,” paper presented at: "China past and Present: The Influence of History from Empire to Republic," NYU (invited talk)

"How did Philosophy become Chinese? The Travels of a Category of Knowledge from Europe to Asia," paper presented at: A lecture-cum-seminar at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context," Heidelberg University (invited talk and seminar)

"Rethinking the History of Han Learning in the Qing Period," paper presented at: National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies Lecture Series, Fudan University, Shanghai (invited talk)

2010:

“Philosophy’s Ascendancy: The Genealogy of Tetsugaku/Zhexue in Japan and China, 1870-1930,” paper presented at: AAS Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (also panel co-organizer: “Historicizing ‘Philosophy’: Transmission, Reception, and Uses of a Borrowed Category of Thought in China”)

2009:

“Multiple Antiquities: Mid-Qing Philology, History, and Classicism,” presented at: AAS Annual Meeting, Chicago (also panel organizer: “Philology in East Asia, 1600-1800: Shaping and Altering Identities and Boundaries”)  

“Why Did Philosophy Matter: The Genealogy of Tetsugaku/Zhexue in Japan and China, 1870-1930,” paper presented at: Fudan University, History Department Colloquium, Shanghai (invited talk).

2008:

“The Crisis of Modernity in 20th-Century Chinese Historiography: Dai Zhen’s (1724-77) Posthumous Triumph over Qian Daxin (1728-1804),” paper presented at: "Traditional Scholarship and Asian National Modernity Conference," Indiana University, Bloomington (invited talk)

“Knowledge and Identity in the Writings of Qian Daxin,” paper presented at: History Department Colloquium, Fudan University, Shanghai (invited talk).

“The Scientific Identity of the ‘True Confucians’ (zhenru): Qian Daxin (1728-1804) and the Question of Western Learning,” paper presented at: The 12th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia (ICHSEA), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

“Mathematics and Astronomy in Eighteenth-Century China: Which Science? Whose Science? Why Science?,” paper presented at:  The 7th Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (also panel organizer: “Between Integration and Separation: Changing Scientific Traditions in East Asia”).

2007:

“Is the Laozi a Daoist Text? Exploring the Notion of School Affiliation through Qing Period Commentaries,” paper presented at: AAS Annual Meeting, Boston.

2006:

“The Merciless and the Repenter: Comparing the First Emperors in China and India and the Epistemology of the Formation of Empires,” paper presented at: AAS Annual Meeting, San Francisco.

“’Eliminate Knowledge and there will be no Worries’: Laozi Commentaries in the Ming and Qing Periods,” paper presented at: The 5th Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv.

2005:

“Are Desires ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’? The Nexus between Desires and Human Nature in the Warring States Period,” paper presented at: The 4h Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (also panel organizer: “What to Want? Desires in Chinese Philosophy”).

2004:

“The Duke of Zhou: Confucius’ Dreams Hero,” paper presented at: The 3rd Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, University of Haifa, Haifa.

2003:

“The Significance of the Notion of Fate in the Xing Zi Ming Chu,” paper presented at: The 2nd Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv.

Publications

BOOK:

China's Philological Turn: Scholars, Textualism, and the Dao in the Eighteenth Century, forthcoming with Columbia University Press (Weatherhead East Asian Institute of Columbia University Series)

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS:

"From Theology's Handmaid to the Science of Sciences: Western Philosophy's Transformations on Its Way to China," Transcultural Studies (Dec., 2013): 7-44.

"Through the Prism of a Plagiarism Debate: Eighteenth through Twentieth-Century Sino-Japanese Intellectual Relations," Journal of the History of Ideas, 74.4 (Oct., 2013): 577-97.

“Confucian Scientific Identity: Qian Daxin’s (1728-1804) Ambivalence toward Western Learning and Its Adherents,”  East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal 6.2 (2012): 147-66.

“The Communal Search For Truth In Concrete Facts: The Social Infrastructure of Philology in Eighteenth-Century China,” The Chinese Historical Review 24.1 (Mar., 2017): 41-57.

“'To Feel at Home in the Wonderful World of Modern Science': New Chinese Historiography and Qing Intellectual History,” Science in Context 30.3 (2017):           325-358.

“Paving the Way from Qing to China,” Science in Context 30.3 (2017): 213-217.

Edited Special Issue:

"From Qing to China: Knowledge Systems in Transformation," Science in Context 30.3 (2017).

OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

"Qingdai Hanxueshi zai sikao" 清代漢學史再思考 ("Rethinking the History of Han Learning in the Qing Period"), Wenshi yanjiuyuan xueshu tongxun, Fudan Daxue 2 (2011).

Review of Richard J. Smith, Mapping Meaning and Managing the World: Culture, Cartography and Cosmology in Late Imperial Times. London and New York: Routledge, 2013. Forthcoming in Journal of Chinese Religions.

Review of Li Huaiyin, Reinventing Modern China: Imagination and Authenticity in Chinese Historical Writing. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2013. Frontiers of History in China 9.1 (2014): 153-56.

Review of Joanna Handlin Smith, The Art of Doing Good: Charity in Late Ming China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. Journal of Asian History  44.1 (2010): 83-84.

Review of David M. Robinson, ed., Culture, Courtiers, and Competition: The Ming Court (1368-1644). Harvard East Asian Monographs 301. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2008. Journal of Asian History  44.1 (2010): 81-82.

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