Building and Researching Chinese Libraries

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Building and Researching Chinese Libraries: Preservation, Digitisation, and Dissemination

Celebrating 420 Years of Chinese Books at the Bodleian Libraries

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 Thursday 6 June – Friday 7 June 2024

  At the Weston Library

  Free, booking required

Booking for this event is now closed.

About the event

Explore 420 years of Chinese scholarship featuring keynotes and panels on preservation, digitisation, and the future of Chinese collections.

This two-day conference opens with a compelling keynote by Prof. Wilt L. Idema, titled 'The Perfect Chinese Library: Some Thoughts of an Impatient User,' exploring the evolution and future of Chinese libraries.

Engage in specialised panels such as 'Innovations in Digitization and Preservation,' which delves into advanced techniques in digital humanities, and 'Curating and Digitizing Chinese Heritage: Global Perspectives,' featuring global experts discussing the challenges and strategies in maintaining and showcasing Chinese collections.

Additional panels will cover topics like the role of technology in conserving rare books and the impact of international collaborations on Chinese studies.

This conference is open to all.

Day 1 of the conference will be in English.

Day 2 of the conference will be in Mandarin.

Download the full programme  

Keynote speaker

Prof. Wilt L. Idema (Harvard University)


Prof. Tian Yuan Tan (University of Oxford)

Dr. NGUYEN To Lan (Institute of Philosophy at Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences)

Dr. Mamtimyn Sunuodula (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)

Dr. Peter Zhou 周欣平 (C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley)

Dr. SIM Chuin Peng (National University of Singapore)

Virginia Lladó-Buisán (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)

Prof. WANG Jia 王嘉 (Beijing Foreign Studies University)

Dr. SUI Jun 眭駿 (Fudan University)

Dr. YANG Guanghui 楊光辉 (Fudan University)

HUANG Chen 黄晨 (Zhejiang University)

Dr. Donald Sturgeon (Durham University)

Overview of conference panels and chairs

Panel 1: Innovations in the Digitisation and Preservation of Chinese Cultural Heritage 
Chair: Prof. Yang Yuliang

Panel 2: Curating and Digitising Chinese Heritage: Global Perspective on Special Collections 
Chair: Dr. Ming Tak Ted Hui 

Panel 3: Advancing and Preservation of Chinese Rare Books and Manuscripts 
Chair: Prof. Tian Yuan Tan 

Panel 4: Case studies and innovations in Chinese Library Practices 
Chair: Dr. Mamtimyn Sunuodula

 Booking information

This event takes place in person at the Weston Library. The event is free, and booking is required. Please book for each day separately.

Once you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.


Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


We extend our sincere thanks to the Chung Hon Dak Fund and the European Research Council (ERC) for their generous support. This conference is a collaborative effort between the East Asian Section of the Bodleian Libraries, sponsored by the Chung Hon Dak Fund, and the TEXTCOURT: Linking the Textual Worlds of Chinese Court Theater, ca. 1600-1800 project, which is funded by the ERC under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 819953).

Their invaluable support has made this enriching gathering possible, allowing us to delve into significant aspects of Chinese cultural heritage.

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