Geiss Foundation Sponsored Conferences

Geiss Foundation conducts and holds conferences on topics concerning the Ming dynasty. Jim Geiss organized one of the first major Ming conferences in the early 1980s at Princeton as part of preparations for compiling volumes 7 and 8 of the Cambridge History of China:  Ming Dynasty, Parts I and II.  Other scholarly conferences for linguistics, slides, and discussions were also conducted from the 1980s through the early 1990s.

Geiss Foundation hosted its first conference, Ming Court Culture, at Princeton University in 2003.  Papers discussed at this conference were published in 2008 in the volume, Culture, Courtiers, and Competition: The Ming Court (1368 – 1644).

The most recent conference Geiss Foundation helped to fund was British Museum’s three-day conference, Ming: courts and contacts 1400 – 1450, held in October 2014, and complemented the Museum’s exhibition, Ming – 50 years that changed China.   More than 30 leading Ming scholars from across the globe presented new perspectives and research papers regarding the fifty year period from 1400 to 1450.  The Ming dynasty started in 1368 and ended in 1644 but the first fifty years of the 15th century focused on the aftermath of Zhu Yuanzhang’s overthrow of the Mongol Yuan dynasty.  Papers examined the role of China’s imperial and provincial princely courts as well as China’s relations and exchanges with other parts of the world.