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Griet Vankeerberghen

Associate Professor
Degree(s) and Education: 

PhD (Princeton)

Leacock, Rm 619
Office Hours: 
Fall 2014: Thursday: 15:00 - 16:00 p.m.
Mailing Address: 

Leacock, Rm 619
Department of History 855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

514-398-4400 ext.09338
Email Address: 
griet [dot] vankeerberghen [at] mcgill [dot] ca


Professional Biography: 

I teach a wide range of courses dealing with Chinese and East Asian History, both traditional and modern. In my classes students actively work with primary documents, but also gain familiarity with the rich historiographical traditions surrounding each topic. As such they will discover how Chinese traditions influence modern society, and how modern developments color our views of the Chinese past. In my own research I am especially captivated by how ideas and ideals—as they are laid down in a vast repository of texts—interact with historical reality. In my first book I studied how the Huainanzi, a text offered to the Chinese emperor by the king of Huainan in 139 B.C., not only sealed the fate of its sponsor, but also led the centralizing empire to monopolize notions of good and evil. In a current project I analyze how during the Han dynasty period (206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.) people reconciled the various inherited values surrounding the family with the changed reality of the Chinese empire.

Courses Taught: 


Graduate Supervision: 

Early Chinese Intellectual History.