Second Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities

Leiden University

September 14, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Scholars working on all aspects of Chinese society during the period between roughly the eighth and the sixteenth centuries will come together to present and discuss new research. This is the second in a series of innovative conferences in the Chinese humanities in which papers are first submitted and commented on online before being discussed in several sessions dedicated to different dimensions of the papers during the conference. The first conference of this kind was held at Harvard University in 2014 and attended by over 200 students and researchers.



Reports and next Middle Period Conference

Reports about the 2017 MPC are available, and the 2020 MPC is being planned  
Posted: 2017-12-04 More...

Door opening time tomorrow morning


Dear all,

We are sorry for having to have many of you stand in the rain this morning, waiting for the Lipsius door to be opened.

The Lipsius Building is usually open at 9am on Saturday. We had made a special request to have it opened for us at 8:30. It turned out that request was not commuicated with the staff members on duty this morning. Our apologies for those of you who had a shorter session.

For tomorrow morning, we have made sure that the doors at Lipsius and KOG will be open at 8:15, so that the workshops can start at 8:30.

We hope you are enjoying the conference and will enjoy the rest of your stay here.

The organizing team

Posted: 2017-09-16

MPC Last update


Dear participants,

We are writing with a final update on the Second Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities.

1) Directions

Leiden can be easily reached by train (Leiden Centraal Station) from Schiphol Airport or Amsterdam Centraal Station. For local train times and fares, visit

Below please find a map showing the venues of all conference activities.

The central conference location is the Lipsius building, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden. Note that on Friday, coffee break and lunch take place in the adjacentArsenaal building.

All other events, such as workshops and tours, take place within walking distance. Maps and further instructions have already been sent out to those of you who registered to attend.

A special note on the reception on Friday afternoon 17:30-19:00: This event takes place at Leiden City Hall, Stadhuisplein 1, 2311 EJ Leiden. The entry for MPC participants is on Breestraat (the formal entrance with large stone stairs opposite Van Stockum Bookshop, Breestraat 113, 2311 CL Leiden). We are told there is a grand piano in the reception hall and you are all welcome to play it.

2) Registration

During the first two days of the conference, we will be providing every participant with a bag containing your name tag, a program flyer, your personal wifi code/guest account as well as a small gift from Leiden Asia Year. Please come to the registration table to pick up your bag from 12:30-4pm on Thursday and 8am-2pm on Friday.

On Thursday from 12:30, you can find the registration table in Lipsius 011, where the Opening Plenary Session takes place. After the opening session finishes at about 2pm, the registration table will be moved to the Arsenaal building nearby. Given the Queen’s presence on campus and all the activities going on related to the opening of the Asian Library, please expect crowds within and around the Lipsius building.

On Friday, the registration table will be in the lobby of the Lipsius building.

3) Program

The latest version of the full program can be found here:

During registration, we will distribute a program flyer with basic information, like the time and venue for each panel session. Should you need to consult the paper titles in each session, please refer to the full program.

4) Local weather

According to the latest weather forecast, the temperature in Leiden will be about 16-18°C at the end of next week. We expect cloudy days and rain. We are sorry to inform you that you seem to have missed the one day of Dutch summer this year.

5) Tweeting

If you want to tweet about the conference, the hashtag is: #MPCH17

The Dutch emergency number is 112 – most likely you will not need it.

Safe travels and see you soon!

The organizing team

Posted: 2017-09-11 More...

Notifications management


If you are receiving emails for every announcement we make but do not like it, you can turn it off:

Go to "Notifications" on the right, click "manage" and un-check all boxes that says "Send an email for these types of notifications".

Posted: 2017-09-03

Leiden Night of Arts and Sciences

Sept. 16 is the annual Leiden Night of Arts and Sciences. Leiden is sometimes said to be "sleepy", but during this festival of South-Holland, the historical Leiden city changes into one big stage, with music, theatric plays, lectures, dancing performances, films, cabaret and other events going on till midnight. This year many activities will be Asia-featured.
Posted: 2017-09-02

Online Commenting

If you haven't fulfilled your commenting duty yet, we urge you to submit your comments to your assigned papers as soon as possible.  
Posted: 2017-09-02

Grand Opening of the Asian Library

All participants are invited to join the opening ceremony of the Asian Library.  
Posted: 2017-08-31 More...

Full program released

A group message was sent to all participants on August 4, accouncing the full program and other important conference matters. If you didn't receive this email from MPC, please get in touch.  
Posted: 2017-08-08

Conference Schedule

The conference starts at 13:30 on the 14th and ends at 12:00 on the 17th. A detailed schedule will be released in early August.
Posted: 2017-07-30

Film Screening


On the evening of September 15th, everyone is invited to watch the documentary on Leiden sinologist Robert Van Gulik 高羅佩 and interact with the director, Rob Rombout.

Posted: 2017-01-24 More...
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