Where to Prosper：Spatial Network Perspective on “Jiangnan Academic Community” of Qing-dynasty Confucianism
Abstract: In his book From Philosophy to Philology: Intellectual and Social Aspects of Change in Late Imperial China, Benjamin Alman argues that the phenomenon of “Philology” movement was likely confined to a limited “Jiangnan academic community” during the Qing dynasty. Based on an analysis of Qing-ju hsueh-an(《清儒学案》) and focusing on those scholars and their relationships, this study constructs spatial networks of academic exchanges among regions in the Qing Dynasty and a 2-mod network connecting the scholarship cases with their respective geographical origins. Through these networks, the analysis investigates the evolution of the “Jiangnan academic community” and its influence or interactions with other regions in the social space of the Qing Dynasty. This study consists of three main parts: Firstly, it traces the formation, development, and decline of the “Jiangnan academic community” through an examination of regional academic exchange networks. Secondly, it explores the alignment between schools of thought and geographical regions using the scholar-case-region bipartite network, thereby providing insights into the internal clustering factors within the “Jiangnan academic community”. Lastly, it investigates the diffusion and extension of the “Jiangnan academic community” by exploring the scholarly relationships between Jiangnan and non-Jiangnan regions.
- Shuyi FANG, Master student of Chinese Classics(Chinese Philology) , Renmin University of China
- Hao ZHU, Phd. student of East Asian Studies, Ghent University.
- Yuxin LIU, Undergraduate of Chinese history，Harbin Normal University.
- Liting WANG, Master student of History, Lomonosov Moscow State University.
- Yifei LI, Master student of Ancient Chinese History, Peking University.
- Xueying SHEN, PhD. student of Library Information and Archives Management，Nanjing University.