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ILCAA Joint Research Project

The Society in Dunhuang based on the studies of multilingual sources newly discovered

The Society in Dunhuang based on the studies of multilingual sources newly discovered

Keywords

  • Dunhuang Texts
  • Chinese
  • Old Tibetan
  • Xixia (Tangut)
  • Old Uigur
  • Mongolian
  • Multilingual Analysis
  • Buddhism
  • Temple Caves
  • Wall Inscription
  • Wall Paintings

Areas

  • China
  • Dunhuang
  • Gansu
  • Turfan
  • Xinjiang
  • Mongolia
  • Tibet
  • India
  • Central Asia

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2014–March, 2017

Dunhuang, which is now an oasis city belonging to the Gansu Province of modern China, was also the westernmost terminal of so-called China Proper. The society of Dunhuang was composed not only of the Chinese, but also of peoples of various linguistic origin, i.e. Indic, Iranian, Turkic, Mongolic, Tibetan, Tangut, etc.
This project compares textual analysis using multilingual materials discovered at the Dunhuang Caves and reconsiders the linguistic and cultural exchanges in the social history of Dunhuang. This research will concentrate mainly on unpublished texts in holding institutes in Europe and China, and on the wall inscriptions in the Dunhuang Caves.
The joint researchers will present papers on text materials in each language from linguistic, philological, and historical viewpoints. Furthermore, through discussion on each presentation, the researchers will obtain a comprehensive understanding on the multilingual sources from Dunhuang, as a step to understanding the integrated reconstruction of cultural exchange in the history of Dunhuang society.

Dai MATSUI, Project Coordinator (Osaka University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Dai MATSUI (Osaka University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Shintaro ARAKAWA

Joint Researchers

  • Akihiro SAKAJIRI
  • Atsushi IWAMOTO
  • Kazushi IWAO
  • Koichi KITSUDO
  • Meishi YAMAMOTO
  • Takatoshi AKAGI
  • Takayasu SATO
  • Yudong BAI

Outputs

Meetings

The 8th meeting Report (Japanese)(74KB)

  • Date/Time: 6 November 2016 (Sun.) 10:00–17:30
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “A Syro-Turkic Inscription of the Yulin Cave”
    Atsushi IWAMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rissho University)
    “Studies of illustrations of sovereign’s march in the Dunhuang wall paintings: A review”
    All members
    discussion for the products from this project
    All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2016year

The 7th meeting Report (Japanese)(100KB)

  • Date/Time: 4 June 2016 (Sat.) 14:00-17:30, 5 June 2016 (Sun.) 10:00-16:00
  • Venue: 2F Main Bld. (Let.Law.Econ.), Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University
  • 4 June
  • Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University) and Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Uigur Buddhist Pilgrims and Their Pilgrimages in Dunhuang”
    Meishi YAMAMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka International University)
    “Pilgrims in Dunhuang during Yuan Period: An analysis of Chinese Inscriptions”
    Takayasu SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Morioka University)
    “Research on Chinese wall inscriptions in the Mogao and Yulin Caves written in the Xixia period”
  • 5 June
  • Koichi KITSUDO(ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ryukoku University)
    “Fieldwork on the Brahmi Inscriptions from the Dunhuang Caves in 2015”
    All members
    discussion for the products from this project
    All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2016 year

The 6th meeting Report (Japanese)(107KB)

  • Date/Time: 21 March 2016 (Mon.) 14:00-17:30, 22 March 2016 (Tue.) 10:00-16:00
  • Venue: Large Conference Room. 2F Main Bld. (Let.Law.Econ.), Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University
  • 21 March
  • Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University) and Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    Takatoshi AKAGI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Shikoku Gakuin University)
    “Investigation Report on Donor Portraits in the Gui-yi-jun Period Yulin Caves”
    Akihiro SAKAJIRI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Yulin Cave and Regional Society as Seen in Chinese Inscriptions and Donor Portraits: From the Cases around the 10th Century”
    Atsushi IWAMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rissho University)
    “A Study on Former Owners of Dunhuang Manuscripts in the National Diet Library”
  • 22 March
  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Fieldwork on the Tangut inscriptions in Dunhuang, 2015.12”
    All members
    discussion for the products from this project
    All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2016 year

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)(98KB)

  • Date/Time: 11 July 2015 (Sat.) 14:00-17:30, 12 July 2015 (Sun.) 10:00-16:00
  • Venue: Room 301, ILCAA
  • 11 July
  • Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University) and Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University) , Yudong BAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University) , Koichi KITSUDO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ryukoku University) and Mehmet OLMEZ (ILCAA Visiting Professor)
    “Overall discussion on the text edition of Old Uigur inscriptions from the Hexi region”
  • 12 July
  • Kazushi IWAO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)
    “Various groups in Qinghai in the post Tibetan Imperial period”
    All members
    Discussion for the products from this project
    All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2015 year

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(105KB)

  • Date/Time: 2 May 2015 (Sat.) 13:30-18:00, 3 May 2015 (Sun.) 10:00-16:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • 2 May
  • Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University) and Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On the joint-research project”
    Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Uighur and Mongol wall inscriptions in the Dunhuang caves”
    Yudong BAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Preliminary Notes on the Uighur wall inscriptions in the White Pagoda in Huhhot”
    Koichi KITSUDO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ryukoku University)
    “Brahmi inscriptions in the Dunhuang caves”
    Commentators: Mehmet OLMEZ (ILCAA Visiting Professor), Hirotoshi OGIHARA (Kyoto University), Chao-jung CHING (Ryukoku University)
  • 3 May
  • Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Fieldwork on the Tangut inscriptions in Dunhuang, 2014.12”
    Commentators: Mehmet OLMEZ(ILCAA Visiting Professor), Hirotoshi OGIHARA (Kyoto University), Chao-jung CHING (Ryukoku University)
    All members
    Discussion for the products from this project
    All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2015 year

The 3rd meeting

  • International Workshop: Central Asian Documents Preserved in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences : program (English)
  • Date/Time: 24 March 2015 (Tue.) 13:30-17:30, 25 March 2015 (Wed.) 9:30-12:30
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Language: English
  • Organized by ILCAA and ILCAA Joint Research Project “The Society in Dunhuang based on the studies of multilingual sources newly discovered”
  • 24 March
  • Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University)
    Keynote Speech
    Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Linguistic Studies Based on the Tangut Materials in Russia”
    Kirill SOLONIN (Renmin University of China / St. Petersburg State University)
    “Studies on the Tangut Buddhist Documents from Tibetan”
    Kirill BOGDANOV (Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences)
    “Some Unidentified Tangut texts, from IOM, RAS Tangut Collection: Experience of understanding and interpretation”
    Takayasu SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Morioka University)
    “Studies of the Xixia Society Based on the Tangut Materials in Russia”
    All members
    Discussion
  • 25 March
  • Keiji ONISHI (Ryukoku University)
    “Tanguts and its ancestor -based on “The Sea of Meanings, Established by the Saints” ”
    Irina POPOVA (Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences)
    “Current work on the Central Asian Collections of the Institute of Oriental manuscripts RAS”
    All members
    Discussion

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(103KB)

  • Date/Time: 26 October 2014 (Sun.) 10:00-17:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University) and Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “On this joint-research project”
    Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University)
    “Old Uigur almanac divination fragments in IOM RAN”
    Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Report on International Conference on Inscription Studies”
    Takatoshi AKAGI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Investigation Report of the Hexi Corridor in 2014: The Territory of the Guiyijun Government in the 10th Century”
    Akihiro SAKAJIRI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “A Study on the Gui-yi-jun Regime of Dunhuang from the Images of Donor (1):About an Image of Donor in Cave 196.”
    Kazushi IWAO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)
    “Report on the investigation of the Old Tibetan Inscriptions (summer 2014)”
    All members
    Scheduling and discussion for 2014 year

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(169KB)

  • Date/Time: 12 April 2014 (Sat.) 13:30-18:00, 13 April 2014 (Sun.) 10:00-17:00
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA
  • 12 April
  • Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University) and Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Target of this joint-research project”
    Akihiro SAKAJIRI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Fieldwork in Dunhuang, 2010-13; Photographic source materials of the Pelliot collection housed at Musee Guimet”
    Shintaro ARAKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Linguistic remarks in the Tangut inscriptions”
    Dai MATSUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University)
    “Uighur and Mongol wall inscriptions in the Dunhuang caves”
  • 13 April
  • Takayasu SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Morioka College)
    “Fieldwork in Dunhuang, 2013 (on Tangut studies)”
    Takatoshi AKAGI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Dunhuang caves and Characteristic feature of the portraits of the Guiyijun rulers”
    Atsushi IWAMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rissho University)
    “Overview on the Chinese divination documents from Dunhuang”
    Kazushi IWAO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)
    “Photographic source materials of the Pelliot collection housed at Musee Guimet (on Tibetan studies)”
    Meishi YAMAMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka International University)
    “Dunhuang and Tibet under the Mongolian empire”
    Koichi KITSUDO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ryukoku University)
    “Overview on the old Uighur Buddhist documents from Dunhuang”
    Yudong BAI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Overview on the studies of Shazhou Uighur”
    All participants
    Scheduling and discussion for 2014 year

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