A Special Centenary Journey Trail:Epic Collections, Documentations, and Studies in China

CASS Library (2013: Exhibition) 

  A Special Centenary Journey Trail:

  Epic Collections, Documentations, and Studies in China 


October 17, 2012

For celebrating the forthcoming tenth anniversary of the 2003 Convention, the Preparatory Committee planned to set up a comprehensive exhibition entitled with “A Special Centenary Journey Trail: Epic Collections, Documentations, and Studies in China,” which will run between September 15 and November 15, 2013 at the Library of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS Library). The exhibition will be largely based upon the multiform outcomes from “Archives of China Ethnic Minorities’ Oral Traditions,” a long-term project (launched in1990) whose construction has been currently underway at the Institute of Ethnic Literature (IEL), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

The General goals for the Exhibition are: (1) to promote the mutual understanding of cultural diversity and creativity; (2) to strengthen international academic discourse on living epic traditions; (3) to facilitate a better data sharing in the domain of the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage; and (4) to enhance the internationalized network among epic professionals and institutions.

The main themes for displaying the Exhibition are: (1) Diversity, creativity, and sustainability of epic traditions in China; (2) Case Studies of epic singers and storytellers and their oral performances and traditional skills; (3)Reflections on methodologies for oral epic documentation and field studies; (4) Current challenges in mobilizing multilateral collaboration and interaction between epic-researchers, indigenous communities and research institutions.

The exhibition will cover books, journals, multi-media publications, and objects concerning epic studies in China (and beyond) during the past 10 decades, along with recorded live epic performance through fieldwork carried out by IEL epic researchers.

The Preparatory Committee has been collecting individual and collective monographs, edited volumes, translations, editions of traditional texts, reference works, pictorial books, DVD/VCD/CD format works, videotapes, and other materials to be displayed at the Exhibition. After the actual exhibition at the CASS Library, the virtual exhibition will be displayed both on the websites of China Ethnic Literature Network (www.iel.cass.cn) and on the website of China Wisdom CASS (http://www.sdccass.cn/ ) through digitized documentation.

The further information will be updated on the above-mentioned websites.

The Curator and Institutions:


Chao Gejin, Director and Senior Research Fellow of
Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS

Academic support:

The Oral Traditions Research Center, IEL of CASS

Website Architects:

Documentation and Information Center for Studies in China Ethnic Literature, IEL of CASS
China Wisdom CASS

Technical support:

Survey and Data Information Center, CASS


Yu, Lan
Exhibition Coordinator
Assistant Research Fellow
Oral Traditions Research Center (OTRC)
Institute of Ethnic Literature (IEL)
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
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Tel.: 0086-10-8519-5635 / Fax: 0086-10-6513-4585
Email to: yulan@cass.org.cn / cc.: otrc.iel@gmail.com
Website: http://iel.cass.cn/


 September 15 to November 15, 2013 | Beijing, China

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