Dr. Jane M. Geaney
Professor of Religious Studies
Profile
Grants and Fellowships

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship (Summer 2012).

American Council of Learned Societies (2004–2005).

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (2004–2005).

University of Richmond Research, Teaching and Civic Engagement Grants

Presentations

Invited Lectures

“The Prehistory of a Metalinguistic Term: Implicit Assumptions about Yì 義 in Early Chinese Texts.” Invited paper presented at “Philosophy of the Past: Early Chinese Philosophy in Context,” Graduate Workshop, Princeton University, February 2014, Princeton NJ.

“Embodied Language and Early Chinese Texts.” Invited paper presented at the Center for East Asian Languages and Civilizations’ 15th Annual Herlee Creel Workshop, University of Chicago, May 2009, Chicago, IL.

“Grounding ‘Language’ in the Senses: What the Eyes and Ears Reveal about Ming 名 in Early Chinese Texts.” Invited paper presented at Harvard University China Humanities (Humanities Center) Seminar, February 2007, Cambridge, MA.

“Above and Below, Within and Without, Far and Near: The Rhetoric of Circumscription in Early Chinese Texts.” Invited paper presented at the “Conference on Chinese Rhetoric,” University of Pennsylvania, May 2004, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Conference Papers

“A Language Crisis? Early Chinese Metalinguistic Terms from a Comparative Perspective.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association: Eastern Division, December 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

“Zheng Xuan’s Ming名(Names): The Paradox of Claiming that Ming Formerly Referred to Writing.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association: Eastern Division, December 2006, Washington, D.C.

Confucianism and Law. Respondent for a panel at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2005, Philadelphia, PA.

 “The Gendered Feature of Parental Love in Early Confucian Philosophy.” Paper presented at the “Conference on Love—East and West,” Academie du Midi, June 2004, Alet-les-Bains, France.

“‘Aspect-Perception’ in Early Chinese Thought.” Paper presented at the “Conference on Perception of Bodily Sensation and Emotions in South and East Asian Cultures,” May 2004, Venice, Italy.

 “Shame and its Metaphors in Early Confucian Ethics.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2003, Atlanta, GA.

“Shame and Leaky Boundaries in Early Confucian Texts.” Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic regional meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, October 2003, Washington D.C.

Translation of the Zhongyong. Respondent for a panel at the “David Hall Memorial Conference,” May 2003, San Antonio, Texas.

“The Feminine and Beastly Nature of Filial Feeding.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Asian Studies Association, March 2003, New York, NY.

“‘Home-Schooling’ as a Contested Concept in Early Confucianism.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2002, Toronto.

“Shame and Sensory Excess in Early Chinese Philosophy.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association: Pacific Division, March 2001, San Francisco, CA.

Responses to Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization. Panel discussant at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2000, Nashville, TN.

“The Sensory Experience of Writing in Early Chinese Philosophical Texts.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, March 2000, San Diego, CA.

“Shame and Sensory Excess in Early Chinese Philosophy.” Paper presented at the Meeting of the East-West Philosophers Conference, January 2000, Honolulu, HI.

“Audible and Visible Body in the Xunzi.” Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, March 1999, Boston, MA.

“Mencian Hermeneutics.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 1998, Orlando, FL.

“The Mind/Body Problem and Sense Discrimination in Ancient Chinese Thought.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, April 1997, Chicago, IL.

“Sense Discrimination in Classical China.” Organizer for a panel at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, April 1997, Chicago, IL.

“Language and Reality in Ancient China.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 1996, New Orleans, LA.

“Mind, Body, and Language in the Mencius.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 1995, Philadelphia, PA.

Publications
Books

The Emergence of Word-Meaning in Early China: A Chinese Grammatology. Under contract at SUNY Press Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture, ed. Roger T. Ames.

Language as Bodily Practice in Early China: A Chinese Grammatology. Under contract at SUNY Press Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture, ed. Roger T. Ames.

On the Epistemology of the Senses in Early Chinese Thought. Monograph Series in Asian and Comparative Philosophy, no. 19. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2002.

Articles
"Binaries in Early Chinese Texts: Locating Entities on Continuums.” International Communication of Chinese Culture (2016) DOI 10.1007/s40636-015-0046-6
“Five Questions.” In History of Logic in China: 5 Questions, eds. Jeremy Seligman and Liu Fenrong, 157–63. London: Automatic Press/ VIP, VINCE INC, 2015.

“What is Ming 名?” in Dao: A Companion to Chinese Philosophy of Logic, edited by Yiu-ming Fung. New York: Springer (forthcoming).

Self as Container? Metaphors We Lose By in Understanding Early China.” Antiquorum Philosophia 5 (2011): 11–30.

The Sounds of Zhèngmíng (正名): Setting Names Straight in Early Chinese Texts.” In Ethics in Early China: An Anthology, edited by Chris Fraser, Dan Robins, and Timothy O’Leary, 107–118. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011.

The Gendered Feature of Parental Love in Early Confucian Philosophy.” In Philosophieren über die Liebe. Love in Eastern and Western Philosophies, ed. Hans-Georg Moeller and Gunter Wohlfart, 99–113. Berlin: Parerga, 2007.

The Limits of the Senses in the Zhongyong.” In Metaphilosophy and Chinese Thought: Interpreting David Hall, ed. Ewing Chinn and Henry Rosemont Jr., 149–65. New York: Global Scholarly Publications, 2005.

Guarding Moral Boundaries: Shame in Early Confucianism.Philosophy East and West 54 (2004): 113–42. Translated as “Scham und Übertretung leiblicher Grenzen im frühen Konfuzianismus.” Trans. Marc Hermann et al. minima sinica 2 (2001): 21–37.

“Mencius’ Hermeneutics.” Journal of Chinese Philosophy 27 (2000): 93–100.

“Chinese Cosmology and Recent Studies in Confucian Ethics: A Review Essay.” Journal of Religious Ethics 28 (2000): 451–470.

Critique of A. C. Graham’s Reconstruction of the Neo-Mohist Canons.Journal of the American Oriental Society 119 (1999): 1–11.

Chapters
“Míng名 as ‘Names’ Rather than ‘Words’: Disabled Bodies Speaking Without Acting in Early Chinese Texts,” in Having a Word with Angus Graham: On the First Quarter Century of his Immortality, edited by Carine Defoort and Roger T. Ames. Albany: SUNY Press (forthcoming).
Reviews

Effortless Action: Wu-wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China, by Edward Slingerland. Journal of Chinese Religions 31 (2003): 294–295.

The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue, by Sarah Allan. Journal of the American Oriental Society 120 (2000): 304–305.

Sharing the Light: Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China, by Lisa Raphals. Journal of the American Oriental Society 120 (2000): 140–141.

Mencius and Early Chinese Thought, by Kwong-loi Shun. Journal of the American Oriental Society 119 (1999): 366–368.

Naming and Actuality in Early Chinese Thought, by John Makeham. Journal of Religion 78 (1998): 153–154.


Education
Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., College of Holy Cross
Contact Information
(804) 289-8330
(804) 287-6504 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Conceptions of the body and language in early Chinese texts