International Scholars Convene at Elling Eide Research Library

For the second consecutive year, twelve scholars from China, Europe, and the U.S. meet in Sarasota in early November to continue working on the first complete English translation, in nine volumes, of the Shiji 史記, or “The Grand Scribe’s Records,”. This is one of the most important narratives of traditional China.

William H. Nienhauser, Jr., Halls-Bascom, Professor of Classical Chinese Literature at the University of Wisconsin, will lead the translation workshop. The scholars will work on the final chapters of Volume 7 during November 6-10.

The project is an ongoing translation of Sima Qian’s monumental history of ancient China and the world. The original finished around 94 BCE, covers a 2500-year period, and is widely acknowledged as the most important historical work in early Chinese history.  Masha Kobzeva, PhD, former graduate student of Prof. Neinhauser,  will give a public talk on “The Grand Scribe’s Records” at the Eide Center on November 19, 11:00AM.  Please see website for details.

“These scholars are providing an invaluable contribution to making early Chinese history accessible to English speaking audiences,” said Harold Mitchell, President and CEO of the Elling O. Eide Foundation.

The Elling Eide Center is a research library that is a leading resource for Asian Studies in the U.S. containing over 75,000 volumes covering pre-modern Chinese civilization, literature, history, and art. Opened in 2016, the Center hosts visiting scholars and conferences including the Tang Studies Society which was founded by Elling Eide and a group of prominent medieval Chinese historians.