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A/Prof. Shirley Chan was graduated from the University of Sydney where she studied Classical Chinese and Chinese history under Professor Pierre Ryckmans (Simon Leys) and Dr Derek Herforth.

Shirley is currently the Head of Chinese Studies, Department of International Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. She teaches and researches in Sinology in fields of Chinese culture, classical Chinese philosophy, textual studies, intellectual history, and the excavated Chu bamboo manuscripts dated to the fourth century BCE, on which she has published in English and Chinese. 

Shirley is a member of MQ University Research Centre for Cultural Heritage and Environment. She has served as President of Chinese Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) and is an executive committee member of the Oriental Society of Australia. She also serves on the editorial board of several journals including the Silk and Bamboo (Brill) and Journal of Oriental Society of Australia. She has appeared by invitation in programs produced by the BBC (Genius of the Ancient World: Confucius, with British historian Bettany Hughes), CITVC (China International Television Corporation), ABC, SBS, as well as international online teaching platforms such as MOOC and Coursera. Shirley Chan believes a good understanding of Chinese culture in a global context is crucial not only from an academic point of view but also for building ethical, just and inclusive communities. 

Shirley Chan has supervised PhD students and Honours students to completion in ancient Chinese culture, classical texts, intercultural communication and Chinese history. She is available for HDR supervision in the areas of Chinese culture, Chinese history, Chinese thought and the classical Chinese texts.

 

 

 

Research interests

- Sinology, Chinese culture, Chinese history, Chinese philosophy, Chinese ancient texts and intellectual history, Chinese excavated texts

Education/Academic qualification

International Studies, Chinese Studies, Master of International Studies, University of Sydney

Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Social Anthropology, BA (Asian Studies), University of Sydney

Sinology, Chinese Studies, PhD, University of Sydney

External positions

External Reviewer, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong

Feb 2019 → …

Honourary Research Fellow, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Nov 2018 → …

Editor, Journal of Oriental Society of Australia, University of Sydney

Oct 2018 → …

Council member, Chinese Studies Association of Australia

Jul 2017 → …

Member, editorial board, Bamboo and Silk, Brill

Dec 2016 → …

Adjunct Professor, Jinan University

Jan 2016 → …

President, Chinese Studies Association of Australia

Jul 2015Jul 2017

International panel member , Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

May 2013 → …

Visiting Professor, Qinghua University

Mar 2012May 2012

Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong Baptist University

Jan 2012Mar 2012

Visiting Professor, National Taiwan University

Jun 2009Jul 2009

Visiting Scholar, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dec 2007Feb 2008

Member, Executive committee, Oriental Society of Australia

Jan 2007 → …

Honorary Associate, University of Sydney

Jan 2003Dec 2005

Language Examiner (Cantonese and Mandarin), The University of New South Wales

19992009

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Outputs 2003 2019

A British legacy or modern university crisis? Chinese studies in Australian universities

Chan, S., 22 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Colonial legacies and contemporary studies of China and Chineseness: unlearning binaries, strategizing self. Shih, C. (ed.). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

China
Colonies
Economics
Collective Identity
Trajectory

Dao companion to the excavated Guodian bamboo manuscripts

Chan, S. (ed.), 2019, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature. 375 p. (Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy; vol. 10)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/AnthologyResearchpeer-review

Manuscripts
Bamboo
Tao
Philosophical Concepts
Mencius

Daoist nature or Confucian nurture: moral development in the Yucong 語叢 (Thicket of Sayings)

Chan, S., 2019, Dao companion to the excavated Guodian bamboo manuscripts. Chan, S. (ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 259-283 25 p. (Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy; vol. 10).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Confucian
Daoist
Saying
Nature
Moral Development

Introduction: the excavated Guodian 郭店 bamboo manuscripts

Chan, S., 2019, Dao companion to the excavated Guodian bamboo manuscripts. Chan, S. (ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 1-17 17 p. (Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy; vol. 10).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Manuscripts
Bamboo
Chinese Thought
Tombs
Archaeological Context

Xing 性 and Qing 情: human nature and moral cultivation in the Guodian text Xing zi ming chu 性自命出 (Nature Derives from Endowment)

Chan, S., 2019, Dao companion to the excavated Guodian bamboo manuscripts. Chan, S. (ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 213-237 25 p. (Dao Companions to Chinese Philosophy; vol. 10).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Human Nature
Moral Cultivation
Ming
Nature
Thinkers

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Invited talk

De-confusing Confucius

Shirley Wai Chan (Speaker)
15 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

ABC RN The Philosopher's Zone: Learning Confucius

Shirley Chan

28/10/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Garderobe imperialisme

Shirley Chan

19/05/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Australian Broadcasting Corporation RN Summer School: Confucius

Shirley Chan

15/01/16

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

BBC Documentary: Genius of the Ancient World - Confucius

Shirley Chan

30/07/15

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities