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Richard J. Smith
Professor
George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities
 
e-mail:smithrj@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. (1972; History) University of California, Davis
  • M.A. (1968; History) University of California, Davis
  • B.A. (1966; Political Science) University of California, Davis
 
Primary Department
   Department of History
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Asian Studies
  • Center for Education
  • Department of History
  • James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
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    Websites
     Chinese Encyclopedias
     Yijing (Classic of Changes)
     Richard J. Smith
     Yijing (Classic of Changes)
     Yijing Website
     Asian Studies
     Transnational China Project
     
    Research Areas
     Modern Chinese history and traditional Chinese culture; global, transnational and comparative studies. My current research focuses primarily on Chinese almanacs and "encyclopedias of daily use" (riyong leishu) in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties
     

    Bureaucratic Reform in Nineteenth Century China: An Outsider's Inside View [book]

     

    An interpretive study of the Tongzhi Restoration (1862-l874) from the perspective of foreign employees in the Chinese service (Robert Hart in particular) as well as the Chinese who employed them.

     

    Marking Time and Mapping Change: Popular Science in Late Imperial China [book]

     

    A study of evolving Chinese attitudes toward the natural world as reflected in almanacs (tongshu; huangli, etc.) and other popular writings. Some of my preliminary thoughts on this topic can be found at http://www.slideshare.net/smithrj/encyclopedias-in-late-imperial-china-2014-36080622.

     

    "The Land of Ritual and Morality (Liyi zhi bang)": Theories of Right Behavior in Late Imperial China [book]

     

    This book, based on a wide variety of primary sources, examines the political, social and cultural significance of ritual (li) in late imperial China. Focusing on the realms of both theory and practice, it seeks to show that there were virtually no areas of Chinese life in which ritual was not a central preoccupation. Testimony to the enduring value of li in traditional China may be found in the venerated classic texts known as the Yili (Etiquette and Ritual), Zhouli (Rites of Zhou), and Liji (Record of Ritual), which together exerted a profound influence on Chinese society from the Han period through the Qing. For hundreds of years the Chinese commonly referred to China as "the land of ritual and righteousness" (liyi zhi bang), equating the values of li and yi with civilization itself.

     

    The Cultural Role of Chinese "Encyclopedias of Daily Use" (riyong leishu) in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties [book]

     

    In recent years, Asian and Western scholars have begun to give systematic attention to a variety of sources that have been long-neglected in the study of Chinese social life in late imperial times. One such source, known generically as “encyclopedias for daily use” (日用類書), has proven to be particularly valuable in shedding light on the kinds of materials that enabled literate non-elites to acquire information necessary to negotiate their lives in a world that was growing increasingly complex and in certain ways unstable from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) onward. Not surprisingly, given the historical impulse to identify origins and turning points, most of the research on encyclopedias for daily use has concentrated on either their genesis in the Song dynasty (960-1279) or their dramatic development in the late Ming (1368-1644) era—both of which were periods when political, economic and social changes in China were transforming (and unsettling) many realms of Chinese life. However, comparatively little attention has been given to encyclopedias in the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). This is the gap that my research aims to fill.

     
    Teaching Areas
     Chinese history, Chinese culture, comparative history
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Richard J. Smith "Fathoming the Changes: The Evolution of Some Technical Terms and Interpretive Strategies in Yijing Exegesis." Journal of Chinese Philosophy , Special issue 40: 146-170.

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. "How the Book of Changes Arrived in the West." The New England Review 33.1 (2012)

     
     

    "World Maps, China." Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2004)

     
     Articles
     

    Smith, Richard J. "Divination: Science, Technology, and The Mantic Arts in Traditional China." Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures (2004)

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. "Morse, Hosea Ballou (1855-1934), Customs Official and Historian of China." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004)

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. "The Yijing (Classic of Changes in Global Perspective: The Value of Cross-Cultural Investigations." International Journal of Humanities, 2 (2004)

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. "The Yijing, Classic of Changes." Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (2004)

     
     

    ""Divination"." Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (2004)

     
     

    ""The Yijing (Classic of Changes) in Global Perspective: Some Pedagogical Reflections"." Education about Asia, 8.2 (Fall, 2003) : 5-10.

     
     

    ""The Yijing (Classic of Changes)"." Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (2004)

     
     

    Smith, R. "Divination." Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (2003) In Press

     
     

    Smith, R. "Divination in Late Imperial China: New Light on Some Old Problems." East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (2003) In Revision

     
     

    Smith, R. "The Jesuits and Evidential Research in Late Imperial China: Some Reflections." Ex/Change, February, 2002 (2002)

     
     

    Smith, R. "The Yijing (Classic Of Changes) in Global Perspective: Some Reflections." Erlingling'er nian shijie Yijing dahui lunwen ji (Collected Papers of the 2002 Classic of Changes World Conference) (2002)

     
     

    Smith, R. "The Yijing (Classic of Changes)." Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (2003) In Press

     
     

    Smith, R. "The Yijing (Classic of Changes) in Global Perspective: Some Pedagogical Reflections." Education about AsiaSubmitted

     
     Books
     

    Richard J. Smith "The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture."  (2015)

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. Mapping China and Managing the World: Cosmology, Cartography and Culture in Late Imperial Times. Milton Park, Oxfordshire, England: Routledge Press, 2012.

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. The I Ching: A Biography. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

     
     Fathoming the Cosmos and Ordering the World: The Yijing (I Ching or Classic of Changes) and Its Evolution in China
     
     Different Worlds of Discourse: Transformations of Gender and Genre in Late Qing and Early Republican China
     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Mapping China: Cosmology, Culture, and Conceptions of the "Other"." 

     
     

    Richard J. Smith, Kunio Miura and Chie Kato "Tsusho no sekai: Chugokujin no hierabi (The World of Almanacs: Day-Selection [Divinatory Practices] of the Chinese People)." 

     
     Book chapters
     

    Richard J. Smith "Albert Terrien de LaCouperie (1845-1894), the Yijing (易經), and the Debates in Europe and Asia over the “Western Origins of Chinese Civilization”." Sinologists as Translators in the 17–19th Centuries (2017) In Press

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Collaborators and Competitors: Western Translators of the Yijing (Classic of  Changes) in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries." Sinologists as Translators in the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries (2016) : 385–434.

     
     

    Richard J. Smith, "Divination: Science, Technology, and the Mantic Arts in Traditional China," in Helaine Selin, ed., Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Dordrecht: Springer, 2016.

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Qing Culture." The Routledge Handbook of Imperial Chinese HistorySubmitted

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "The Cultural Role of the Yijing (Classic of Changes) in China and Beyond." The Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Literature, 3Submitted

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "The Legacy of Daybooks in Late Imperial and Modern China." Popular Culture and Books of Fate in Early China: The Daybook Manuscripts (rishu) of the Warring States, Qin, and Han (2017) In Press

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Why the Yijing (Classic of Changes) Matters in an Age of Globalization." Why Classical Chinese Philosophy Matters in the Global AgeSubmitted

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. "Divination: Science, Technology, and the Mantic Arts in Traditional China," forthcoming in Helaine Selin, ed., Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures 2014

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. Albert Terrien de LaCouperie (1845-1894), the Yijing, and the Debates in Europe and Asia over the “Western Origins of Chinese Civilization,” forthcoming in Lawrence Wang, ed., Sinologists as Translators in the 17-19th Centuries: Archives and Context

     
     

    Smith, Richard J., "The Legacy of Rishi in Chinese Civilization," forthcoming in Marc Kalinowski and Donald Harper, eds., Popular Culture and Books of Fate in Early China

     
     

    Smith, Richard J.  “An Overview of Divination in China from the Song through the Qing: Some Issues and Approaches,” forthcoming in Michael Lackner, ed., Divinatory Traditions in East Asia: Historical, Comparative and Transnational Perspectives.  

     
     

    Richard J. Smith, "Divination In Late Imperial China: New Light On Some Old Problems," in The Imperative of Reading: Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, and Onto-Hermeneutics

     
     "Qing Perspectives on Yuan Dynasty Yijing (Classic of Changes) Scholarship: Evidence from the Siku quanshu zongmu tiyao (Annotated General Catalogue of the Complete Collection of the Four Treasuries)"
     
     

    Smith, Richard J. "Divination In Late Imperial China: New Light On Some Old Problems." Rethinking Chinese Thought: Hermeneutics, Onto-Hermeneutics, and Comparative Philosophy (2005) Submitted

     
     

    ""Divination In Late Imperial China: New Light On Some Old Problems"."  (1995) In Revision

     
     

    Smith, R. "Jesuit Interpretations of the Yijing (Classic of Changes) and Their Legacy." Matteo Ricci and After: Four Centuries of Cultural Interactions between China and the West (2003) In Revision

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    "Jesuit Interpretations of the Yijing (Classic of Changes) and Their Legacy."  (2005) In Revision

     
     Other
     "Foreword"
     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Images of the "Other" in Late Imperial China." As yet untitled volume based on the proceedings of a conference titled Paris, September 3-5, 2001 (2003)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Jesuit Interpretations of the Yijing (Classic of Changes) and Their Legacy ." Matteo Ricci and After: Four Centuries of Cultural Interactions between China and the West (2002)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Auslandische Spezialisten in Asien 1860-1920: Einige Methodologische Uberlegungen." Westliche Spezialisten in Sudostasien, 1850-1950 (2000)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Die Karriere eines Au?enseiters: H.B. Morse, 1874-1909." Westliche Spezialisten in Sudostasien, 1850-1950 (2000)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Some Strategies for the Classroom (and Beyond)." Teaching About Japan in Japan (2000)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "The Yijing (Classic of Changes) as a Teaching Tool." Exchange: A Newsletter for Teaching About Asia, 7.2 (1999)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Mapping China's World: Cultural Cartography in Late Imperial Times." As yet untitled collection of essays (accepted)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Morse, Hosea Ballou (1855-1934)." New Dictionary of National Biography (in press)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "The Yijing (Classic of Changes) as a Teaching Tool." ASIANetwork (in press)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Chinese Marxism and Its Challengers." Transnational China Project (Baker Institute, website: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~tnchina/) (1998)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "Contemporary Literature and Art." Transnational China Project (Baker Institute, website: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~tnchina/) (1998)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "The Languages of the Yijing and the Representation of Reality." Oracle: The Journal of Yijing Studies, 2.7 (Summer, 1998)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "The Past in China's Present." Transnational China Project (Baker Institute, website: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~tnchina/), 1998

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "The Place of the Yijing (Classic of Changes) in World Culture: Some Historical and Contemporary Perspectives." Journal of Chinese Philosophy (in press)

     
     

    Richard J. Smith "The Teachings of Ritual and the Rectification of Customs: Echos of Tradition in the Political Culture of Modern China." Between Tradition and Change: Studies in Modern Chinese History (1998)

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    "Ways of World Making: Constructing and Deconstructing Chinese Culture. Paper for the Twentieth National Conference of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP). Houston, Texas." (March 15, 2014)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    Richard J. Smith, “Why the Yijing 易經 (Classic of Changes) Matters in an Age of Globalization.” Paper for the International Symposium on “Why Classical Chinese Thought Still Matters in the Age of Globalization,” University of Dallas, November 18-21, 2015.

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. Albert Terrien de LaCouperie (1845-1894), the Yijing, and the Debates in Europe and Asia over the “Western Origins of Chinese Civilization,” for the conference on "Sinologists as Translators in the 17-19th Centuries: Archives and Context," University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, May 14-16, 2013

     
     

    Smith, Richard J., "The Cultural Role of Popular Encyclopedias (日用類書) in Qing  Dynasty China (1644-1912)" for the conference on “Divination, Language and Rationality,” University of Erlangen, Erlangen, German, May 30-31, 2013.  

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. “Collaborators and Competitors: Western Translators of the Yijing (Classic of  Changes) in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.” Paper for the International Conference on “Sinologists as Translators in the 17th-19th Century,” Institute of Chinese Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, October 27-28, 2011.

     
     

    Smith, Richard J.  “Key Concepts of Fate and Prediction in the Yijing (Classic of Changes).” June 6, 2011. Paper for the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities Conference on “Ming and Fatum—Key Concepts of Fate and Prediction in Comparative Perspective,” University of Erlangen, Germany, June 29-July 3, 2011.

     
     

    ""The Yijing (Classic of Changes) in Global Perspective"." International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. (July 5, 2003)

     
     

    "The Yijing (Classic Of Changes) in Global Perspective: Some Reflections." Book of Changes World Conference, Chung-li, Taiwan. (September 30, 2002)

     
     

    "The Yijing (Classic of Changes) in Global Perspective: Some Pedagogical Reflections." International Conference on Remaking Asia Pacific Studies: Knowledge, Power, and Pedagogy, University of Hawaii, Honolulu. (December 4, 2002)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    Richard J. Smith, “Historical Perspectives on East Asia: Problems and Possibilities,” lecture for the Asia Society and the World Affairs Council, Houston, TX, October 29, 2016

     
     

    Richard J. Smith, "Popular Confucianism across East Asia: Evidence from Encyclopedias, Almanacs, Temples and Woodblock Prints," invited lecture for the  East-West Center’s Institute on “Confucian Asia,” Honolulu, Hawaii, June 17, 2016.

     
     

    Richard J. Smith, "The Diversity of Confucian Ideas and Ideals: Examples from Commentaries on the Yijing (aka I Ching or Classic of Changes)," invited lecture for the East-West Center's Institute on “Confucian Asia,” Honolulu, Hawaii, June 15, 2016

     
     

    Richard J. Smith, “The Historical Persuasion,” lecture for the Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees, Houston, TX, November 21, 2016

     
     

    Richard J. Smith, “The Rise and Contemporary Manifestations of Nationalism in China,” Department of History, University of Houston, Houston, TX, December 5, 2016

     
     

    Richard J. Smith, "The Transnational Travels of the Yijing: Issues of Transmission and Transformation,” East-West Center Institute on “Confucian Asia ," invited lecture for the East-West Center's Institute on “Confucian Asia,” Honolulu, Hawaii, June 16, 2016

     
     

    Richard J. Smith, “The Virtues of Simulation: Collaborative Learning and Cross-Cultural Understanding,” invited lecture for the Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Hawaii, Manoa, June 15, 2016

     
     

    "Richard J. Smith, “The Qing Dynasty (1636-1912) and Traditional Chinese Culture: A Revisionist Perspective on Manchu Rule.” Paper for the "Creative Minds Humanities Lecture Series," March 3-6, 2015, Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas." (March 3, 2015)

     
     

    Smith, Richard J., "The Cultural Role of Popular Encyclopedias Late imperial China" for the Faculty Workshop on "The World of China from Confucius to Deng Xiaoping," University of Central Oklahoma, September 12-14, 2013.

     
     

    Smith, Richard J. “The Significance of the Yijing or Classic of Changes: An Overview.” Lecture for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, January 29, 2011.

     
     

    Smith, Richard J.  “China: 1911-2011.” Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Oklahoma, April 8, 2011.

     
     

    Smith, Richard J.  “Maps, Myths and Multiple Realities: Charting Change in Late Imperial China.” University of Texas, El Paso, Texas, October 7, 2011.

     
     

    Smith, Richard J.  “Patterns of the Chinese Past: History as Value.” Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Oklahoma, April 7, 2011.

     
     

    Smith, Richard J.  “Maps, Myths and Multiple Realities: Charting Change in Late Imperial China.” Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, Kansas, October 9, 2011.

     
     

    "Confucian Temples in China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan: Is Confucianism a Religion, and Is This a Question Worth Asking?"." National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, Columbia University. (December 2, 2004)

     
     

    ""Chinese Culture, Past and Present"." "Teach for America", Jackson Middle School, Houston, Texas. (October 21, 2003)

     
     

    ""Chinese Ways of Worldmaking"." University of Hawaii's Asian Studies Development Program on "Chinese Culture and Society", University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas. (February 14-15)

     
     

    ""New Technologies: Some Pedagogical Reflections"." Annual meeting of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, University of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana. (October 25, 2003)

     
     

    ""Salient Aspects of China's Heritage I" and "Salient Aspects of China's Heritage II"." University of Hawaii's Asian Studies Development Program on "Chinese Culture and Society,", East-West Center of the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus, Honolulu, Hawaii. (July 23-25)

     
     

    "Asian Studies Programs: Problems and Possibilities." Freeman Foundation Workshop on Asian Studies, Columbia University, New York City. (September 20, 2002)

     
     

    "Ways of World-Making: Some Approaches to Teaching about the Asian "Other"." Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. (October 19, 2002)

     
     Lectures
     

    ""Eternal Writ: The Evolution and Globalization of the Yijing (Classic of Changes)"." Center for the Study of Cultures, Rice University. (November 15, 2004)

     
     

    ""The Jesuits in Qing Dynasty China and the European Enlightenment"." Continuing Studies, Rice University. (October 27, 2004)

     
     

    ""Confucianism and Revolution in China and Vietnam"." Allen Matusow's seminar on "America and Vietnam", Rice University. (October 22, 2003)

     
     

    ""Modern China in Comparative Perspective" and "Contemporary China in Global Perspective"." Rice University's East Asia Institute for Houston Teachers, Rice University. (March 8, 2003)

     
     

    ""The Lay of the Land" and "Viewing the Flowers from Horseback"." Rice University's East Asia Institute for Houston-area teachers, Rice University. (January 25, 2003)

     
     

    ""The Yijing (Classic of Changes) in Global Perspective"." Rice University Asian Studies faculty seminar, Rice University. (September 17, 2003)

     
     

    "'The Principle Is One But the Manifestations Are Many:' Confucianism Across Time And Space." Rice University Continuing Studies course on Chinese philosophy and religion, Rice University. (October 23, 2002)

     
     

    "Cats and Mice, Flies and Fresh Air: Deng Xiaoping's 'Neo-Communism,' 1976-present." Washington and Lee University, Alumni College, Lexington, VA. (July 19, 2002)

     
     

    "Lecture series for the Faculty Development Institute on East Asia (part 2)." Texas Center of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, Rice University. (January 16-February 16, 2002)

     
     

    "The 'Confucian Revolution:' Nationalism, War, and the New Life Movement, 1928-1949." Washington and Lee University, Alumni College, Lexington, VA. (July 17, 2002)

     
     

    "The Madness in Mao's Method: 'Perpetual Revolution' and Its Limits, 1949-1976 ." Washington and Lee University, Alumni College, Lexington, VA. (July 18, 2002)

     
     

    "The Seeds of Change: Imperialism and the Rise of Modern China, 1842-1911." Washington and Lee University, Alumni College, Lexington, VA. (July 15, 2002)

     
     

    "Warlordism and China's Search for a New Culture, 1912-1928." Washington and Lee University, Alumni College, Lexington, VA. (July 16, 2002)

     
     Other
     

    "Asian Outreach: Problems and Prospects." Presentation for the Rice Center for Education, Houston, Texas. (January 17, 2001)

     
     

    "Contemporary China in Historical Perspective." Lecture for the World Affairs Council, Houston, Texas. (September 12, 2001)

     
     

    "Divination in Late Imperial China: New Light on Some Old Problems." Invited paper for the conference on Divination in Cross-Cultural Perspective (in honor of Professor Ho Peng Yoke, retiring Director of the Needham Institute), Cambridge, University. (December 7-8, 2001)

     
     

    "Emperor's and Bureaucrats, Gods and Ghosts." N.E.H. Summer Institute/University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. (June 14, 2001)

     
     

    "Gods, Ghost and Ancestors: Religion in China, Past and Present." Lecture for the Houston Center of the Asia Society and Rice University's Continuing Studies program on the Forbidden City, Houston Texas. (May 8, 2001)

     
     

    "Images and Realities: An Overview of Political and Commercial Advertising in Contemporary China." Conference on "Advertising Culture and the Formation of Transnational and Local Identities in Asia"/University of Hong Kong and the Rice University Transnational China Project, Hong Kong. (March 5-6, 2001)

     
     

    "Images of the "Other" in Late Imperial China." Invited paper for the conference titled De l?image a l?action: la dynamique des representations visuelles dans la culture intellectuelle et religieuse de la Chine, Paris, France. (September 3-5, 2001)

     
     

    "Japan's Early Entry on The World Stage: The Meiji Restoration (1868-1912) and Its Consequences." Lecture for a Rice University Continuing Studies series on Japan, Houston, Texas. (October 25, 2001)

     
     

    "Jesuit Interpretations of the Yijing (Classic of Changes) and Their Legacy." Invited paper for the conference on Matteo Ricci and After: Four Centuries of Cultural Interactions between China and the West/City University of Hong Kong and Beijing University, City University of Hong Kong and Beijing University. (October 13-16, 2001)

     
     

    "Monarchy in the Emperor's Eyes: The Forbidden City as the Center of the Universe." Lecture for the Houston Center of the Asia Society and Rice University's Continuing Studies program on the Forbidden City, Houston, Texas. (February 20, 2001)

     
     

    "Sharing Heart and Mind: Connoisseurship in Imperial China." Lecture for the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, Houston, Texas. (October 24, 2001)

     
     

    "The State and the Spirit World in China." N.E.H. Summer Institute/University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. (June 12, 2001)

     
     

    "Traditional China in Global Perspective." A one-week short-course at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. (August 1-8, 2001)

     
     

    "Ways of Worldmaking: Chinese Maps, Past and Present." Lecture for the World Affairs Council, Houston, Texas. (September 20, 2001)

     
     

    "Division, Unification and Globalization: The Northern and Southern Dynasties, the Sui and the Tang." Continuing Studies, Rice University. (April 6, 2000)

     
     

    "Inventing Imperial China: The Qin 'Revolution' and the Han Synthesis." Continuing Studies, Riuce University. (March 30, 2000)

     
     

    "Qing China (1644-1912) in Global Perspective." for the conference on "Teaching World History and Geography 2000", Austin, Texas. (February 11, 2000)

     
     

    "Sharing Heart And Mind: The K.C. Liu Model Of China Studies At U.C. Davis." panel on "The Maturation of Modern Chinese History in the United States: Selected Types of Programs for the 21st Century." American Historical Association, Chicago, Illinois. (January 7, 2000)

     
     

    "The Globalization of China and Tibet: Some Personal Perspectives." Rice Alumni, Seattle. (November 11, 2000)

     
     

    "The Yijing (Classic of Changes) as a Teaching Tool." paper for the Texas China Consortium faculty workshop on "Teaching Chinese Language, Literature and Culture", Rice University. (May 21, 2000)

     
     

    "The Zhou Dynasty: Golden Age of Chinese Philosophy." Continuing Studies, Rice University. (March 23, 2000)

     
     

    "Viewing the Flowers by Horseback: Six Thousand Years of Chinese History." Continuing Studies, Rice University. (February 23, 2000)

     
     

    "Beyond Stereotypes: A Hard Look at Contemporary China." St. John's High School, Houston, Texas. (February 11, 1999)

     
     

    "China's Self-Strengthening Movement in Comparative Perspective." Tenth Anniversary of the JTW Program, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. (June 19, 1999)

     
     

    "Engaging the 'Other'." Workshop on "Teaching about Asia", Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. (June 20, 1999)

     
     

    "Fengshui: An Historical Overview." Continuing Studies, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (September 22, 1999)

     
     

    "Reflections on the 'Great Commentary' (Dazhuan) of the Yijing (Classic of Changes)." Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, San Marcos, Texas. (October 23, 1999)

     
     

    "Teaching about Asia: Some Classroom Strategies." "Reforming Schools Summer Institute III", Center for Education, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (July 21, 1999)

     
     

    "The 'Globalization' of the Yijing (Classic of Changes)." Modern China Seminar, Center for Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin, Texas. (February 8, 1999)

     
     

    "The Book of Changes in World Culture." James A. Richard Lecture Series, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. (April 16, 1999)

     
     

    "The Cultural Significance of the Book of Changes." James A. Richard Lecture Series, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. (April 15, 1999)

     
     

    "The Cultural Significance of the I-Ching (Classic of Changes)." Continuing Studies, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 25, 1999)

     
     

    "The Globalization of Chinese Culture." International Education Consortium, St. Louis, Missouri. (December 9, 1999)

     
     

    "The Globalization of the Yijing (Classic of Changes)." Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (November 5, 1999)

     
     

    "The Languages of the Book of Changes and the Representation of Reality." James A. Richard Lecture Series, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. (April 14, 1999)

     
     

    "The New Culture Movement in China." Continuing Studies, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (December 1, 1999)

     
     

    "Transitions and Transformations: The Yijing across Time and Space." Annual Conference of ASIANetwork, Tacoma, Washington. (April 23, 1999)

     
     

    "Cultural Change in Contemporary China." Summit of the Minds, Rice University, Houston, Texas. (February 21, 1998)

     
     

    "Heaven's Will and Life's Lot: Inquiries into the Concept and Practice of Ming in Chinese Culture." Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Washington, D.C.. (March 26-29, 1998) With Chair and commentator on panel papers

     
     

    "Modern China in Comparative Perspective (5 lectures)." Japan in the World, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. (March 2-6, 1998)

     
     

    "The Yijing in World Culture." China Seminar Program, Asian Languages and the History Department, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. (October 15, 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    Smith, Richard J. Commentator, International Workshop onDivination and Fengshui in Korea,” Erlangen, Germany, November 9, 2012.

     
     

    ""New Directions in the Study of Late Qing China"." Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, University of Houston, Houston, Texas. (October 11, 2003)

     
     

    "Rice University's Global and Transnational Studies Initiative." Rice University Ethnic Studies Task Force, Rice University. (March 15, 2002)

     
     

    "Struggle for Survival: Beggars and Urban Life in Modern China." Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, Illinois. (April 6, 2002)

     
     Workshops
     

    Richard J. Smith, Saturday Seminar on “Childhood Socialization in Late Imperial China,” day-long workshop for the Asia Outreach Program, Rice University, July 16, 2016

     
     

    Richard J. Smith, “The Comparative Modernization of China and Japan,” workshop for the Advanced Placement Seminar, Rice University, Glasscock School, Houston, TX, August 4, 2016

     
     

    ""China's Early Modernization and the Contrast with Japan;" "China in the 20th Century;" "The People's Republic Today"." National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, Rice University. (February 28, 2004)

     
     

    ""From the Han (206 B.C.E-220 C.E.) to the Tang (618-907);" "From the Song (907-1279) to the Qing (1644-1912)"." National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, Rice University. (January 24, 2004)

     
     

    ""Qing Culture"." National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, Rice University. (January 29, 2004)

     
     

    ""Ways of Worldmaking: An Approach to the Study of Cultures;" "The Land and People of China: Realities and Representations;" " Chinese Language and Chinese Logic;" "Premodern Chinese History: From Neolithic Times to the Qin (221-206 B.C.E.)"." National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, Rice University. (January 17, 2004)

     
     

    ""Globalization and Identity" (panel on consumerism and identity formation)." Shanghai University and the Hong Kong Institute of Cultural Criticism, Shanghai and Hong Kong. (December 9-11)

     
     

    Guest lectures by Professor Nanxiu Qian and Dr. Steven Lewis.  "Faculty Development Institute on East Asia." National Consortium on Teaching about Asia (Rice Center), Rice University. (January 16-February 16, 2002) With I conducted most of the sessions

     
    Editorial Positions
     Associate Editor, Journal of Transnational Asian Studies, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University. Chao Center for Asian Studies. (2015 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Chinese Historical Review. Chinese Historians in the United States Inc.. (2012 - 2016)

     Editorial Advisory Board, Chinese Historians: The Journal of Chinese Historians in the United States. Chinese Historians in the United States. (2001 - 2001)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Amelia Scholtz, Ph.D. “Despatches from Japanglia: Anglo-Japanese Literary Imbrication, 1880-1920”. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jennifer Hargrave, Ph.D. “Writing Imperial China, 1759–1839,” Ph.D. dissertation, English Department, Rice University 2016. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     One of Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Titles” of 2013 for Richard J. Smith, The I-Ching: A Biography (see http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9656.html), Choice (2013)

     Choice Magazine 's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012 (for The I Ching: A Biography; Princeton University Press), Choice Magazine (2013)

     Advisor, National Commission on Asia in the Schools, (2001)

     Member, Advisory Board for Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS), (2001)

     Member, National Advisory Committee of the Asia Society's Asian Educational Resource Center, New York, (2001)

     Member of the National Consortium on Teaching about Asia, (2001)

     Member, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, (2001)

     Member, National Advisory Committee of the Asia Society's Asian Educational Resource Center, New York (2000)

     Member, Advisory Board for Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS) (2000)

     Member, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (2000)

     Advisor, National Commission on Asia in the Schools (2000)

     Member, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (ongoing)

     Member, National Commission on Asia in the Schools (ongoing)

     Member, National Educational Advisory Board of the Asia Society (ongoing)