Divination and Prognostication in China; Early Chinese systems of thought; Yijing and related texts

2022 – : Ph.D.in Sinology and Anthropology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)

2020: MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Durham University (UK)

2018: BA in Media, Soochow University (China)

Zheng Liu is a PhD student at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, where she is researching the transmission of Yijing and related knowledge, and various divination techniques in the juxtaposition of sinological analysis and ethnographic account. Her professional and personal experience (e.g., British and German-trained anthropological background and studying Yijing texts and various Yijing-based divination techniques since childhood) gives her the privileged position of an insider. Based on the fieldwork since 2013, this project is the first to describe the precise curriculum of a Chinese diviner who specializes in various Yijing practices. Approaching Yijing-based divination from the learners’ perspective, this research will show what Yijing knowledge and divination practices offer today’s learners, including the target audience and their motivations for learning, as well as how knowledge and practice are structured, ordered, and controlled. Specifically, this research will examine the maintenance and construction of secret knowledge.

Divination and Prognostication in China; Early Chinese systems of thought; Yijing and related texts

2022 – : Ph.D.in Sinology and Anthropology, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)

2020: MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Durham University (UK)

2018: BA in Media, Soochow University (China)

Zheng Liu is a PhD student at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, where she is researching the transmission of Yijing and related knowledge, and various divination techniques in the juxtaposition of sinological analysis and ethnographic account. Her professional and personal experience (e.g., British and German-trained anthropological background and studying Yijing texts and various Yijing-based divination techniques since childhood) gives her the privileged position of an insider. Based on the fieldwork since 2013, this project is the first to describe the precise curriculum of a Chinese diviner who specializes in various Yijing practices. Approaching Yijing-based divination from the learners’ perspective, this research will show what Yijing knowledge and divination practices offer today’s learners, including the target audience and their motivations for learning, as well as how knowledge and practice are structured, ordered, and controlled. Specifically, this research will examine the maintenance and construction of secret knowledge.

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