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A Conference on Nôm Studies
April 11-12, 2008
Gladfelter Hall, 10th Floor
Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122

The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society of Temple University will host a Conference on Nôm studies on April 11 and 12, 2008. Nôm studies can be tentatively thought of as multi-disciplinary research in Vietnamese studies recorded in the ideographic script called chữ Nôm, used in Vietnam from the tenth century to the 1920's. The Conference hopes to begin a discussion on basic research in chữ Nôm 
(history of the origin, formation, and development of chữ Nôm Việt, Tày, Dao,...), fields of Nôm research
 and problems in the popularization, use, and teaching of Nôm.

The Conference on Nôm Studies is supported by the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society, the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University, and the Henry Luce Foundation.

Thursday, April 10, 2008
Guests arrive...
Friday, April 11, 2008
8:30 am Registration — Coffee, Tea, Refreshments
9:00 am Welcome and Opening remarks on the Conference,
by Philip Alperson, Director of the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society
9:15 am Introduction & Introducing the Keynote Speaker
by Sophie Quinn-Judge, Associate Director of the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society
General Session Chaired by Sophie Quinn-Judge
9:30–11:00 am Remarks on Nôm Studies...
Prof. Trần Tuyết Nhung, University of Toronto, Canada.
11:00–11:15 am Comments on demotic characters through Lục Vân Tiên, by Nguyễn Quảng Tuân, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese version & English version).
11:15–11:30 am A review of research in the development of chữ Nôm, by Trần Trọng Dương, Office of Nôm Resources, Institute of Hán Nôm Research, Hà Nội. A Summary.
11:30–12:30 pm Discussion
LUNCH at the Diamond Club hosted by the Center
1:30 pm Coffee, Tea, Refreshments
First Session Nôm and Quốc ngữ scripts — moderated by Ngô Thanh Nhàn
2:00–3:00 pm Earliest evidence of Nôm ideograms in recorded history,
Prof. Dr.Sci. Nguyễn Quang Hồng, Hanoi, Vietnam.
2:30–3:00 pm Did Nôm Script Play Any Role in the Dissemination of Quốc ngữ? A Reappraisal of the role of Nôm characters during the scriptural transitional period from Hán and Nôm to Quốc ngữ, by Dr. Nguyễn Nam, Harvard-Yenching Institute.
3:00–3:15 pm Refreshment break
Second Session Research in Nôm — moderated by Sophie Quinn-Judge
3:15–3:45 pm Chữ Nôm Dao in Việt Nam: The Study and Sustainability of a Traditional Script, by Bradley C. Davis, Department of History, University of Washington at Seattle.
3:45–4:15 pm The connective word-tool in the Vietnamese classical language, by Jean Claude Ginhoux, Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, France.
4:15–5:15 pm Discussion
DINNER At a local Vietnamese restaurant hosted by the Center
Saturday, April 12, 2008
8:30 am Coffee, Tea, Refreshments
Third Session Upcoming projects and future trends — moderated by Ngô Thanh Nhàn
9:00–9:15 am Classical theater Tuồng can be considered an important literary activity of the south during the Nguyễn feudal lords in the XVII-XVIIIth Centuries, by Phan Anh Dũng, Thừa Thiên–Huế Center for Information Technology, Vietnam.
A summary.
9:15–9:45 am "Tự Điển Chữ Nôm Trích Dẫn" or the first Nôm dictionary on historical principles, by Prof. Nguyễn Ngọc Bích, Indochina Center, George Mason University.
9:45–10:15 am Some issues in building a Nôm ideographic "alphabet" list , by Ngô Thanh Nhàn (New York University) & Ngô Trung Việt (Institute of Informatics), Ngô Thanh Giang & Tô Trọng Đức (Nôm Na Group, Hà Nội), Lê Mai Phương (Belgium).
10:45–11:00 am Some issues in Nôm studies, by Nguyễn Tài Cẩn, Moscow, Russia (Vietnamese version & English version). Summary.
11:00–11:15 am Refreshment break
Fourth Session Chaired by Philip Alperson
11:15–12:00 pm Free presentations, discussion, future activities, closing remarks,...
LUNCH served at the Conference Hall, hosted by the Center

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