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The George E. Morrison Lectures in Ethnology

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The George Ernest Morrison Lecture series was founded by Chinese residents in Australia and others in honour of the late Dr G. E. Morrison (1862-1920), a native of Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

The objects of the foundation of the lectureship were to honour for all time the memory of a great Australian who rendered valuable services to China and to improve cultural relations between China and Australia.

The foundation of the lectureship had the official support of the Consulate-General and was due in particular to the efforts of Mr William Liu, businessman, of Sydney; Mr William Ah Ket, barrister, of Melbourne; Mr F.J. Quinlan and Sir Colin MacKenzie, of Canberra. From the time of its inception until 1948 the lecture was associated with the Australian Institute of Anatomy, but in the latter year the responsibility for the management of the Lectureship was taken over by the Australian National University, and the Lecturers delivered since that date have been given under the auspices of the University.

Until 2010, this information was compiled and maintained by the Contemporary China Centre of The Australian National University.

George E. Morrison Lectures, 1932–Present

Following the presentation of lectures, papers were originally published annually in printed booklet form. Papers from 2000 are available online. Some earlier papers are also available online or in East Asian History, as indicated below.

Inaugural Lecture:
W.P. Chen, The Objects of the Foundation of the Lectureship, and a Review of Dr Morrison's Life in China. 10 May 1932.
Reprinted in East Asian History 34 (December 2007).

Second Lecture:
W. Ah Ket, Eastern Thought, with More Particular Reference to Confucius. 3 May 1933.
Reprinted in East Asian History 34 (December 2007).

Third Lecture:
J.S. MacDonald, The History and Development of Chinese Art. 3 May 1934.
Reprinted in East Asian History 34 (December 2007).

Fourth Lecture:
W.P. Chen, The New Culture Movement in China. 10 May 1935.
Reprinted in East Asian History 34 (December 2007).

Fifth Lecture:
Wu Lien-teh, Reminiscences of George E. Morrison; and Chinese Abroad. 2 September 1936.
Reprinted in East Asian History 34 (December 2007).

Sixth Lecture:
Chun-jien Pai, China Today: With Special Reference to Higher Education. 4 May 1937.
Reprinted in East Asian History 34 (December 2007).

Seventh Lecture:
A.F. Barker, The Impact of Western Industrialism on China. 17 May 1938.
Reprinted in East Asian History 34 (December 2007).

Eighth Lecture:
S.H. Roberts, The Gifts of the Old China to the New. 5 June 1939.
Reprinted in East Asian History 34 (December 2007).

Ninth Lecture:
Howard Mowll, West China as Seen Through the Eyes of the Westerner. 29 May 1940.
Reprinted in East Asian History 34 (December 2007).

Tenth Lecture:
W.G. Goddard, The Ming Shen. A Study in Chinese Democracy. 5 June 1941.
Reprinted in East Asian History 34 (December 2007).

Eleventh Lecture:
D.B. Copland, The Chinese Social Structure. 27 September 1948.

Twelfth Lecture:
J.K. Rideout, Politics in Medieval China. 28 October 1949.

Thirteenth Lecture:
C.P. FitzGerald, The Revolutionary Tradition in China. 19 March 1951.
Reprinted in East Asian History 11 (June 1996).

Fourteenth Lecture:
H.V. Evatt, Some Aspects of Morrison's Life and Work. 4 December 1952.

Fifteenth Lecture:
Lord Lindsay of Birker, China and the West. 20 October 1953.

Sixteenth Lecture:
M. Titiev, Chinese Elements in Japanese Culture. 27 July 1954.

Seventeenth Lecture:
H. Bielenstein, Emperor Kuang-Wu (A.D. 25–27) and the Northern Barbarians. 2 November 1955.

Eighteenth Lecture:
Leonard B. Cox, The Buddhist Temples of Yun-kang and Lung-men. 17 October 1956.

Nineteenth Lecture:
Otto P.N. Berkelbach van der Sprenkel, The Chinese Civil Service. 4 November 1957.
Reprinted in East Asian History 11 (June 1996).

Twentieth Lecture:
A.R. Davis, The Narrow Lane: Some Observations on the Recluse in Traditional Chinese Society. 19 November 1958.
Reprinted in East Asian History 11 (June 1996).

Twenty-first Lecture:
C.N. Spinks, The Khmer Temple of Prah Vihar. 6 October 1959.

Twenty-second Lecture:
Chen Chih-ma, Chinese Landscape Painting: The Golden Age. 5 October 1960.
ISBN n/a, 14pp.

Twenty-third Lecture:
L. Carrington Goodrich, China's Contacts with Other Parts of Asia in Ancient Times. 1 August 1961.

Twenty-fourth Lecture:
N. G. D. Malmqvist, Problems and Methods in Chinese Linguistics. 22 November 1962.

Twenty-fifth Lecture:
H.F. Simon, Some Motivations of Chinese Foreign Policy. 3 October 1963.

Twenty-sixth Lecture:
Wang Ling, Calender, Cannon and Clock in the Cultural Relations between Europe and China. 18 November 1964.

Twenty-seventh Lecture:
A. M. Halpern, Chinese Foreign Policy - Success or Failure?. 9 August 1962.

Twenty-eighth Lecture:
J. W. De Jong, Buddha's Word in China. 18 October 1962.
Reprinted in East Asian History 11 (June 1996).

Twenty-ninth Lecture:
J. D. Frodsham, New Perspectives in Chinese Literature. 23 July 1968.
ISBN 0 7081 0219 0, 38pp.

Thirtieth Lecture:
E. A. Huck, The Assimilation of the Chinese in Australia. 6 November 1969.
ISBN 0 7081 0265 4, 17pp.

Thirty-first Lecture:
K.A. Wittfogel, Agriculture: A Key to the Understanding of Chinese Society, Past and Present. 6 April 1970.

Thirty-second Lecture:
Igor de Rachewiltz, Prester John and Europe's Discovery of East Asia. 3 November 1971.
ISBN 0 7081 0173 9, 28pp.
Reprinted in East Asian History 11 (June 1996).

Thirty-third Lecture:
Eugene Kamenka, Marx, Marxism and China. 6 September 1972.

Thirty-fourth Lecture:
Liu Ts'un-yan, On the Art of Ruling a Big Country: Views of Three Chinese Emperors. 13 September 1973.
ISBN 0 7081 0405 3, 23pp.
Reprinted in East Asian History 11 (June 1996).

Thirty-fifth Lecture:
Jerome Ch'en, Peasant Activism in Contemporary China. 22 July 1974.

Thirty-sixth Lecture:
Yi-fu Tuan, Chinese Attitudes to Nature: Idea and Reality. 3 September 1975.

Thirty-seventh Lecture:
Lo Hui-min, The Tradition and Prototypes of the China-Watcher. 27 October 1976.
ISBN 0 9095 9632 8, 34pp.
Reprinted in East Asian History 11 (June 1996).

Thirty-eighth Lecture:
Roy Hofheinz, People, Places and Politics in Modern China. 17 August 1977.

Thirty-ninth Lecture:
Mark Elvin, Self-liberation and Self-immolation in Modern Chinese Thought. 13 September 1978.
ISBN 0 90959638 7, 32pp.

Fortieth Lecture:
Wang Gungwu, Power, Rights and Duties in Chinese History. 19 September 1979.
ISBN 0 9081 6049 6, 33pp.

Forty-first Lecture:
Fang Chao-ying, The Great Wall of China: Keeping Out or Keeping In? 5 June 1980.

Forty-second Lecture:
Tien Ju-K'ang, Moslem Rebellion in China: A Yunnan Controversy. 17 June 1981.
ISBN 0 8678 4060 9, 21pp.

Forty-third Lecture:
Alan Thorne, China and Australia: Fourth Thousand Years of Contact. 4 August 1982.

Forty-fourth Lecture:
Chan Hok-lam, Control of Publishing in China, Past and Present. 24 August 1983.
ISBN 0 8678 4355 1, 50pp.

Forty-fifth Lecture:
J. S. Gregory, The Chinese and Their Revolutions. 8 August 1984.
ISBN 0 8678 4548 1, 29pp.

Forty-sixth Lecture:
Allen S. Whiting, China and the World: Independence vs Dependence. 31 July 1985.
ISBN 0 8678 4714 X, 36pp.

Forty-seventh Lecture:
Pierre Ryckmans, The Chinese Attitude Towards the Past. 16 July 1986.
ISBN 0 8678 4959 2, 22pp.

Forty-eighth Lecture:
Jean Chesneaux, China in the Eyes of the French Intellectuals. 24 June 1987.
ISBN 0 7315 0393 7, 22pp.

Forty-ninth Lecture:
Ross Garnaut, China: One Country, Two Systems, 17 August 1988.
ISBN 0 7315 0803 3, 17pp.

Fiftieth Lecture:
Stephen Fitzgerald, Australia's China. 9 October 1989.
ISBN 0 7315 0814 9, 29pp.

Fifty-first Lecture:
Rafe de Crespigny, Man from the Margin: Cao Cao and the Three Kingdoms. 8 November 1990
ISBN 73151128X, 42pp.

Fifty-second Lecture:
Beverly Hoopper, Rethinking Contemporary China. 21 November 1991.
ISBN 731513401, 29pp.

Fifty-third Lecture:
Dalai Lama, Untitled Address. 8 May 1992.

Fifty-fourth Lecture:
William J. F. Jenner, A Knife in My Ribs for a Mate: Reflections on Another Chinese Tradition. 6 October 1993.
ISBN 0 7315 2179 X, 54pp.

Fifty-fifth Lecture:
Ramon Myers, The Socialist Marketplace in China: Fact or Fiction?. 8 November 1994
ISBN 0 7315 2180 3, 27pp.

Fifty-sixth Lecture:
Martin K. Whyte, City Versus Countryside in China's Development4 October 1995.
ISBN 0 7315 2301 6, 43pp.

Fifty-seventh Lecture:
Geremie Barmé, The Garden of Perfect Brightness. 10 December 1996.
Printed in East Asian History 11 (June 1996), 47pp.

Fifty-eighth Lecture:
Philip A. Kuhn, The Homeland: Thinking About the History of Chinese Overseas. 23 July 1997.
ISBN 0 7315 2301 6, 21pp.

Fifty-ninth Lecture:
Donald Leslie, The Integration of Religious Minorities in China: The Case of Chinese Muslims. 5 November 1998.
ISBN 0 7315 2301 6, 42pp.

Sixtieth Lecture:
T.H. Barrett, Edwardian Theatre and the Lost Shape of Asia: Some Remarks on Behalf of a Cinderella Subject. 9 August 1999.
ISBN 0 7315 2301 6, 30pp.
Printed in East Asian History 19 (June 2000).

Sixty-first Lecture:
Frederick Teiwes, Politics at the "Core": The Political Circumstances of Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin. 5 December 2000.
ISBN 0 7315 2301 6, 55pp.

Sixty-second Lecture:
Ezra F. Vogel, The China-Japan-US Triangle. 5 July 2001.
ISBN 0 7315 2301 6, 25pp.

Sixty-third Lecture:
Anita Chan, Globalization and China's 'Race to the Bottom' in Labour Standards. 24 July 2002.

Sixty-fourth Lecture:
Wen-hsin Yeh, Historian and Courtesan: Chen Yinke and the Writing of 'Liu Rushi Biezhuan'. 8 July 2003.

Sixty-fifth Lecture:
David Goodman, Reforming the Local, Constructing China: Place Identity in a North China Province. 22 November 2004.

Sixty-sixth Lecture:
John Minford, Tradition and Mischief in the Strange Tales of Pu Songling (1640-1715). 9 November 2005.

Sixty-seventh Lecture:
Scott Rozelle, Democracy, Tax Reform & the Development of China's Villages in Early 21st Century. 9 August 2006.

Sixty-eighth Lecture:
Dai Qing, 1948: How Peaceful was the Liberation of Beiping? 5 September 2007.

Sixty-ninth Lecture:
Jane Macartney, Reporting the Olympic Year. 22 October 2008.

Seventieth Lecture:
The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister of Australia, Australia and China in the World. 23 April 2010.

Seventy-first Lecture:
Børge Bakken, The Norms of Death: Capital Punishment in China. 1 December 2010.
View video online.

Seventy-second Lecture:
Linda Jaivin, Morrison's World. 13 July 2011.
View video online.

Seventy-third Lecture:
Mark Elliott, Reinventing the Manchus: An Imperial People in Post-Imperial China. 20 June 2012.
View video online.

Seventy-fourth Lecture:
Michael Nylan, New Perspectives on Han Urban Life. 26 June 2013.

Seventy-fifth Lecture:
Christine Wong, State of the Local State in China: Challenges for Xi Jinping and Beyond. 11 September 2014.

Seventy-sixth Lecture:
David Walker, Fathoming the Orient: Australian Narratives. 3 Septemeber 2015. View video online.

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