Don't Mind the Gap: Sinology as an Art of In‐Betweenness

Philosophy Compass 10 (2):91-103 (2015)
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Abstract

Sinology is like a Chinese ritual dance: the key is not the movement, but rather the positions , the moments of non-action ‘in between’, that make rhythm and transformation possible. Sinology itself occupies an in-between position in the landscape of academic disciplines, though it is not the only one to undertake this dance, as various disciplines engage themselves into a similar quest. Its distinctiveness as intellectual inquiry is to point at intervals, interstices, gaps, cracks, pauses, poses, in-between moments or zones in culture and human life. In that sense, Sinology does ‘mind’ gaps

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