Lianbin Dai is a Sinologist by training with a D. Phil degree in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. His area of specialization is the cultural and social history of late imperial China (1368 – 1911). His research encompasses issues of traditional Chinese knowledge culture (especially history of the Chinese humanities as a whole). He has undertaken extensive studies ranging from textual scholarship to material culture. Before relocating to Victoria, BC, Canada with his family, he has held a series of teaching and research positions in York University (Toronto, Canada), University of Alberta (Edmonton), University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Harvard University, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany), and University of Oxford. For more information, please visit his personal website.
Dr. Dai enjoys working with students interested in East Asian cultures and civilizations, particularly Chinese history, philosophy and culture by intensively reading core texts and other primary verbal and visual materials (in English and/or Chinese).
D. Phil in Oriental Studies
University of Oxford
Lecturer in Chinese Studies
University of Victoria
York University, York Centre for Asian Research (Toronto, Canada)
Instructor in History
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Curator in the Mactaggart Art Collection
University of Alberta, the University of Alberta Museums
College Fellow in East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG, Berlin, Germany)
Consultant, Appraiser, Bibliographer of Chinese Bibliographical Documents
The University of British Columbia, Asian Library, and Rare Books & Special Collections (RBSC)
University of Oxford, Faculty of Oriental Studies
Review of Home and the World: Editing the “Glorious Ming” in Woodblock-Printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries by Yuming He (Cambridge, MA: The Harvard University Asia Center, distributed by Harvard University Press, 2013). The Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 77.2 (June): 415-17.
Review of Writing, Publishing, and Reading Local Gazetteers in Imperial China , 1100-1700 by Joseph Dennis (Cambridge, MA: The Harvard University Asia Center, distributed by Harvard University Press, 2015). Ming Studies (Fall) 74:72-86.
Review of The History of the Book in East Asia , edited by Cynthia Brokaw and Peter Kornicki (The History of the Book in the East Series. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2013). Library & Information History 30.4 (November): 297-99.