Chao, Gejin

Chao Gejin (Chogjin) is a Mongolian from Hohhot, received his Ph.D. in Folklore from Beijing Normal University. He serves as Senior Researcher as well as Director of Institute of Ethnic Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Board Member of the Graduate School of CASS. He also acts as President of China Ethnic Literature Society (CELS), President of China Folklore Society (CFS), and Vice President of Conseil international de la philosophie et des sciences humaines (CIPSH) / International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (ICPHS), as well as editorial board member of several journals, including Oral Tradition (in the U.S.), Folklore Studies, Forum on Folk Culture, Cultural Heritage, Studies of Ethnic Literature, Annuals of Chinese Literature, and Leading-edge Reports on Humanities and Social Science in China, amongst others. He specializes in Oral Tradition, focusing on Mongolian epic singing. He conducted fieldwork in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia and his many essays and papers appeared in a wide spectrum of journals. He published a book entitled Oral Poetics: Formulaic Diction of Arimpil's Jangar Singing (2000), a field study report entitled The Heroic Songs of the Past: Fieldnotes on the Oirat Mongolian Epic Tradition (2004), and his Chinese translation from John M. Foley's work The Theory of Oral Composition: History and Methodology came to Chinese readers' view in 2000, and its revised edition is coming soon. He is also the co-editor of Menggu Yingxiong Shishi Da Xi (Great Collection of the Mongolian Heroic Epic, 4 volumes, 2007-2009, in Mongolian).


Presentation topic: Disciplining Epic Studies in China