Flaminia Pischedda


Pembroke College


DPhil Oriental Studies

Thesis Title: 

Proposing an ‘Analytical Map’ for a New Assessment of the Shuzi Gua Corpus



Educational Background:

2018–  DPhil, Oriental Studies, Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

2017    MA, Oriental Studies, “La Sapienza” University of Rome.

2013    BA, Oriental Studies, “La Sapienza” University of Rome.

Research Interests:

  • Early Chinese divination, Yijing divination tradition and related texts
  • Chinese palaeography and manuscript culture
  • Early Chinese systems of thought
  • Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary studies

Broadly speaking, my research explores the different manifestations of early Chinese divination traditions and communities as seen from both newly retrieved palaeographical evidence and the received literary production. More specifically, my doctoral project, supervised by Prof. Dirk Meyer, focusses on the unearthed sources currently understood as all belonging to the shuzi gua 數字卦 (numerical divinatory symbol) corpus.

Other Activities:

May 2020 – Current: Board Member (treasurer), Early Text Culture, Oxford.

October 2019 – Current: Committee Member, Philiminality Oxford.

December 2019 – Current: Trained Peer Supporter, Pembroke College, Oxford.

July 2020 – June 2021: Graduate Training Assistant, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford.

November 2019 – June 2020: Welfare Representative, Pembroke College, Oxford.

June 2019 - November 2019: Welfare and Environmental Representative, Pembroke College, Oxford.

Recent Publications and/or Conferences:

2021. Writing Orality: Formulaic Language in the Oracle Bones Inscriptions. ETC HT21 Reading Group, Online (Zoom).

2020. Categorising Numbers: An Analytical Map for the Understanding of the Unearthed Material Related to Shuzi gua 數字卦. 29th annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. Columbia University, New York.

2019. Divinazione numerologica: una possibile mappa strutturale per la classificazione del materiale paleografico relativo agli Shuzi gua. XVIIth Conference of the Italian Association for Chinese Studies. Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice.

2019. Written on Bones and Bamboo: Traces of Numerological Divination in Pre-Imperial Palaeographical Material. Deciphering the Uncertain: Sociological & Epistemological Aspects of Divination in Early Text Cultures (convener). University of Oxford China Centre, Oxford.

2019. The Shifa: A Reconsideration of Early Chinese Milfoil Divination in the Light of Recent Archaeological Discoveries. WMTC Lunchtime Colloquia. The Queen's College, Oxford.

2018. Cosmos and Numbers: New Insights on the Early Chinese Cosmo-Philosophical Worldview Through the Analysis of Shuzi gua 數字卦. Textual Strategies for Elucidating the Universe. Pembroke College, Oxford.

Flaminia Pischedda