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Project Activities MC13.1

Conferences and Workshops

Conference "Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China"

Heidelberg KJC, Oct 4 - 6, 2013

Workshop "Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China"
Heidelberg KJC, Apr 27 - 28, 2012 - Workshop Programme Pdf

Colloqium "Powerful Arguments: Standards of Validity in Late Imperial Chinese Discourses"

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, May 14 - Jun 4, 2009 - Colloquium Programme Pdf

Guest lectures

Lin Chen-kuo (National Chengchi University), "What Can We Learn from Medieval Chinese Sources about Indian Buddhist Epistemology?" Karl Jaspers Centre, July 08, 2016.

Zeng Zhaoshi (Sun Yatsen University, Guangzhou), "Hetuvidyā Research in Twentieth-Century China." (Lecture in Chinese.) Karl Jaspers Centre, July 14, 2015.

Lisa Indraccolo (URPP Asia and Europe, University of Zurich), "'Rhetoric' in Early China: Case of Argumentation and Persuasion in Pre-Imperial and Early Imperial Literature." Karl Jaspers Centre, January 28, 2014.

Zhang Baichun (Institute for the History of Natural Science, Beijing), "Wang Zheng's 王徵 acceptance of European technical drawings in Qiqi Tushuo 奇器圖說 (1628)." Karl Jaspers Centre, December 02, 2013.

Tian Miao (Institute for the History of Natural Science, Beijing), "Evidential Scholarship and the transmission of Scientific knowledge to China." Karl Jaspers Centre, July 18, 2013.

Lü Lingfeng (Chinese University of Science and Technology, Hefei), "Victory at All Costs: Jesuit Manipulations of Astronomical Texts in Late Ming China." (Lecture in Chinese.) Karl Jaspers Centre, May 2013.

Ari Daniel Levine (University of Georgia), "Read-Write Memory: How to Translate Images of Early Modern Chinese Cityscape." Karl Jaspers Centre, July 2012.

Invited talks and conference papers

Joachim Kurtz

"From Heavenly Pattern to Universal Law: Rescaling Truth in Late Imperial China." Paper presented at the conference Scales of Knowledge: Zooming In and Zooming Out. Heidelberg University, October 2015.

"Zhang Shizhao and the Propagation of a ‘Logical Writing Style’ in Late Qing China." Invited paper presented at the conference Science as Knowledge, Ideal and Practice in Twentieth-century China, Charles University, Prague, November 2014.

"Rewriting the History of Chinese Logic: From the Chase for Theoretical Fragments to the Analysis of Argumentative Practices." Invited talk. Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, September 2014.

"Argumente um Leben und Tod: Rhetorik und Evidenz in qingzeitlichen Rechtsfällen" (Arguments on Life and Death: Rhetoric and Evidence in Qing Legal Cases). Invited talk. Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin, June 2014.

"Style and Reasoning: The Formation of a ‘Logical Writing Style’ in Late Qing China." Paper presented at the conference "Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China." Heidelberg University, October 2013.

"How to Write the History of Chinese Logic?" Invited talk. Soochow University, September 2013.

"De-modernizing the History of Chinese Logic." Invited talk. Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, September 2013.

"Framing Western Learning in Seventeenth-century China: Text and Paratext in Jesuit Writings." Invited talk. University of Hamburg, June 2013.

"De-modernizing the History of Chinese Logic." Invited paper presented at the conference “Cultures of Mathematics and Logic.” Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, November 2012.

"Feindliche Übernahme, 1683. Oder: Wie jesuitische Missionare versuchten, das chinesische Prüfungssystem zu unterwandern" (Hostile Takeover, 1683: Or, How Jesuit Missionaries Attempted to Infiltrate the Chinese Civil Examination System). Invited talk.  University of Bonn, May 2012.

"Style and Reasoning: As-yet Random Notes on the ‘Logical Style’ of Yan Fu and Zhang Shizhao." Paper presented at the workshop "Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China." Heidelberg University, April 2012.

"De-modernizing the History of Chinese Logic." Invited paper presented at the conference "How to Make the Peripheral ‘Mainstream’: Developments in the Historiography of Science." Université Paris Diderot, December 2011.

"Relocating Certainty: Philosophy, Science, and the Call for a New Epistemology in Late Qing China." Third Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context." Heidelberg University, October 2011.

"De-modernizing Chinese Logic." Plenary lecture at the XIIIth International Conference for the History of Science in East Asia, Chinese University of Science and Technology, Hefei, July 2011.

"De-modernizing Chinese Logic." Invited paper presented at the conference "What is Philosophy?" University of Zurich, January 2011.

"Teaching a New Style of Reasoning: Logic Textbooks in Late Qing China." Invited paper presented at the conference "The Transformation of Knowledge in Modern China." Institute for Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taibei, December 2010.

"Framing Western Knowledge in Seventeenth-Century China: Rhetorical Strategies in Jesuit Paratexts." Paper presented at the workshop “Paratexts in Late Imperial Chinese Book Culture.” Heidelberg University, October 2010.

"The Rhetoric of Trust: Science and Religion in Jesuit Paratexts." Invited paper presented at the symposium “Europe in China – China in Europe: Science and Technology as a Vehicle of Intercultural Dialogue.” BIIB, Zurich, June 2010.

"From the Discovery of a Discipline to the Invention of a Tradition, or: How ‘Chinese Logic’ Was Given Its History." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia, March 2010.

"Anatomy of a Textual Monstrosity: Dissecting the Mingli tan (De Logica, 1631)." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Phoenix, Arizona, November 2009.

Martin Hofmann

"大禹之西迹 – 以地图探讨古弱水的流域 (Yu’s Western Trace – Explaining the Ancient Ruoshui With Help of Maps)." Invited paper presented at the conference 历史地图专题研讨会 (Conference on Historical Cartography), Hangzhou, July 2014.

"Instructing Students, Instructing the Emperor – Some Remarks on Educational Function of Images in the Song Dynasty." Invited paper presented at the workshop "Mapping Physical and Cultural Landscapes: A Workshop Honoring the Career and Accomplishments of Thomas H.C. Lee," National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu, June 2014.

"Convincing at a Glance? The Power of Chinese Maps." Invited paper presented at the China Research Seminar, Cambridge University, January 2014.

"Was Bilder offenbaren - visuelle Wissensvermittlung im spätkaiserlichen China." Invited paper presented at Tübingen University, October 2013.

"The Persuasive Power of Tu: A Case Study on Commentaries to the Book of Documents." Paper presented at the international conference "Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China," Heidelberg University, October 2013.

"Mut zur Lücke? Zur Funktion von Bildern bei der Shangshu-Exegese." Paper presented at the 32. Deutscher Orientalistentag, Münster, September 2013.

"Arguments with Maps – The Example of the Heishui." Paper presented at the workshop "Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China," Heidelberg University, April 2012.

"Cartographic Persuasion: Interpretations of the Tribute of Yu in Song Dynasty Maps." Paper presented at the AAS/ICAS Conference, Honolulu, April 2011.

"Völlig verdreht? Xu Wenjings Karten zum Yugong." Paper presented at the China-AG Tagung, Münster, February 2011.

"Visual Arguments - The Function of Maps in the Debate on the 'Tribute of Yu'." Paper presented at the Convention of the Modern Language Association, Los Angeles, January 2011.

"Mit falschen Karten? Überlegungen zur Bedeutung von Authentizität bei Illustrationen am Beispiel von Hu Weis (1633-1714) 'Yugong zhuizhi'." Paper presented at the Jahrestagung der Deutschen Vereinigung für Chinastudien, Heidelberg, November 2010.

"Tracing the Blackwater - Historical maps on a Mythical River in the Western Periphery of China." Invited paper presented at the workshop "L'Asie Orientale dans les traditions cartogrphiques asiatiques et occidentales: différences, interrelations, interactions." CNRS-EHESS, Paris, November 2010.

"Mapping Arguments – The Debate on the ‘Three Jiang’ in Late Imperial China." Paper presented at the Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, Riga, July 2010.

"The Lasting Impact of the Yu the Great – Traditional Chinese Spatial Concepts in Supra-regional Maps from the 12th to the 18th Century." Invited paper presented at the conference "Visual Representations in Pre-modern and Non-Western Science and Technology." Hsinchu, Taiwan, December 2009.

"Frag-würdige Probleme – Chen Dayous (1198-1250) Bemühen um ein korrektes Verständnis des Shangshu." Paper presented at the Jahrestagung der Deutschen Vereinigung fur Chinastudien, München, November 2009.  

 

Andrea Bréard

"Gaming and Divination." Invited paper presented at the international conference "The Mantic Arts in China." Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung, Erlangen, July 2016.

"Searching the Truth Through Numerical Facts. The Changing Role of Numbers in Early 20th Century China." Invited lecture at the CCK International Sinological Center at Charles University. Prague, April 2016.

"Argumentation par les nombres: les statistiques en Chine." Invited paper presented at the Colloquium "La statistique publique, point de rencontre entre sphère publique et sphère privée." CIERA Université de Lille 3, Lille, January 2016.

"Do Numbers Need History? And if so, How Many?" Invited paper presented at the Colloquium "History of Exact Sciences." ETH Zürich, January 2016.

"A mathematician’s gaze on conics: Looking globally, solving locally." Paper presented at the Annual conference "Scales of Knowledge: Zooming In and Zooming Out." Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg, October 2015.

"Language Mathematized: Some Reflections on Conceptual Entanglements across Disciplines" Invited paper presented at the conference "Concepts in Transition: Modes and Effects of Change." URPP Asia and Europe and Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies – Chinese Studies, University of Zurich, September 2015.

"Comment quantifier le hasard? Numérologie et rationalité des jeux de dominos en Chine" Invited paper presented at the "Journée d’étude sur le hasard et les jeux de hasard." Collège de France, Paris, May 2014.

"Data Management and Knowledge Production in late Qing Archives. Or, What’s New in a Number?" Invited paper presented at the workshop "Numbers from the Bottom Up." Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, March 2014.

"Algorithmes et arguments d’analogie dans les problèmes de mesurage en Chine." Invited paper presented at the conference "Pratiques algorithmiques dans les mathématiques pré-algébriques." Centre Alexandre Koyré (CNRS), Paris, March 2014.

"Euclid in China - Mission: Impossible ?" CIUHCT Lecture at the workshop "Interpreting Euclid in the Early Modern World." Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia, Lisbon, January 2014.

"Inductive Arguments in Chinese Mathematical Writings: ‘Proving’ Rhetorically and Visually that Algorithms Work." Paper presented at the international conference "Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China." Karl Jaspers Centre, Heidelberg, October 2013.

"Mathematics in Late Imperial China: Balancing Tradition and Modernity." Invited paper presented at the symposium "History of Modern Mathematics and Theoretical Physics." Johannes-Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, June 2013.

"Numbers in China. Global Concepts and Local Narratives." Guest lecture. University of Zürich, April 2013.

"‘Social statistics have no merit for theoretical study’. Conflicting and complementary views on statistics in late Imperial China" Invited paper presented at the conference "From Mixed to Applied Mathematics: Tracing an important dimension of mathematics and its history." Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, March 2013.

"How analogy played a trick on Liu Hui." Paper presented at the "Séminaire d’histoire des mathématiques (projet ALGO)." Centre Alexandre Koyré (CNRS), Paris, February 2013.

 

Manuel Sassmann

"Ouyi Zhixu's Way of Refutation." Paper presented at the international conference "Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China," Heidelberg University, October 2013.

Project-related teaching

Summer Term 2016

  • Joachim Kurtz: "Knowledge on the Move: Science and Thought between Asia and Europe"
  • Andrea Bréard: "Numbers and Narratives: Dominoes in China"

Winter Term 2015/2016

  • Joachim Kurtz: "Philosophical Encounters between Asia and Europe"

Summer Term 2015

  • Andrea Bréard: "The Search for a Universal Language"

Winter Term 2014/2015

  • Joachim Kurtz: "Sites of Knowledge in Asia and Europe"
  • Helena Jaskov: "Maps and Meaning: Interpretations of Spatial Knowledge"

Summer Term 2014

  • Andrea Bréard: "Merging knowledge traditions: Jesuit science and philosophy in early modern China"
  • Andrea Bréard: "Quantification in Public & Scientific Discourse in the 19th & 20th Centuries: Numbers and objectivity in demography, eugenics, and political arguments"
  • Andrea Bréard: "What counts in gaming and divination? Readings in Chinese pre-modern number-art (shushu) literature"

Winter Term 2013/2014

  • Joachim Kurtz: "Science in China, 1600-1900"

Summer Term 2013

  • Joachim Kurtz: "Political Philosophy in 20th Century China"
  • Martin Hofmann: "Visualizing Knowledge: Maps, Diagrams, and Technical Drawings from a Transcultural Perspective"

Winter Term 2012/2013

  • Joachim Kurtz: "What is – and is there – 'Chinese Logic'?"

Winter Term 2011/12

  • Joachim Kurtz: "Knowledge on the Move - Science and Thought between Asia and Europe"

Winter Term 2010/11

  • Joachim Kurtz: "The 'Chinese Origins of Western Learning': Anatomy of a Discourse"
  • Martin Hofmann, David Mervart: "Shifting Horizons: Historical Notions of Space in East Asia"
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