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Shalong in Honor of Rudolf Wagner

May 10, 2017

In honor of Prof. Dr. Rudolf G. Wagner, former Co-Director at the Cluster “Asia and Europe", a Shalong discussion was held on Friday, May 12, to celebrate his 75th birthday. It took place at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Transcultural Studies.

The shalong - Chinese for salon - started with a welcome by Acting Director Prof. Axel Michaels and a gratulatory greeting by Prof. Gerrit Kloss, the Dean of the Philosophical Faculty. The event brought together eminent scholars, including the Egyptologist Prof. Jan Assmann, the Japanologist Prof. Hans-Martin Krämer and the Sinologist Prof. Michael Lackner, who were introduced by Prof. Barbara Mittler. The scholars presented their reflections on Rudolf Wagner’s book “Reenacting the Heavenly Vision: The Role of Religion in the Taiping Rebellion”. Their presentations were followed by a response from the author, Prof. Wagner, himself and a discussion with the guests of the shalong. The festive event was rounded off by words from Prof. Monica Juneja and a reception.

Prof. Dr. Rudolf G. Wagner is a former Co-Director of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows”. Furthermore, he is a Senior Professor of Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University.

His book “Reenacting the Heavenly Vision: The Role of Religion in the Taiping Rebellion” discusses the transcultural phenomenon of the Christian-inspired Taiping Rebellion in the mid-19th century which almost made the Qing-Empire collapse. It was published in 1982 by the University of California, Berkeley.


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