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Pablo Blitstein

Academic Staff

Position

  • Since 2013: Akademischer Mitarbeiter (Research and teaching scholar) at the Chair of Intellectual History, Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” Heidelberg University, Germany.
  • 2012 (September) - 2013 (January): Chargé de cours (Lecturer), INALCO, Paris, France.
  • 2011 (September) - 2013 (March): Attaché temporaire d’enseignement et de recherche (ATER, Research and teaching assistant) at the Chaire d’Histoire Intellectuelle de la Chine (Chair of Chinese Intellectual History), Collège de France, Paris, France.
  • 2009-2013: Research scholar and lecturer of the CEMECH, UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 2008 (October) - 2011 (September): Allocataire-Moniteur (lecturer and research scholar) at the INALCO, Paris, France.

Contact information

Email:
pablo.blitstein@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de

About Pablo Blitstein

Pablo Blitstein joined the chair of Intellectual History in 2013 with a project on the relation between text circulation, travel experiences and political imagination in late imperial and early republican China (19th-20th centuries). His research interests are global and conceptual history, with a special focus on the history of writing and political institutions. He has held teaching and research positions at the Collège de France and at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO, France), and he has been visiting scholar at the Si-mian Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, the University of Zürich, the University of Sichuan, and the University Candido Mendes. He studied ancient Greek and Roman Literature and Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA, Argentina) and Chinese history at the INALCO, where he completed his Ph.D. dissertation in early medieval Chinese history. He has also conducted research at the National Taiwan University and Peking University. He is co-founder and co-organizer of the Chinese history section of the Research Centre on the Slavic and Chinese Worlds (CEMECH) at the University of San Martín (Argentina). Pablo is the author of Les Fleurs du royaume. Savoirs lettrés et pouvoir impérial en Chine (Ve-VIe siècles), Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2015, and of several articles and book chapters in English, French, and Spanish.

Projects

Curriculum vitae

Education

25th May 2012: Ph.D. at the INALCO (Institut National de Langues et Civilisations Orientales). Supervisors: Anne Cheng (Collège de France, Paris) and François Martin (EPHE, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris). Title of the dissertation: “L’art politique du texte. Savoirs lettrés et pouvoir impérial dans la Chine du Sud aux Ve-VIe siècles” (“The political art of texts. Literate knowledge and imperial power in 5th-6th century Southern China”). Summa cum laude (“très honorable avec les felicitations du jury à l’unanimité”)

2008 (June): M.A. at the INALCO. Supervisors: Catherine Despeux (INALCO) and Valérie Lavoix (INALCO). Summa cum laude (“mention très bien”)

2007 (June): Maîtrise (=first year of M.A.) at the INALCO. Supervisor: Valérie Lavoix. Summa cum laude (“mention très bien”)

2006: Licenciatura (=first year of M.A.) in Ancient Roman and Greek Philology at the UBA (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2000: Bachelor in Humanities at the CNBA (Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires), UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Grants and Awards

2011 (July): Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Fellowship for Ph. D. dissertations. 

2008 (October) – 2011 (September): Allocation de recherche (Research allocation), doctoral contract with the Ministry of Education of France, granted by the INALCO, Paris, France.

2004-2005: Scholarship to spend an academic year at the NTU (Guoli Taiwan daxue, 國立臺灣大學, National Taiwan University), Taipei, Republic of China, granted by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China.

2001: Award for the best average mark in Latin, CNBA, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Research experience and participation in collective projects

2016-: Scientific coordinator of the project “East Asian Uses of the European Past: Tracing Braided Chronotypes,” HERA, European Union. PI: Joachim Kurtz; PLs: Martin Dusinberre (University of Zurich), Leigh Jenco (LSE, London), and Taciana Fisac (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

2013-2016: Scientific Coordinator of the research group “Towards a Global History of Concepts” (MC5), directed by Joachim Kurtz, Rudolf Wagner, Monica Juneja and Dhruv Raina. Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” Heidelberg University, Germany.

2010-2013: Co-director of the research project “América latina y China: ¿qué lectura puede englobarlas?” (“Latin America and China: what approach could encompass both of them”), CEMECH (Centro de Estudios de los Mundos Eslavo y Chino, Research Centre of Slavic and Chinese Worlds), UNSAM (Universidad Nacional de San Martín, National University of San Martín), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Since 2010:  Member of the research project “Individus, groupes humains et société dans le Haut Moyen Âge chinois” (“Individuals, human groups and society in early medieval China”), supervised by François Martin et Damien Chaussende. Four-year research project at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Paris, France. 

2010: Member of the research project “Formation des identités culturelles dans le monde sinisé: vulgarisation, lieux communs, modèles” (“Formation of cultural identities in the sinicized world: vulgarization, common topics, models”), supervised by Vincent Durand-Dastès et Valérie Lavoix. Four-year research project at the CEC (Centre d’Études Chinoises), INALCO, Paris, France.

2010 (February-April): Two-month research at Peking University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

2009 (February – April): Two-month research at Peking University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

2008 (February): One-month research at Peking University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

2005 (November): One-month research at Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.), United States of America.

2004-2006: Member of the research project “El procedimiento civil romano en el escenario de la comedia plautina”, UBACyT D 021.2004-2007, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Since 2002: Member of the GEEA (Grupo de Estudios sobre el Este Asiático, Research Group about East Asia), IIGG (Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani, Gino Germani Research Institute), Faculty of Social Sciences, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2002-2004: Member of the section “Asia and Africa” of the Juan B. Ambrosetti Ethnographical Museum, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Guest lectureships

2016 (October-November) : Si-mian Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, East China Normal University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.

2015 (3-8 May): Universidade Candido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Courses: “Chinese Intellectuals between Reform and Revolution,” and “The Roots of Socialist and Marxist Traditions in China.”

2015 (14 September-4 October): UFSP Asien und Europa, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Course title: “A socio-spatial genealogy of the modern concept of “politics” in late nineteenth-early twentieth century China. Conceiving “Politics” Between East Asia, Europe and the Americas.”

2015 (5-11 July): Sichuan University, Chengdu, People’s Republic of China. Course title: “Defining “politics:” a cross-historical perspective.”

Teaching experience

Since 2013: fortnightly seminar (in German) to discuss the work of Joachim Kurtz’s Ph. D. students (in German). Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2016 (April-July): “Literature”, a Strange Institution: Rethinking the History of a Concept in the 19th – 20th Century World,” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2015-2016 (October-February): “A History of the Concept of ‘Politics’ in the Modern world (late 19th-early 20th centuries),” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2015 (April-July): “A spatial history of Chinese institutions in 19th-20th century China.” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2014-2015 (October-February): One-semester course: philological commentary on texts in classical Chinese. Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2014-2015 (October-February): “Insiders and Outsiders: Producing Political Institutions in late 19th and early 20th century China.” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany

2014 (March-July): “The Order of Writing: Institutional Transformation and the Reconfiguration of Writing Patterns in 19th -20th century China,” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany

2013-2014 (October-February): “Political knowledge and the making of the State in a cross-historical perspective,” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2012-2013 (October-January): One-semester course on Chinese history for undergraduate students at the INALCO, Paris, France. In collaboration with Pénélope Riboud.

2012-2013 : Organizer of the monthly seminar of the ChADocs (Chercheurs associés et doctorants du Collège de France). Collège de France, Paris, France.

2011-2012 : Organizer of the monthly seminar of the ChADocs (Chercheurs associés et doctorants du Collège de France). Collège de France, Paris, France.

2011 (April-June): “Cómo hacer un Estado con palabras: Texto y política en China imperial” (“How to do a State with words: text and politics in imperial China”), seminar for Master and Ph. D. students, CEMECH, UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2010 (October-December): One-semester course on methodology (writing techniques) for undergraduate students at the INALCO, Paris, France.

2010 (October-December): One-semester course on methodology in humanities and social sciences (topic: “Yu Yingshi and historical research”) at the INALCO, Paris, France.

2010 (July-September): “Max Weber y el letrado chino” (Max Weber and Chinese literati), 30-hour seminar for M.A. and Ph. D. students of the UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2010 (August): “Tradiciones letradas: jesuitas y letrados en la China de los Ming (1368-1644)”(“Literate traditions: Jesuits and literati in Ming China”), seminar for M.A. and Ph. D. students of the UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In collaboration with Ana Hosne.

2009 (October-January): One-semester course on methodology in humanities and social sciences for undergraduate students in their third year at the INALCO, Paris, France.

2009 (August): “Modernidades perdidas: la vía china del Imperio al post-comunismo” (“Lost modernities: the Chinese way from the Empire to post-communism”), 30-hour seminar for graduate (M.A. and Ph. D.) students of the UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In collaboration with Solange Guo Chatelard.

2008 (October): One-semester course on methodology (topic: “The ‘alterity’ of China”) for undergraduate students at the INALCO, Paris, France. In collaboration with Guillaume Dutournier. 

2004: Associate lecturer at the chair “China, Corea, Japón: una mirada historica, política y cultural del Este Asiático” (“China, Korea, Japan: a historical, political and cultural approach to East Asia”), Faculty of Social Sciences, UBA, Argentina.

Lectures, International Conferences, Workshops, and Presentations in Seminars

Lectures

2016 (27 October) : "East Asian Uses of the European Past", Si-mian Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, East China Normal University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.

2015 (23 September): “The Court and the Nation: Patterns of Conceptual Change between Beijing and Mexico in the early 20th century,” UFSP Asien und Europa, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

2015 (25 March): “Political parties and the experience of the Chinese reformers in the Americas,” University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, USA.

2014 (9 April): “Porfirio Díaz between Mexico and China: some Reflections on a Trans-Pacific Discourse about Rulership – from Justo Sierra to Kang Youwei,” David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.), USA.

2011 (26 May): “¿Podemos hablar de una ‘historia de la literatura china’? Texto y política en Jiankang (Nanjing) a fines del siglo V” (Can we talk about “Chinese literary history? Text and politics in Jiankang (Nanjing) at the end of the 5th century”), Programa de Estudios Asiáticos (Research Program on Asian Studies), Facultad de Historia, Geografía y Ciencia Política (Faculty of History, Geography and Political Science), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Catholic University of Chile), Santiago de Chile, Chile.

2011 (17 May): “¿Qué es la crítica literaria en China ? Una reflexión sobre el pensamiento literario en China ayer y hoy” (“What is literary criticism in China? Some thoughts on Chinese literary thought yesterdays and today”), Cátedra de Historia de Asia y África (Chair of African and Asian History) and IRI (Institute of International Relations), UNLP (University of La Plata), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2010 (10 September): “La institución política del texto: producción de textos y representaciones del poder político en China medieval” (The political institution of texts: text production and representations of political power in Medieval China”), IRI, UNLP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Conferences and workshops

2016 (1 July): “The Concept of ‘Culture” Between Court Politics and Financial Politics. Kang Youwei Between China and Mexico, 1898-1911,” workshop “After Eurocentrism, Beyond Decentring: Themes and Methodologies for an Interdisciplinary History of Ideas,” South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Organized by Benjamin Zachariah and Hans Harder.

2016 (20 May): “From Factions to Parties? Methodological Nationalism and the Conceptualization of Political Groups in Late 19th and Early 20th-century Chinese speaking Worlds,” International Conference “Begriffsgeschichte as Global Concept and Travelling Theory,” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany. Organized by Pablo Blitstein, Monica Juneja et Joachim Kurtz.

2016 (9 April): “History and Genealogy: The Status of Biographical Writing in Early Medieval Historiography,” International Workshop “New Approaches to the Study of Biographical Writing in Early Medieval China,” University of Leipzig, Germany. Organized by the Medieval China Society.

2015 (23 octobre): Discussant of the panel “The Teleological Trap” at the workshop “Snapshots of Change. Assessing Social Transformations in Qualitative Research,” UFSP Asien und Europa, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

2015 (7 October): “The scales of ‘national’ politics: the “Chinese nation” and the scope of political action in early 20th century China.” Panel: “National, Local and Global Scales in the Study of Modern East Asia,” organized by myself with Steven Ivings (Heidelberg) and Martin Dusinberre (Zurich). Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2015 (12 May): “The Role of the Master Disciple Relation in Medieval Chinese Political Institutions,” Conference on the History and Culture of Early Medieval China, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

2015 (28 March): “Building the people: the aesthetic dimensions of a new political language,” Conference of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), Chicago, USA. Panel “New Uses of the Past in a Global Age,” organized by Leigh Jenco (LSE), with Geremie Barme, Peter Zarrow and William Callahan.

2015 (9 January): “From Ornament to Literature,” presentation at the workshop “Translating Knowledge: Asia-Europe (16th-19th centuries).” Organized by Antonella Romano and Ana Hosne, Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris. In collaboration with the “Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’.”

2015 (28 March): “Building the people: the aesthetic dimensions of a new political language,” presentation at the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), Chicago, USA. Panel “New Uses of the Past in a Global Age,” organized by Leigh Jenco (LSE). Participants: Geremie Barmé, Peter Zarrow and William Callahan.

2014 (5-7 December): presentation at the workshop “Early Medieval China,” CHINET project team, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

2014 (14 May): “Some reflections on the genealogy of ‘literature’ in China,” presentation at the workshop organized by Joachim Kurtz and Fabian Heubel (Academia Sinica), “Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2014 (26 June): “From court politics to financial politics: Kang Youwei and his Mexican New China,” presentation at the conference “Chinese Ways of Thinking,” organized by Leigh Jenco (LSE, Londres) and Gloria Davis (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia), London School of Economics (LSE), London, UK.

2014 (29 March): “Administrative and Poetic Writing: Discourses on Writing and Political Institutions in Medieval and Later Imperial China,” presentation at the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), Philadelphia, USA. Panel: “Rhetorical Approaches to Imperial China,” organized by Zeb Raft (University of Alberta). Participants: Jack Chen (UCLA), Yuming He (UC Davis) and David Schaberg (UCLA).

2013 (23 November): “The art of producing a catalogue,” presentation at the workshop “On the treatises in the official histories written in Tang China,” organized by Karine Chemla (CNRS), Damien Chaussende (CNRS) et Zhu Yiwen (ERC Project SAW).

 2013 (30 August): “Kang, Díaz y las imágenes de la modernidad,” presentation at the conference “Imágenes de China,” organized by the Departamento de Lengua y Literatura y el Magíster en Estudios de la Imagen de la Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile, Chile.

2013 (30 mai): “Y a-t-il des frontières entre l’officiel et le personnel en Chine médiévale ? Lettres et documents administratifs des Ve-VIIe siècles,” presentation at the research group “Individus, groupes humains et société dans le haut Moyen Âge chinois,” directed by François Martin.

2012 (1 December): “Some reflections on the organization of knowledge in early Tang China: “compilations” in the bibliographical treatise of the Book of Sui,” presentation at the “Workshop on Li Chunfeng and on the treatises in the official histories written in Tang China”, organized by Karine Chemla (CNRS), Damien Chaussende (CNRS) and Zhu Yiwen (SPHERES) (ERC Project SAW, CNRS).

2012 (8 September): “Writing and political legitimacy in the Wenxin diaolong or Reading the early medieval elites through the Wenxin diaolong”, European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS), panel “Uncarving the Dragon: Retrospective and Prospective Views on Wenxin diaolong”, organized by Marie Bizais et Valérie Lavoix.

2012 (26 April): “Savoirs lettrés et pouvoir impérial dans la Chine du Sud aux Ve - VIe siècles” (“Literate knowledge and imperial power in 5th-6th century Southern China”), annual conference of the ChaADocs (Chercheurs associés et doctorants du Collège de France, Association of scholars and Ph. D. candidates of the Collège de France), Collège de France, Paris, France.

2012 (3 April): “The conditions for a comparison: reflections at the crossroads of sinological and Latin American studies”, conference “Life configurations” organized by the UNSAM, by the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften from Leipzig, by the Technische Universität Dresden and by Transzendenz und Gemeinsinn at Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2011 (2 December): “Patronage et frontières de groupe: Wang Jian et la consolidation collective d’une autorité lettrée” (Patronage and group boundaries: Wang Jian and the consolidation of literate authority), panel “Portraits de groupes: représentations collectives et séries de personnages en Chine et en Extrême Orient”, organized by Valérie Lavoix et Vincent Durand-Dastès pour le Centre d’Études Chinoises (CEC–ASIEs), Institut National de Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris.

2011 (24 June): “Letterati, letrados or shi (士): what’s in a name? Reflections on the concept of letterati and its circulation throughout the Early Modern World”, panel “The Global Dimensions of European Knowledge, 1450-1700”, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom. In collaboration with Ana Hosne.

2010 (3 June): “From Wang Jian to Shen Yue: Literature and ‘moral qualification’ in the political culture of 5th and 6th century Southern China,“ 1st International Conference on Specific Topics in Chinese Studies, Department of Asian and African Studies, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.  

2010 (30 Mars): “Maks Veber i kitaiskie obriady: metodologicheskaia kritika” (Max Weber and Chinese rites: methodological critique), presentation at the conference “Obshchestvo i gosudarstvo v Kitae” (Society and State in China), Academy of Sciences of Russia, Moscow, Russia.

2006 (13 June): “La noción de verdad en literatura para Liu Xie” (The notion of truth in literature for Liu Xie), presentation in the national conference ALADAA (Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudios de Asia y África en Argentina), Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

2005 (28 September): “Plauto y la manumisión vindicta” (Plautus and manumission uindicta), presentation in the panel “Las metáforas cristalizadas en la literatura griega y latina”, USAL (Universidad del Salvador), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Presentations in seminars

2016 (15 April): Presentation of my book Les Fleurs du royaume. Seminar of the Grupo de Estudios del Este Asiático, IIGG, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2016 (4 April): “Le Ciel, le mandat, le destin : quelques réflexions sur la notion de ‘Mandat céleste’ dans la Chine impériale.” Presentation at the seminar “Approches comparées du destin : le lot, la part, le lien,” organisé par Cléo Carastro, Caterina Guenzi, Silvia d’Intino, and Frédérique Ildefonse, EHESS (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Paris, France.

2016 (12 February): Discussion of Sebastian Conrad’s article “Enlightenment in Global History: A Historiographical Critique.” Presentation at the seminar “Historiographie des lumières,” organized by Silvia Sebastiani and Antoine Lilti, EHESS, Paris, France.

2016 (8 February): Presentation of the book project “From the ornament of virtue to the ornament of the nation.” Presentation at the seminar “Lettrés sous les Song,” organized by Alain Arrault, Stéphane Feuillas, and Christian Lamouroux, University Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France.

2015 (9 March): Discussant at the seminar “La représentation en Chine (conceptions impériales et représentation des travailleurs migrants en Chine contemporaine,” organized by the research group GRePo, Association Française de Science Politique, EHESS, Paris.

2015 (13 February): “Maître reel, maître imaginaire,” presentation at the seminar of the group “épistémé” for the project “Lieux de savoir 3,” organized by Christian Jacob, Centre Koyré, Paris.

2011 (10 June): “¿Existe la historia de la literatura china? Una sociología política de la escritura” (“Does ‘Chinese literary history’ exist? A political sociology of writing”), GEEA, IIGG, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2011 (4 mars): “Writing and Administration in Fifth and Sixth-Century Southern China”, Creel Center Lecture, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, United States of America.

2009 (23 September): “Literatura y legitimación política en las Dinastías del Sur (420-589): el grupo de los ‘Ocho Amigos del Príncipe de Jingling’” (Literature and political legitimacy in the Southern Dynasties (420-589): the group of the Eight Friends of the Prince of Jingling), GEEA, IIGG, Faculty of Social Sciences, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2009 (28 September): “Les intérêts de Pei Ziye: orthodoxie et positionnement social sous les Qi (479-502)” (Pei Ziye’s interests: orthodoxy and social position under the Qi, 479-502), conference “L’autre utile en Chine” (The useful other in China), CEC, INALCO, Paris, France.

2008 (13 August): “El letrado chino: dos proyectos político-religiosos” (The Chinese literati: two political and religious projects”), IRI, UNLP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2009 (2 and 17 August): Cycle of conferences “Literatura y política en China medieval” (Literature and politics in medieval China), Cátedra de Historia de Asia y África and IRI, UNLP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2008 (22-23 April): Presentation of my M. A. dissertation at the “China Research Workshop,” University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

2007 (22 August): “Naturaleza humana, política y ritual” (“Human nature, politics and ritual”), IRI, UNLP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2006 (15 September): “El lugar de la escritura en el cosmos según Liu Xie” (“The place of writing in the cosmos according to Liu Xie”), presentation in the annual seminar of the GEEA, IIGG, Faculty of Social Sciences, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2006 (21 July): “Elementos culturales para la comprensión del paisaje tradicional en China” (“Cultural elements for the understanding of the traditional landscape in China”), UTDT (Torcuato di Tella University), Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Other academic activities

Evaluation of international research projects

2016: remote evaluator for the ERC (European research council)

Organization of conferences, workshops, and panels

2016 (19-21 May): Coorganizer of the Conference “Begriffsgeschichte as a Concept and Travelling Theory,” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” Karl Jaspers Centre, Heidelberg, Germany.

2015 (7 October): Coorganizer of the panel “National, Local and Global Scales in the Study of Modern East Asia,” with Steven Ivings (Heidelberg) and Martin Dusinberre (Zurich). Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany

2015 (8 June): Coorganizer of the workshop “Towards a Global History of Concepts,” Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

2015: Participation in the scientific conception of the annual conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” entitled “Scales of Knowledge: Zooming In and Zooming Out.” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2015: Participation in the conception and organization of the retreat of research area C, “Knowledge Systems,” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2013: Participation in the organization of the summer school “Sites of Knowledge: Space, Locality, and Circulation between Asia and Europe,” Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” University of Heidelberg, Germany.

2012-2013: Co-organizer of the first annual conference of PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres), Paris, France.

Scientific positions

2015: Member of the consultative board of the sino-brazilian centre of Chinese and Latin-American studies organized by the Universidade Candido Mendes (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the East China Normal University (Shanghai, People’s Republic of China).

Since 2015: Member of the European Network of Scholars of Early Medieval China organized by the CHINET project team, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Since 2013: Member of the editorial board of Sinopolis, Paris, France.

2012: Member of the board of the ChADocs (Association of Ph.D. Candidates and Associated Scholars of the Collège de France).

2003-2004: Member of the editorial board of “Bazar Americano,” website of the academic journal Punto de Vista, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Editing activities

Since 2016: Co-editing of Knowledge, Space, and Circulation: Transcultural Reconfigurations Between Asia and Europe. London/New York/Heidelberg: Springer (forthcoming). 

2012: Editing of Lectures et usages de la Grande Étude, dir. by Anne Cheng and ed. by Damien Morier-Genoud, Paris : IHEC-Collège de France, 2015.

2008 (April-May): Revision and normalization of the transcriptions in the Spanish translation of the Yijing for the publishing house Libros Cúpula (Scyla s.a., Grupo Planeta), Barcelona, Spain. In collaboration with Maialen Marín Lacarta.

2003: Correction of the Diccionario de Arquitectura en Argentina (Dictionary of Architecture in Argentina), Jorge F. Liernur and Fernando Aliata (ed.), Buenos Aires, AGEA, 2004, 6 vols.

Memberships

European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS)

Association of Asian Studies (AAS)

Other academic activities

2015: External reviewer for the journal 452ºF (articles in Spanish and Portuguese).

Since 2013: Preparation of oral exams for master students (in German)

2012 (April): Organization of the conferences given by Anne Cheng (Collège de France, Paris) at the CEMECH, UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2012 (January-present): Organization of the Chinese book collection of the CEMECH, UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2012 (February 16 and 22): Translator and interpreter Chinese-French for Prof. Dr. Dong Xiaoping 董晓萍 (Normal Peking University) in two seminars organized by Christian Lamouroux at the EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Paris, France. In collaboration with Guillaume Dutournier.

Since 2009: Co-organizer of the Chinese section of the CEMECH, UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2007: Research for the database SAGACE (online Chinese dictionary), UMR 8563, supervised by Hilary Chappell, CRLAO (Centre de Recherches Linguistiques de l’Asie Orientale, Center of Linguistic Research of Eastern Asia), CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, National Center of Scientific Research), Paris, France.

2000-2001: First reader at the publishing house Sudamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Language skills

N.B.: The order in each category follows the proficiency level of each language, from the highest level of proficiency at the top to the lowest at the bottom. For modern languages, the specific skills within each language are provided on the right.

a)      Modern Languages:

Spanish mother language

English I read and understand, write and speak

French I read and understand, write and speak

Chinese I read and understand, write and speak

German I read and understand, write and speak

Italian I read and understand; written: intermediate; spoken: intermediate

Russian I read and understand; written: intermediate.

Portuguese I read and understand 

Japanese I read and understand (competent to read sources and academic texts)

b)     Ancient Languages:

Classical Chinese

Latin 

Ancient Greek

Selected publications

Books

(under contract; in preparation) : Histoire de la Chine médiévale, Paris : Les Belles Lettres.

2015: Les Fleurs du royaume. Savoirs lettrés et pouvoir impérial en Chine (Ve-VIe siècles), Paris: Les Belles Lettres.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

2017 (forthcoming): "A New China in Mexico. Kang Youwei and his Languages of Cohesion-Making on the Two Sides of the Pacific (1895-1911)", Oriens Extremus, vol. 55.

2017 (forthcoming): "El letrado, el negociante y el déspota. Figuras de la tutela entre China y México, 1895-1911", Revista Iberoamericana de Estudios de Asia Oriental, n° 8.

2017 (forthcoming) : "Chinese intellectual history and Transcultural Studies", Transcultural Studies, 1st semester.

2016: "From Ornament to Literature: An Uncertain Substitution in 19th and 20th century China," Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), vol. 28, no. 1, 222-272. (http://u.osu.edu/mclc/journal/abstracts/blitstein/)

2013: "El padre figurado. Crítica de los enfoques tipológicos y macro-analíticos en el estudio del lenguaje político de la China medieval," Prismas. Revista de historia intelectual, 16: 11-29.

2012: "La literatura en cuestión: los discursos sobre el texto en China contemporánea y en China imperial," Boletín de estética, 22 (December): 5-26.

2006: "Las ambigüedades de la esclavitud antigua: manumisión uindicta y la comedia Casina, de Plauto", Stylos, 15: 5-16.

Book chapters (refereed)

2018 (forthcoming): "From an Aristocracy to Another. ‘Literati democracy’, Election and Selection in Early Medieval China", in Jenco, Leigh, Idris, Mur, and Thomas, Megan (dirs.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Political Theory, New York: Oxford University Press.

2017 (forthcoming): "Mandat céleste, hiérarchie et représentation dans les institutions impériales chinoises (XVIIIe-XIXe siècles)", in Hayat, Samuel, Péneau, Corinne et Sintomer, Yves (eds.), La Représentation avant le gouvernement représentatif, Rennes : Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

2017 (forthcoming): "Confucianism in late 19th-early 20th Century China," in Elstein, David (ed.), Dao Companion to Contemporary Chinese Philosophy. Dordrecht and New York: Springer.

2017 (forthcoming): "Between the House and the Factory: Some Reflections on the Political Use of Spatial Metaphors in Late 19th-Early 20th Century China," in Kurtz, Joachim and Hofmann, Martin (eds.), Knowledge, Space, and Circulation: Transcultural Reconfigurations Between Asia and Europe. London/New York/Heidelberg: Springer.

2017 (forthcoming): "Maître réel, maître imaginaire: la relation maître-disciple dans les institutions politiques de la Chine médiévale," in Christian Jacob (ed.), Lieux de savoir 3, EHESS- Paris-Sorbonne.

2017 (forthcoming): "The Art of Producing a Catalogue: the Meaning of 'Compilations' for the Organisation of Ancient Knowledge in Tang Times," in Chaussende, Damien et Chemla, Karine (eds.), Official Knowledge in Tang China: Aspects of the Treatises of the Book of Sui, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

2015: "Liu Xie's Institutional Mind: Letters, Administrative Documents, and Political Imagination in 5th and 6th Century China," in Antje Richter (ed.), A History of Chinese Letter and Epistolary Culture, Leiden: Brill, pp. 331-362.

2011: "From Wang Jian to Shen Yue. Literature and "Moral Qualification" in the Political Culture of 5th and 6th Century Southern China," in Jana Rosker and Natasa Vampelj Suhadolnik (ed.), The Yields of Transition: Literature, Art and Philosophy in Early Medieval China, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011, pp. 261-280.

Encyclopedia articles

2018 (forthcoming): 17 entries in Chaussende, Damien (dir.), Dictionnaire biographique du haut Moyen Âge chinois, Paris : Les Belles Lettres.

2016 (forthcoming): “La fragmentation du monde chinois,” in Giusto Traina (ed.), Histoire des mondes anciens, Paris: Les Belles Lettres.

2016: “China, Imperial (2. AD220-c.589),” in John MacKenzie (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Empire, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 1-10.

2003: “Taiwan”, “Hong Kong,” “China,” articles written for the digital encyclopedia (in CD-ROM) “Enciclopedia Manantial Multimedia,” Buenos Aires: Ediciones Manantial.

Proceedings (refereed)

2012 : "Las condiciones de la comparación: reflexiones en el cruce de los estudios sinológicos y latinoamericanos", in Configuraciones de Vida. Life Configurations, Proceedings of the Conference on April 1, 2, 3, Luján, Prov. de Buenos Aires, Argentina. http://de.scribd.com/doc/93813729/Pablo-Blitstein-Las-condiciones-de-la-comparacion-reflexiones-en-el-cruce-de-los-estudios-sinologicos-y-latinoamericanos.<o:p></o:p>

2010: "Max Weber et les rites chinois: une critique méthodologique," in XL Nauchnaya Konferentsiya "Obshchestvo i gosudarstvo v Kitae". Uchënye Zapiski Otdela Kitaya, Moscow: Rossiĭskaya Akademiya Nauk, vol. 2, pp. 353-361.

Book reviews in peer-reviewed journals

2015: "Nicolas Tackett, The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy, Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press," T'oung Pao, 101-1-3: 259-264.

2015: "La méritocratie, une affaire aristocratique. Compte rendu du livre de Benjamin Elman, Civil Examinations and Meritocracy in Late Imperial China," Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press, 2013, La Vie des idées. ISSN: 2105-3030. http://www.laviedesidees.fr/La-meritocratie-une-affaire-aristocratique.html.

2012: "La nation, horizon de la philosophie chinoise? Compte rendu critique du dossier 'Philosopher en Chine aujourd'hui', Rue Descartes, n°72, 2011," La Vie des idées. 18 October. ISSN: 2105-3030. URL: http://www.laviedesidees.fr/La-nation-horizon-de-la.html. ISSN: 2105-3030.

2011: "Meow Hui Goh, Sound and Sight: Poetry and Courtier Culture in the Yongming Era (483-493), Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2010," Études Chinoises, 30: 209-213.

2011: "Andrew Chittick, Patronage and Community in Medieval China. The Xiangyang Garrison, 400-600 CE, Albany (NY): State University of New York Press, 2009," Études Chinoises, 30: 238-243.

2009: "François Jullien, La urdimbre y la trama," Prismas. Revista de historia intelectual, 13: 312-316.

Other publications

2016: "Looking at the Globe Through the Eyes of 19th-20th Century Chinese Reformers", Asia & Europe Bulletin, n° 5, p. 4-6.

2016: "China y las raíces aristocráticas de la meritocracia", Informe Escaleno http://www.informeescaleno.com.ar/.

2011: "Donghai xihai, xinli you tong" 東海西海, 心理攸同, in: Zhonguo shehui kexue bao 中國社會科學報, 215 (18 August): 16.

2008: "Un nuevo debate sobre la alteridad", Newsletter del Centro de Estudios Corea Argentina, 2 (3)(URL: www.uba.ar/ceca/newsletters/diciembre_08/nl-nota3.php)

Translations

2012: Chinese translation (as secondary translator) of Antoine Prost's Douze leçons sur l'histoire (Lishixue shi'er jiang 歷史學十二講, Beijing: Beijing daxue chubanshe). Main translator: Wang Chunhua (EHESS).

2008: "El 'Gran Prefacio' al Libro de las Odas," Nigredo, 4.

URL: http://revistanigredo.com/el%20gran%20prefacio%202html (last visited: August 2013)

2005: Spanish translation of Plautus' comedy Curculio, Buenos Aires: Losada, 2008. Collective translation supervised by Dr. Marcela Suárez UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2002: Michel Foucault, "Espacio, saber y poder," Punto de Vista, 74: 30-36. In collaboration with Tadeo Lima (UBA).

2002: Robin Evans, "El molde proyectual," Bazar Americano. In collaboration with Tadeo Lima.

URL: www.bazaramericano.com/arquitectura/evans/molde_evans

2002: Michel Foucault "De los espacios otros," Bazar Americano. In collaboration with Tadeo Lima.

URL: www.bazaramericano.com/arquitectura/filosofia/espacios_foucault.htm

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