WSC Database – Modern Chinese Scientific Terminologies
Bibliographical, biographical and terminological database on the distribution of Western Knowledge in Late Imperial China.
The research project "Wissenschaftssprache Chinesisch / Modern Chinese Scientific Terminologies" is an international effort to understand the translation of Western sciences and philosophies into China through the reconstruction of Chinese terminologies coined since the early nineteenth century.
In its current phase, the project focuses on the revision of a bibliographical database documenting translations of Western science and thought into Chinese during the period of investigation. Other data like biographical information on the authors and translators, or new terms developed and employed in these writings, are stored in related databases linked to the bibliography, which will be prepared for online access in two planned future stages of the project.
Resource types: Text, Images
Time period: ca. 1840 - 1930
Languages: Chinese, Japanese, English, German, French, Russian, Latin etc.
How can this resource be used in teaching, studying and research?
The set of data on bibliographical data, biographical information on the authors and translators, and new terms developed and employed in these writings will make the transmission of knowledge transparent and accessible for research. Teaching and studying can be based on the comprehensive information the database provides, including data on the media, institutions, people, texts, terms, sites and images involved in diverse instances of distribution, adaptation and appropriation of knowledge from Euro-America and Japan in late Qing and early Republican China.