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Project-related publications

Blitstein, Pablo, "From Ornament to Literature: An Uncertain Substitution in 19th and 20th century China," Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), 28.1 (2016): 222-272.

Blitstein, Pablo, "Looking at the Globe Through the Eyes of 19th-20th Century Chinese Reformers",Asia & Europe Bulletin, 5 (2016): 4-6.

Blitstein, Pablo, "China y las raíces aristocráticas de la meritocracia", Informe Escaleno 2016

Forberg, Corinna, Die¬ Rezeption indischer Miniaturen in der europäischen Kunst des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, Petersberg: Imhof, 2015.

Kurtz, Joachim, “Disciplining the National Essence: Liu Shipei and the Reinvention of Ancient China’s Intellectual History.” In Science and Technology in Modern China, 1880s–1940s. Edited by Jing Tsu and Benjamin A. Elman. Leiden and Boston: Brill 2014, pp. 67–91.

Moniz-Bandeira, Egas, Gonçalo S. de Melo Bandeira, "A Expulsão, Extradição e Direito de Asilo em Portugal como Membro da União Europeia e o Direito dos Refugiados e de Asilo no Extremo Oriente: os Casos do Japão e da China - Efectividade do Direito Público e Limitações da Intervenção Estatal," in:  Balera, Wagner: Direito e Justiça - N° II - Efetividade do Direito, Juruá Editorial, Vila Nova de Gaia/Porto 2016, pp. 37-52

Raina, Dhruv, “A Neglected Field: Narrative Frames for the Jesuit Sciences in India”, in Anand Amaladass and Ines G. Županov (eds.), Intercultural Encounter and the Jesuit Mission in South Asia, Asia Trading Corporation: Bangalore, 2014, pp. 259-289.

Raina, Dhruv, “Translating the `Exact’ and `Positive’ Sciences: Early Twentieth Century Reflections on the Past of Science in India”, Transcultural Studies, 1, 2015, pp. 8-33. 

Raina, Dhruv, “The Making of a Classic: The Contemporary Significance of Ray’s Historical Approach”, Indian Journal of History of Science, 2014, 49, 1, pp. 443-456. 

Raina, Dhruv, “Circulation and Cosmopolitanism in 18th Century Jaipur: The Workshop of Jyotishis, Nujumi and Jesuit Astronomers”, Purusārtha (EHESS: Paris) 33, 2015, pp. 327-329. 

Raina, Dhruv, “Mainstreaming Indigenous Knowledge: The Genealogy of a Metaconcept”, in Sarah Hodges and Mohan Rao (Eds.), Public Wealth and Private Health: Stem Cells, Surrogates and Other Strategic Bodies, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2016, pp 252-268.·         

Raina, Dhruv, “After Exceptionalism and Heritage: Thinking through the Multiple Histories of Knowledge”, in Sonja Brentjes, Taner Edis and Lutz Richter-Bernburg (Eds.) 1001 Mistakes: How (not) to Narrate the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, Ergon Verlag, 2016, pp. 25-38.

Discussion group

MC05, “Towards a global history of concepts”, meets regularly to discuss topics that can stimulate our reflections on how to combine conceptual and global history. 

- Wednesday 17 April 2013: Discussion on the conceptual framework of MC05 and of the Cluster

- Thursday 27 June 2013 at 16:00, in room 212a: presentations by Corinna Forberg, Gesa Stupperich and Kaja Mueller-Wang

-Thursday 21 November 2013 at at 15:00, in room 002: on Jacques Revel, Jeux d’échelles.  

-Thursday 16 January 2014, room 118 from 11 am to 1 pm: on Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori, Global intellectual history

-Thursday 6 February 2014 in room 118 from 12h to 14h: on Lucien Febvre, “Civilisation” and “Frontière”

-Wednesday 11 March 2014, room 212a from 11h to 13h: on  Christian Topalov et al., Aventure des mots de la ville, Carol Gluck and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing,  Words in motion; Raymond Williams' Keywords

-Tuesday 20 May 2014 in room 212a from 11 a.m. to (roughly) 13:30 p.m: discussion of "Histories of Thought and Comparative Political Theory," by Leigh Jenco, in presence of the author

-Tuesday 15 July 2014 in room 118 from 10am to 11:30: History of Six Ideas, by Wladislaw Tatarkiewicz.

Guest lectures

Peter Zarrow, "The Democratic Utopianism of Chen Duxiu"

Judd Kinzley, "Lessons from the Shiji in a Late Qing Border Province: Agriculture, Mining, and the Modern State in Xinjiang"

Leigh Jenco, "Toward the Creative Engagement of Chinese Thought: An Exercise in Rethinking Modernity"

International conference

Begriffsgeschichte as Global Concept and Travelling Theory, Heidelberg, 20-21 May 2016



Rethinking the Circulation of Concepts. Perspectives from Asia, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 8-9 June 2015


Invited talks and conference papers (project-related)

Joachim Kurtz

Invited Talks and Conference Presentations

“Sovereignty Lies in Heaven: Confucian Revivalism and the Re-enchatment of China’s Poltical Order.” Invited talk. Erlangen University, May 2016.

“Political Confucianism: Tracing Chinese Fundamentalism in the Making.” Paper presented at the conference Begriffsgeschichte as Global Concept and Travelling Theory. Heidelberg University, May 2016.

“The Uses and Limitations of Translation Studies for Histories of Knowledge in Motion, or: What’s in 136.000 Terms?” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, San Francisco, November 2015.

“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.

“Sovereignty Rests in Heaven: Contemporary Confucian Thought and the Re-enchantment of China’s Political Order.” Invited paper presented at the conference New Histories of Political Thought: Uses of the Past in and from the “Non-West.” London School of Economics and Political Science, April 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.

“Ferdinand Verbiest’s ‘Memorial to Present the Book Qionglixue’ (1683).” Invited paper presented at the conference “How to Read a Chinese Book: Through the Lens of Paratexts.” Williams College, October 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.

“Xujiahui de wenhua ‘xinshi’: Li Wenyu yu jindai Shanghai tianzhujiao” (The Messenger of Zikawei: Li Wenyu and Catholicism in Modern Shanghai). Invited talk. National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, September 2014.

“The Mozi and the Theory of a ‘Chinese Origin of Western Learning’.” Invited paper presented at the conference “Modern Interpretations of the Mozi.” KU Leuven, April 2014.

“The Messenger of Zikawei: A Chinese Life in French Shanghai.” Invited talk. Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, September 2013.

“Recreating the ‘Vatican of the Far East’: Toward a Biography of a Site of Knowledge.” Summer School “Sites of Knowledge: Space, Locality, and Circulation,” Heidelberg University, August 2013.

“Sovereignty vs. Autonomy in Contemporary Confucian Thought.” Invited paper presented at the conference “Sovereignty: Stages and Frontiers.” New York University, May 2013.


Dhruv Raina


2016 (19-21st May): "Genealogies of Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Science as a Metaconcept.” Presented at the International Conference on “Begriffsgeschichte as Global Concept and Travelling Theory”, Heidelberg Cluster of Transcultural Studies.

2014 (17th November): “The Concept of` Technoscience’ as seen from Elsewhere”, Paper presented at the Workshop on “Publics, Politics and Contemporary Technoscience in Indian Context”, O.P. Jindal University, Sonepat.


Pablo Blitstein

Invited Talks and Lectures

2015 (23 September): “The court and the nation: Patterns of Conceptual Change between Beijing and Mexico in the early XX 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.

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.

Conference Papers

2016 (1 July): "The Concept of 'Culture' Between Court Politcs and Financial Politcs," Workshop "After Eurocentrism, Beyond Decentering. Themes and Methodologies for an Interdisciplinary History of Ideas," South Asia Institute, Heidelberg, 1-2 July 2016.  

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," Heidelberg.

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 Steven Ivings (Heidelberg), Martin Dusinberre (Zurich), and Pablo Blitstein. Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” Heidelberg.

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’.

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), Heidelberg.

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


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