Chinese Studies

Events

2019

Lecture of Dr. Cao Jin in Hefei, Anhui

Dr. Cao Jin gave a lecture at the international conference "Science, Western Learning and Confucianism" in Hefei (28 April to 1 May 2019)

As a member of the DFG project „Translating Western Science, Technology and Medicine to Late Ming China: Convergences and Divergences in the Light of the Kunyu gezhi 坤輿格致 (Investigations of the Earth’s Interior; 1640) and the Taixi shuifa 泰西水法 (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612)”, Dr. Cao Jin 曹晋 was invited to attend a conference entitled “Science, Western Learning and Confucianism: Commemorating the 390th Anniversaries of the Compilation of the Chongzheng Reign Treatises on Calendrical Astronomy”, which was held at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei from 28 April to 1 May 2019. In her talk with the title “Collateral Benefit: The Calendar Bureau and the Transfer of Western Mining Knowledge into China (1635-1684)” she presented recent findings about the institutional context in which the rediscovered manuscript of the Kunyu gezhi 坤輿格致 (Investigations of the Earth’s Interior) was created. Her study revealed, how knowledge transmission in the fields of mining and metallurgy was organized in the Calendar Bureau by Adam Schall von Bell and his collaborators. Though the Kunyu gezhi was already completed as early as 1640, it could not be printed and put into use because of the collapse of the Ming dynasty. Different than in the case of the calendar reform, the Manchus decided not to put it into action after coming to power. Its traces were lost during the early decades of the Qing period. Nonetheless there are signs that the application of Western knowledge in metal production may have become a topic again, when Liu Yunde 劉蘊德, then vice-head of the Directorate of Astronomy was entrusted with the operation of a silver mine in Shanxi. This shows impressively that for almost half a century, the systematic introduction of Western mining knowledge into China with the help of the Calendar Bureau and successively the Directorate of Astronomy was attempted and remained an option, which, however eventually vanished unused.
The presentation aroused much interest among participants and engendered fruitful discussion. Dr. Cao Jin received inspiring questions and helpful suggestions which were of great value for the deepening of her further research in this field. Many thanks go to Prof. Shi Yunli 石云里 from the University of Science and Technology of China for the organization of this great meeting.

Short report on the conference “Transfer of Scientific and Technical Knowledge between Europe and China during the Early Modern Period”

Sino-German Center for Research Promotion Beijing, March 30 – April 1, 2019

傳天音、譯七藝,航巨海又梯高山,華夏披星追日月;
衡金石、探四元,識新知而聞舊友,神京接地論天人。
Poem composed by Dr. Chen Zhihui 陈志辉, Institute for the History of Science and Technology,
Inner Mongolia Normal University 内蒙古師範大學科學技術史研究院,
in commemoration of this event.

From March 30 to April 1, 2019, a symposium with the title "Transfer of Scientific and Technical Knowledge between Europe and China during the Early Modern period" was held in the premises of the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion in Beijing. The Conveners, Prof. Hans Ulrich Vogel from the Department for Chinese Studies at Tübingen University and Prof. Zhang Baichun, Director of the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences thanked the Sino-German Center for its generous support and introduced the more than 50 participants and guests into the topic, which was inspired by the recent rediscovery of the Kunyu gezhi, a rendering of Georgius Agricola's famous Renaissance mining classic De re metallica into Chinese undertaken by Johann Adam Schall von Bell during the last years of the Ming period. Fields as various as astronomy, cosmology, mathematics, mining, metallurgy, cartography, hydraulic engineering, medicine and mechanics were covered by the participants' presentations and discussions. The meeting, which was organized by the European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS) at Peking University culminated at the Wenjin Building of the National Library of China in a public lecture by Prof. Zhang Baichun, with further contributions by Prof. Shi Yunli, University of Science and Technology of China, and Prof. Karel Davids from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. During the meeting, participants were also offered insights into the National Library’s precious Beitang holdings, i.e. a collection of rare Western books brought to China mainly by the Jesuits, and they visited the Zhalan Cemetery with the graves of Matteo Ricci, Schall von Bell, Ferdinand Verbiest and other missionaries as well as the Ancient Beijing Observatory. The event made both sides aware of the great potential of further intensive communication and prepared the ground for future cooperation and exchanges between Tübingen University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences as well as other scholars in Germany and China beyond these institutions.

For German and Chinese versions see Kurzbericht/简报.

18 April 2019, Beijing, Macau and Tübingen
Dr. Cao Jin, Dr. Jost, Prof. Hans Ulrich Vogel, and Sabine Kink

Photos from the conference "Transfer of Scientific and Technical Knowledge between Europe and China during the Early Modern Period"

Conference: Transfer of Scientific and Technical Knowledge between Europe and China during the Early Modern Period

Sino-German Center for Research Promotion
Beijing, March 30 – April 1, 2019
    
Objectives of the Conference
The history of scientific, technical and medical exchange between Europe and China during the early modern period (16th to 19th centuries) is an important topic of research undertaken on a global level, but so far, much attention has been paid to special fields like astronomy, mathematics and cartography while other fields of practice and knowledge remain understudied.
This convention prominently concentrates on “hands-on” sciences, practical crafts and techniques and takes the texts produced in these fields more comprehensively into account as this has been done so far. Surprisingly, and perhaps due to the difficult technical language, only very few of the scientific, technical and medical treatises initiated or produced by the Jesuit China mission have been translated into English, nor have they been studied to substantial depth so that much work has still to be done in this respect. Therefore, translations of these Chinese texts into English, including all relevant text-critical, translational and contextual questions according to the newest global standards current in the field, are an important task for the next years.
This conference endeavours to bring together specialists in the history of exchange of scientific and technical knowledge between Europe and China. The targets of this event will be to share between colleagues mainly from China and Germany experiences obtained from relevant research and delineate fields of promising investigations.  Moreover, this opportunity is used to explore possibilities of further co-operations in the framework of other conventions and workshops to be held in the future, invitations of individual scholars for research stays, or joint project applications.

Visitors are very much welcome. Those who would like to attend should send a short note to Dr. Jost (eccs.md@gmail.com) or Dr. Cao (eccs.acad@gmail.com).

Programme and Flyer

Conference Venue
Sino-German Center for Research Promotion
Shuangqing Road 83, Haidian District, Beijing, PR China
中德科学中心, 北京市海淀区双清路83号

Conference Hotel
Holiday Inn Beijing Haidian ****
Shuangqing Road 89, Haidian District, Beijing, PR China
北京海淀红杉假日酒店, 北京市海淀区双清路89号A座

Conveners
Prof. Dr. ZHANG Baichun 张柏春
Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Vogel 傅汉思
Department of Chinese Studies, Tübingen University

Organization
European Centre for Chinese Studies at Peking University (ECCS)
Dr. Alexander JOST 曹大龙, Managing Director
0086-18601241464 (German, English, Chinese)
Dr. CAO Jin 曹晋, Academic Director
0086-18614090561 (Chinese, English, German)

 

傳天音、譯七藝,航巨海又梯高山,華夏披星追日月;
衡金石、探四元,識新知而聞舊友,神京接地論天人。
Poem composed by Dr. Chen Zhihui 陈志辉, Institute for the History of Science and Technology,
Inner Mongolia Normal University内蒙古師範大學科學技術史研究院,
in commemoration of this event.

From March 30 to April 1, 2019, a symposium with the title "Transfer of Scientific and Technical Knowledge between Europe and China during the Early Modern period" was held in the premises of the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion in Beijing. The Conveners, Prof. Hans Ulrich Vogel from the Department for Chinese Studies at Tübingen University and Prof. Zhang Baichun, Director of the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences thanked the Sino-German Center for its generous support and introduced the more than 50 participants and guests into the topic, which was inspired by the recent rediscovery of the Kunyu gezhi, a rendering of Georgius Agricola's famous Renaissance mining classic De re metallica into Chinese undertaken by Johann Adam Schall von Bell during the last years of the Ming period. Fields as various as astronomy, cosmology, mathematics, mining, metallurgy, cartography, hydraulic engineering, medicine and mechanics were covered by the participants' presentations and discussions. The meeting, which was organized by the European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS) at Peking University culminated at the Wenjin Building of the National Library of China in a public lecture by Prof. Zhang Baichun, with further contributions by Prof. Shi Yunli, University of Science and Technology of China, and Prof. Karel Davids from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. During the meeting, participants were also offered insights into the National Library’s precious Beitang holdings, i.e. a collection of rare Western books brought to China mainly by the Jesuits, and they visited the Zhalan Cemetery with the graves of Matteo Ricci, Schall von Bell, Ferdinand Verbiest and other missionaries as well as the Ancient Beijing Observatory. The event made both sides aware of the great potential of further intensive communication and prepared the ground for future cooperation and exchanges between Tübingen University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences as well as other scholars in Germany and China beyond these institutions.

For German and Chinese versions see Kurzbericht/简报

18 April 2019, Beijing, Macau and Tübingen
Dr. Cao Jin, Dr. Jost, Prof. Hans Ulrich Vogel, and Sabine Kink

 

Lecture: Anja Chen (Tübingen), "Western Trigonometry in Late Ming China: Johann Schreck’s (1576-1630) Dace (Grand Measure, 1631)

Anja Chen, B.A. (Tübingen University)
Lecture "Western Trigonometry in Late Ming China: Johann Schreck’s (1576-1630) Dace 大測 (Grand Measure, 1631)" (MA project)
Tuesday, 23 July 2019, 16:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: Patrick Aberle (Tübingen), "Measurement Methods in Late Ming China"

Patrick Aberle, B.A. (University of Tübingen)
Lecture "Measurement Methods in Late Ming China: Xu Guangqi 徐光啓 and Matteo Ricci’s Celiang fayi 測量法義 (Methods and Meanings of Measurement, 1608)" (M.A. Project)
Tuesday, 23 April 2019, 16:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: Antoni Ucerler (Ricci Institute, San Francisco), "Chinese Christian Books during the Edo Period (1603-1686): Prohibition and Circulation"

Prof. Dr. M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J. (Director, Ricci Institute, San Francisco, CA)
Lecture "Chinese Christian Books during the Edo Period (1603-1686): Prohibition and Circulation"
Tuesday, 8 February 2019, 14:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 42

2018

Report: Sabine Kink (Tübingen), Short Report on the 27th Agricola Colloquium in Chemnitz

27. Agricola-Gespräch, veranstaltet vom Agricola-Forschungszentrum Chemnitz, 24. November 2018, Chemnitz
Report (English and German)
Photos

27. Agricola-Gespräch: "Kunyu gezhi" oder die Geschichte der chinesischen Übersetzung von "De re metallica"

27. Agricola-Gespräch: Kunyu gezhi 坤輿格致 oder die Geschichte der chinesischen Übersetzung von "De re metallica", veranstaltet vom Agricola-Forschungszentrum Chemnitz, 24. November 2018, Wasserschloß Klaffenbach, Bürgersaal, Chemnitz
Flyer and Programme

 

Lecture: Anna Strob (Tübingen), "Tracing Connections: Jesuit Influences on Alfonso Vagnone’s Kongji gezhi (Investigation of Celestial Phenomena, c. 1633)"

Anna Strob, M.A., PhD cand.
Lecture "Tracing Connections: Jesuit Influences on Alfonso Vagnone’s Kongji gezhi 空際格致 (Investigation of Celestial Phenomena, c. 1633)" (PhD project)
Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 16:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: Sabine Kink (Tübingen), "'The Use of Strength is Reduced, but the Results are Extensive' – Hydraulic Pumps in S. de Ursis’ Taixi shuifa (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612)"

Sabine Kink, M.A., PhD cand.
Lecture "'The Use of Strength is Reduced, but the Results are Extensive' – Hydraulic Pumps in S. de Ursis’ Taixi shuifa 泰西水法 (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612)" (PhD project)
Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 16:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: Katharina Viklenko (Tübingen), "Espionage or Missionary Work? The Implications of the Russian Orthodox Mission on Qing China (Case Study of Archimandrite Palladius)"

Katharina Viklenko, B.A.
Lecture "Espionage or Missionary Work? The Implications of the Russian Orthodox Mission on Qing China (Case Study of Archimandrite Palladius)" (MA Project)
Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 16:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: CHEN Hailian (Trier), "In Search of the Origins of Smelting Zinc in China: The Hunan Tradition in Historical Perspective, ca. 1600-1930s"

Dr. CHEN Hailian (Trier University)
Lecture "In Search of the Origins of Smelting Zinc in China: The Hunan Tradition in Historical Perspective, ca. 1600-1930s"
Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 16:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: Robert Horres (Tübingen), "Studien zur Technik des japanischen Zimmerhandwerks: Werkzeugsätze in der Technikgeschichte des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts"

Prof. Dr. Robert Horres (Tübingen University, Japanese Studies)
Lecture "Studien zur Technik des japanischen Zimmerhandwerks: Werkzeugsätze in der Technikgeschichte des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts",
Tuesday 29 May 2018, 18:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: Anna Strob (Tübingen), "The Semantics of Heaven in Alfonso Vagnone’s Kongji gezhi, c. 1633"

Anna Strob, M.A., PhD cand.
Lecture "The Semantics of Heaven in Alfonso Vagnone’s Kongji gezhi 空際格致, c. 1633"
Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 16:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

2017

Lecture: Sabine Kink (Tübingen), "'At Full Moon Clams are Stout': Explanation of Tidal Phenomena in the Taixi shuifa (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612)"

Sabine Kink, MA, PhD cand. (Tübingen University)
Lecture "'At Full Moon Clams are Stout': Explanation of Tidal Phenomena in the Taixi shuifa 泰西水法 (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612)" (PhD project)
Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 16:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: Sabine Kink (Tübingen), "Pumps Put in Perspective: Sabatino de Ursis' Taixi shuifa (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612) in its Literary Context"

Sabine Kink, MA, Dr. phil. cand.  (Tübingen University)
Lecture "Pumps Put in Perspective: Sabatino de Ursis' Taixi shuifa 泰西水法 (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612) in its Literary Context" (PhD project)
Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 18:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: Anna Strob (Tübingen), "Translating Western Science to Late Ming China: Alfonso Vagnone’s Kongji gezhi, c. 1633"

Anna Strob, MA, Dr. phil. cand. (Tübingen University)
Lecture "Translating Western Science to Late Ming China: Alfonso Vagnone’s Kongji gezhi 空際格致, c. 1633"
Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 18:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: Anna Strob (Tübingen), "Alfonso Vagnone's Kongji gezhi 'Investigation into the Phenomena in the Atmosphere'"

Anna Strob, B.A. (Tübingen University)
Lecture ”Alfonso Vagnone's Kongji gezhi 空際格致 'Investigation into the Phenomena in the Atmosphere'“,
Tuesday, 10 January 2018, 18:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

2016

Lecture: Hans Ulrich Vogel (Tübingen), "Schall von Bell‘s Chinese Translation of Agricola‘s De Re Metallica (1556): Useful Knowledge and the Great Divergence"

Hans Ulrich Vogel, „Schall von Bell‘s Chinese Translation of Agricola‘s De Re Metallica (1556): Useful Knowledge and the Great Divergence", lecture presented by 21 November 2016 at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Peking University (IHSS). More Information.

Lecture: Hans Ulrich Vogel (Tübingen), "Adam Schall von Bell‘s Kunyu gezhi (Investigations of the Earth‘s Interior; 1640): Historical Facts and Theoretical Perspectives"

Hans Ulrich Vogel (Tübingen University)
Lecture "Adam Schall von Bell‘s Kunyu gezhi 坤輿格致 (Investigations of the Earth‘s Interior; 1640): Historical Facts and Theoretical Perspectives"
Presented at the Workshop “Historiography about Exchanges across the Asian Maritime World, 1500-1800”, 28-29 October 2016, Department of History, University of Macau.

Lecture: Hans Ulrich Vogel (Tübingen) and Beatriz Puente Ballesteros (Macau), "Translating Renaissance Science, Technology and Medicine to Late Ming China: 'Useful and Reliable Knowledge' in the Light of the 'Great Divergence'"

Hans Ulrich Vogel (Tübingen University) and Beatriz Puente Ballesteros (University of Macau)
Lecture "Translating Renaissance Science, Technology and Medicine to Late Ming China: 'Useful and Reliable Knowledge' in the Light of the 'Great Divergence'” (《將文藝復興時期的科學、技術和醫學譯介到晚明時期的中國:中西“大分流”背景下的“有用且可信的知識”》)
Presented at 大航海時代的澳門與世界”國際研討會暨澳門歷史文化研究會第15屆學術年會議程, 19-20 September 2016, Macao Polytechnic Institute (澳門理工學院).
 

Lecture: Hans Ulrich Vogel (Tübingen), "Die Übertragung von Georg Agricolas De re metallica (1556) nach China im frühen 17. Jh.: Europäisches 'nützliches Wissen' und die Große Divergenz"

Hans Ulrich Vogel, "Die Übertragung von Georg Agricolas De re metallica (1556) nach China im frühen 17. Jh.: Europäisches 'nützliches Wissen' und die Große Divergenz", lecture presented at the "Symposium zu Ehren von Peter M. Kuhfus, Akademischer Oberrat in der Sinologie", 23 July 2016, Department of Chinese Studies, Tübingen University

Lecture: António de Saldanha (Macau/Lisbon), "Staying on, after Ricci: The Rediscovered Beijing Journal (1610-1616) of Sabatino de Ursis, S.J. "

Prof. Dr. António Vasconcelos de Saldanha (University of Macau and University of Lisbon)
Lecture "Staying on, after Ricci: The Rediscovered Beijing Journal (1610-1616) of Sabatino de Ursis 熊三拔, S.J. (1575-1620)"
Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 18:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

Lecture: Sabine Kink (Tübingen), "Presenting Western Technical Instructions to Ming Literati: Description of the Jade-Balance Pump (yuheng che) in Sabatino de Ursis‘ Taixi shuifa"

Sabine KINK, MA, Dr. phil. cand. (Tübingen University)
Lecture/Text Reading: "Presenting Western Technical Instructions to Ming Literati: Description of the Jade-Balance Pump (yuheng che 玉衡車) in Sabatino de Ursis‘ Taixi shuifa 泰西水法 (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612)" (PhD project)
Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 18:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30

2015

Lecture: Catherine Jami (Paris), "Science and Empire: The View from Beijing, ca. 1700"

Prof. Dr. Catherine Jami (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)
Lecture "Science and Empire: The View from Beijing, ca. 1700"
Tuesday, 1 December 2015, 18:00 c.t., Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30