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Stellenausschreibung: Zwei Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter*innen 50 %

In der Abteilung Sinologie des Asien-Orient-Instituts der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen sind zum 1. Oktober 2021 zwei Stellen als

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter*innen
(m/w/d, E 13 TV-L, je 50%)

zu besetzen. Beide Stellen sind befristet für die Dauer von drei Jahren.

Zu den Aufgaben gehören u. a.:

  • die Durchführung eigener Forschungsarbeiten (Qualifikationsziel Promotion),
  • die Übernahme von Lehrveranstaltungen im Umfang von 2 SWS pro Semester im Rahmen des BA-und MA-Studiums Sinologie/Chinese Studies;
  • Mitwirkung an der Studierendenbetreuung, der Organisation des Lehrbetriebs und den Verwaltungsaufgaben der Abteilung.

Vorausgesetzt wird u. a.:

  • ein abgeschlossenes Universitätsstudium der Sinologie (Magister/Master) über ein Thema des vormodernen China, vorzugsweise im Bereich Kultur- und Sozialgeschichte 16.-19. Jahrhundert;
  • sehr gute Kenntnisse der modernen und klassischen chinesischen Sprache;
  • sehr gute Rechtschreibkenntnisse und Redegewandtheit im Deutschen und Englischen.

Schwerbehinderte werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt berücksichtigt. Die Universität Tübingen strebt eine Erhöhung des Anteils von Frauen in Forschung und Lehre an und bittet deshalb entsprechend qualifizierte Wissenschaftlerinnen um ihre Bewerbung.

Ihre Bewerbung mit tabellarischem Lebenslauf, Schriftenverzeichnis, Verzeichnis der Lehrveranstaltungen, Abstract (2 Seiten) zu Ihrem Promotionsvorhaben sowie mit Nennung von zwei Referenzen richten Sie bitte bis 1. August 2021 in elektronischer Form an:

Prof. Dr. Fei HUANG
Asien-Orient-Institut/Abteilung für Sinologie
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Wilhelmstr. 133
72074 Tübingen
E-Mail: fei.huangspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Die Einstellung erfolgt durch die Zentrale Verwaltung.

Publication: Alexander Jost, "Beyond Agricola: The Multiple Origins of European Knowledge in Adam Schall von Bell’s Chinese Mining and Metallurgy Handbook Kunyu Gezhi (1640)"

Alexander Jost (University of Salzburg) has published a paper in the Chinese Annals of History of Science and Technology, 5.1 (2021): 58-89. His article on the multiple origins of European knowledge in Adam Schall von Bell’s Chinese mining and metallurgy handbook Kunyu gezhi 坤輿格致 (Investigations of the Earth’s Interior; 1640) is an offspring of the Tübingen DFG Research Project “Translating Western Science, Technology and Medicine to Late Ming China”.

Abstract: In 2015, a previously unknown manuscript was discovered in the Nanjing Library. It contained a Chinese mining and metallurgy handbook, and was identified as a copy of the Kunyu gezhi, known as the lost Chinese translation of Georgius Agricola’s (1494–1555) De re metallica (1556) by Jesuit Adam Schall von Bell (1592–1666). A closer look at the text, however, reveals that, besides parts of Agricola’s book, content by at least four other European authors was included: Vannoccio Biringuccio (1480–1539), Modestinus Fachs (?–before 1595), Lazarus Ercker (1528/30–1594), and José de Acosta (1539/40–1599/1600). This study demonstrates how their books became available in China, why they were selected as sources for the Kunyu gezhi, and how they were eventually used and incorporated. From this, it becomes apparent that Schall and his collaborators spared no effort to conduct this ambitious knowledge transfer project, and to present European technology at its best to the emperor.
Article in full

Title page and illustration on page 71 of the book «Beschreibung der allerfürnemsten Mineralischen Erzt und Bergwerksarten» [Description of the Most Prominent Types of Mineral Ores and Mines] by Lazarus Ercker (Edition Frankfurt: Feyerabend 1580) with legends inserted as indicated in the text of the «Kunyu gezhi».

Award: Prof. Beatriz Puente-Ballesteros Received 2021 J. Worth Estes Prize for Her Pioneering Research on the History of Chocolate in Qing China

Beatriz Puente-Ballesteros 白雅詩, Assistant Professor at the Department of History, University of Macau was named 2021 J. Worth Estes Prize winner at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM), 14 May 2021. She was awarded for her work “Chocolate in China: Interweaving Cultural Histories of an Imperfectly Connected World,” published in Harold J. Cook (ed.), Translation at Work: Chinese Medicine at the First Global Age (Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2020, pp. 58-107). Puente-Ballesteros, licentiate in medicine, magister in acupuncture and moxibustion, sinologist and PhD historian of science has immersed herself in the study of Eastern and Western languages and in the exploration of cross-cultural interactions and exchanges between Manchus, Mongolians, Chinese and Jesuits in the fields of medicine, surgery, anatomy and pharmacy during late imperial China. She is also Associated Researcher at Tübingen’s Department of Chinese Studies as well as Project and Translation Collaborator of the DFG Research 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).”
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Image below: Detail from “La Collation,” from the tapestry series “L’histoire de l’empereur de la Chine,” about 1697–1705. After cartoons by Guy-Louis Vernansal (French, 1648 - 1729). Wool and silk, 309.9 × 422.9 cm (122 × 166 1/2 in.), 83.DD.336. Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Lecture: Alexandre Gandil (Paris), "Re-Mapping the Taiwan Strait: Putting the '(Mainland) China / Taiwan' Framework to the Test through the Lens of Kinmen"

Alexandre Gandil (Centre for International Studies (CERI) at Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po))
"Re-Mapping the Taiwan Strait: Putting the "(Mainland) China / Taiwan" Framework to the Test through the Lens of Kinmen"

Monday, 12 July 2021, 12:30-13:45, online via zoom.us/j/99707781367

The concept of “relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait” (Taiwan haixia liang’an guanxi 台灣海峽兩岸關係) implies that the Taiwan Strait acts as a border area which articulates the relations between the two entities delimited by its shores, namely Mainland China and the island of Taiwan. However, political borders are not congruent with these geomorphological limits, since the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) sovereignty spans across the Taiwan Strait: its territory includes Kinmen [金門], a small archipelago (150 km²) located off the coast of PRC’s Fujian province, next to Xiamen city.

Bringing Kinmen back on the map of the Taiwan Strait is a two-fold process: it implies to identify (1) the reasons why it has become a blind spot in regional cartography beyond reasons of mere pragmatism or simplification, and (2) what renewed consideration towards it could bring to the study of cross-Strait relations as a whole. Ultimately, this process boils down to calling into question geographic determinism and favors an “eventialization” (Michel Foucault) of the Taiwan Strait.

Gespräch mit Prof. Schubert - "Neoimperiale Politik? Chinas regionale und globale Ambitionen"

Am Montag, dem 05.07.2021, von 18:30 h bis 19:30 h, beschäftigt sich Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert
in einem moderierten Gespräch bei der Deutschen Atlantischen Gesellschaft e. V. mit dem Thema

„Neoimperiale Politik? Chinas regionale und globale Ambitionen – und wie sich der „Westen“ dazu verhalten kann“

Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert ist Professor am Lehrstuhl für Greater China Studies am Asien-Orient-Institut der Universität Tübingen. Moderiert wird die Veranstaltung von Christian Gottschalk der Stuttgarter Zeitung. Ausführliche Informationen zu den Referenten und zum Thema des Seminars finden Sie unter folgendem Link:

https://ata-dag.de/veranstaltung/neoimperiale-politik-chinas-regionale-und-globale-ambitionen-und-wie-sich-der-westen-dazu-verhalten-kann/

Im Anschluss an den Vortrag besteht die Möglichkeit, Fragen an den Referenten zu richten und über dieses spannende Thema ins Gespräch zu kommen.

Das Gespräch findet statt im Tübinger Hesse-Kabinett. Die Veranstaltung wird als Online-Seminar via Zoom übertragen. Die Anmeldung ist direkt über den folgenden Link möglich: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WT3IiTGPSZ6kkuSo9OoSMA

Lecture: Linh Le-Phuong (Leiden), "Female Migration to Taiwan in Vietnamese Online Media: Changing Representation, Changing Society?"

Linh Le-Phuong (Institute for Media Studies of the University of Leiden)
"Female Migration to Taiwan in Vietnamese Online Media: Changing Representation, Changing Society?"

Monday, 5 July 2021, 12:30-13:45, online via zoom.us/j/99707781367

Female migration from Vietnam to Taiwan is not a new topic, but the media representation of this migration route in the Vietnamese online news media and its consequences on the Vietnamese female migrants have not been explored intensively. Using the theoretical frameworks from media, migration and gender studies, I employed a quantitative content analysis approach to comprehend this topic. In this talk at ERCCT, I will present my preliminary findings and discuss if and can the changing representation present meaningful transformations for both the sending and the host society and for the Vietnamese female migrants in particular. Some suggestions for relevant stakeholders are offered and the conclusion will open space for further discussion on the media representation of Vietnamese female migrants and its connection to the New Southbound Policy.

Lecture: Anna Ahlers (Berlin), "Building a 'World Class Science System' in Xi Jinping China"

Dr. Anna L. Ahlers, Max Planck Institute für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
"Building a 'World Class Science System' in Xi Jinping China"
Thursday, 1 July 2021, 12:30-13:45
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinas-political-system-in-the-xi-era-features-trends-and-developments-tickets-149658429391

WebTalk "Die Welt braucht den Westen" - Gespräch mit Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff und Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert

WebTalk der Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, Landesbüro Baden-Württemberg

"Die Welt braucht den Westen"
Gespräch mit Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff und Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert

Freitag, 18.06.2021, 19:15 - 20:30 Uhr

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Lange machte sich in der politischen Debatte Fatalismus breit: Der Westen sei tot, heißt es, die internationale Ordnung am Ende, Amerika verloren. Wer so argumentiert, ergibt sich kampflos dem nationalistischen Zeitgeist, übersieht die wachsende Gegenwehr und unterschätzt die Reformkräfte, sagt Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff. Er plädiert für eine Umkehr: Statt die Unabwendbarkeit einer antiliberalen Ära zu beklagen, sollten die Kräfte, die sich der liberalen Demokratie verbunden fühlen, Gegenstrategien erarbeiten. Was die Wahl von Joe Biden für die Perspektive der internationalen Politik bedeutet und was es in der Praxis heißt, mit robustem Liberalismus für eine freiheitliche Ordnung zu kämpfen, bespricht er im Dialog mit Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert.

Die Veranstaltung wird aus Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes finanziert.

Publication: Sabine Kink, "Justifying Collaboration between Chinese Literati and 'Subjects from Afar': The Paratexts of the Taixi shuifa"

Sabine Kink has published a paper in L'Idomeneo. Her essay “ "Justifying Collaboration between Chinese Literati and 'Subjects from Afar': The Paratexts of the Taixi shuifa 泰西水法 (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612)" is an offspring of the DFG Research Project “Translating Western Science, Technology and Medicine to Late Ming China”.

Abstract: Prefaces and other paratexts can serve as platforms not only for advertising the work to which they are attached, but also for self-promotion and the articulation of ulterior aspirations of their authors. The Chinese language treatises on Western sciences and technology written during the Jesuit China mission from the late 16th century onwards were no exception in this regard. This essay takes the altogether five prefaces to the Taixi shuifa (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612), composed by the Italian Jesuit Sabatino de Ursis with the support of the Chinese official Xu Guangqi 徐光啟, as an example for typical rhetorical strategies implemented in such endeavours at that time. On the Chinese side, these strategies aimed at the introduction of the transmitted knowledge to a learned and in large part sinocentric audience in the Middle Kingdom, and at a justification of the collaboration with these foreign "vassals". The comparison with de Ursis' preface shows that the Jesuit's intentions, however, went in a completely different direction.

Article in full.

Traditional Chinese irrigation devices mentioned in Zheng Yiwei’s 鄭以偉 preface to the TXSF as depicted in Xu Guangqi’s 徐光啟 (1639) «Nongzheng quanshu» 農政全書, juan 17, fol. 9a + 22a (available under CC BY SA license at www.kanripo.org)

Publication: Hans Ulrich Vogel, Sabine Kink, Cao Jin, "Sabatino de Ursis' Preface to the Taixi shuifa: The 'Basic Discourse on Hydromethods' (Shuifa benlun)"

Hans Ulrich Vogel, Sabine Kink and Cao Jin have published a paper in L'Idomeneo. Their essay “ "Sabatino de Ursis' Preface to the Taixi shuifa 泰西水法 (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612): The 'Basic Discourse on Hydromethods' (Shuifa benlun 水法本論)" is an offspring of the DFG Research Project “Translating Western Science, Technology and Medicine to Late Ming China”.

Abstract: This is the first complete translation into a Western language of Sabatino de Ursis' preface to the Taixi shuifa (Hydromethods of the Great West; 1612). After a short summary of its contents and some remarks about the origin of this translation, the annotated text, accompanied by the Chinese transcription of the original, is presented.

Article in full.

Sabatino de Ursis’ ‘Basic Discourse on Hydromethods’ («Shuifa benlun» 水法本論), fol. 1a+b, TXSF edition National Library of China (available in “World Digital Library” at www.wdl.org/en/item/13534/)

Lecture: HAN Qijin (Tübingen), "'The Art of Fugue': Translating the European Thermometer to China during the Kangxi Reign"

HAN Qijin, M.A. student (University of Tübingen)
"The Art of Fugue": Translating the European Thermometer to China during the Kangxi Reign (1662-1722) (M.A. project)
Thursday, 17 June 2021, 11:00-12:30 am s.t.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99737782270?pwd=TFFkK2lzeGhJQkhrMmZKZ0oyamFDUT09
Meeting-ID: 997 3778 2270, Identification Code: 656343

Abiturient:innenwoche

Spannungsfelder des Fachs Sinologie / Chinese Studies

Eine interaktive Diskussion zum Spaß an "Exotik" und den Herausforderungen der Realpolitik.

Mittwoch 16. Juni, 15.00 - 16.00 Uhr

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Lecture: MENG Ye (Tübingen), "From Resilience to Consolidation: Judicial Reforms and Authoritarian Rule in Xi Jinping China"

MENG Ye, M.A. (Universität Tübingen)
"From Resilience to Consolidation: Judicial Reforms and Authoritarian Rule in Xi Jinping China"
Thursday, 16 June 2021, 12:30-13:45
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinas-political-system-in-the-xi-era-features-trends-and-developments-tickets-149658429391

Scholarship: Alvise Andreose has recently started his project with a DAAD scholarship

Prof. Alvise Andreose (Associate Professor of Romance Philology and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Humanities, eCampus University, Novedrate, Italy, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Linguistic Sciences and Foreign Literatures, Catholic University of the Holy Heart, Milan, Italy), has started his research project "‘De statu, conditione ac regimine magni Canis’: A Textual and Intertextual Study" with a DAAD scholarship that should have allowed him to visit the Department of Chinese Studies at Tübingen University. Due to the corona crisis, however, this research stay had to be postponed time and again and finally, with the permission of the DAAD, had to start as an online-project.

Information on the project

Lecture: Christian Göbel (Wien), "Handling Social Protest in Xi Jinping’s China"

Prof. Dr. Christian Göbel (Universität Wien)
"Handling Social Protest in Xi Jinping’s China"
Thursday, 10 June 2021, 12:30-13:45
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinas-political-system-in-the-xi-era-features-trends-and-developments-tickets-149658429391

Lecture: SHENG Jia (Tübingen), "The Origins of the Yuanjingshuo: Aristotle’s Five Senses, Ptolemy’s Refraction and Galileo’s Telescope"

SHENG Jia, M.A. student (Tübingen)
"The Origins of the Yuanjingshuo 遠鏡說 (On the Farseeing Optic Glasses; 1626): Aristotle’s Five Senses, Ptolemy’s Refraction and Galileo’s Telescope"
Thursday, May 6, 11:00-12:30 s.t.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91528494113?pwd=YXdLUTdLRUZxQlJjejk1WWJSV2U1QT09
Meeting-ID: 915 2849 4113
Identification Code: 833265

Lecture: Doris Fischer (Würzburg), "Economic Steering in Xi Jinping China"

Prof. Dr. Doris Fischer (Universität Würzburg)
"Economic Steering in Xi Jinping China"
Thursday, 6 May 2021, 12:30-13:45
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinas-political-system-in-the-xi-era-features-trends-and-developments-tickets-149658429391

Lecture: Thomas Heberer (Duisburg-Essen), "A Disciplining Agency: The State in Xi Jinping China"

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heberer (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
"A Disciplining Agency: The State in Xi Jinping China"
Thursday, 29 Apr 2021, 12:30-13:45
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinas-political-system-in-the-xi-era-features-trends-and-developments-tickets-149658429391

The Taiwan Colloquium in the Summer Semester 2021

A Transnational Outlook on Cross-Strait Studies: Case Studies and New Research Approaches

The ERCCT colloquium continues to introduce the latest research on contemporary Taiwan to explore various themes, this time however, uniting contributions under the research perspective of a transnational outlook on cross-strait studies
The colloquium is organized as a luncheon seminar with presentations. It is an online event that takes place on Mondays (with one exception) from 12.30 to 13.45. Speakers will talk for 20-30 minutes, followed by 30-40 minutes Q&A.

For details of the programme see the Taiwan Colloquium section of the ERCCT website! 

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ercct-taiwan-colloquium-summer-2021-tickets-152525753635

Einführungsveranstaltung Sinologie 19.4.2021

Mo, 19.4.2021
9:00-10:00 Studierende im Haupt- und Nebenfach B.A., B.Ed. 2. Semester

10:00-11:00 Studierende im Haupt- und Nebenfach B.A., B.Ed. 4. Semester

11:00-12:00 Studierende im Haupt- und Nebenfach B.A., B.Ed. 6. und 8. Semester

12:00-13:00 Studierende im M.A., M.Ed.

Scholarship: Extension of the Gerda-Henkel PhD Scholarship for Anna Strob, M.A.

We are pleased to announce that the PhD scholarship of the Gerda Henkel foundation for Anna Strob has been officially extended for another year until March 2022. The generous grant of the foundation will allow her to finalize the work on the translation of the first volume of Alfonso Vagnone’s Kongji gezhi 空際格致 (Investigation into Phenomena in the Atmosphere, c. 1633). With the analysis of the Chinese text, she aims to offer an insight into the Jesuit’s attempt to translate Aristotle’s natural philosophy to late Ming thought and to examine the linguistic and conceptual challenges of this early transmission of European scientific tradition. Her doctoral thesis is supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Vogel and Prof. Dr. Achim Mittag.

Lecture: Salome Foltin, "Tan-Che-Qua (c. 1728-1796): A Chinese Export Painter‘s Contribution to the English Garden Design in Eighteenth Century"

Salome Foltin, M.A. (Tübingen)
"Tan-Che-Qua (c. 1728-1796): A Chinese Export Painter‘s Contribution to the English Garden Design in Eighteenth Century" (PhD Project)
Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 9:00-10:30 am s.t., Zoom video conference (link via Sinoliste)

Chinese perspectives on a world in turmoil

Thursday, February 18 2021, 12.30 p.m. CET

Please register here to receive zoom link.

For China, the global financial crisis in 2007/8 can be considered as the starting point of a “world in turmoil”. In light of the failing of Western capitalist systems, China began to rethink its own role in the world. Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, a new ambitious domestic and global agenda was formulated. China no longer needed to “keep a low profile” (taoguang yanghui). With the Belt and Road Initiative, it demonstrated that it had something to offer to the world. The Chinese leadership saw an opportunity to improve its role in international institutions and shape the international order to make it more compatible with China’s needs. The growing rivalry with the United States during the Trump presidency was seen as proof that the US tried to contain China’s rise, while the US withdrawal from international organisations created more space for China to amplify its voice and promote its own narratives, including on the pandemic.

Dr. Gudrun Wacker is at present Senior Fellow in the Asia Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin, a think tank providing political advice to the German government and parliament. Her research focuses on Chinese foreign and security policy, especially EU-China relations, China and the Asia-Pacific region and security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific more generally. She is currently an EU delegate to the Experts and Eminent Persons Group of the ASEAN Regional Forum.