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:
Meeting-ID: 915 2849 4113
Identification Code: 833265

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

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.