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.
We are happy to inform you that Prof. Hans Ulrich Vogel, Chair for Chinese History and Society, Department of Chinese Studies, Tübingen University, and Prof. Zhang Baichun 张柏春, Center for Comparative Studies, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences (IHNS), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, have been generously granted an amount of ca. 200.000 € by the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion (SGCRP, Chinesisch-Deutsches Zentrum für Wissenschaftsförderung, 中德科学中心), Beijing . This three-year grant is destined for the establishment of a Sino-German Mobility Programme (2020-2022) dealing with the “Transfer of Technical and Scientific Knowledge between Europe and China during the Early Modern Period” (近代早期中欧技术科学知识的转移).
Anna Strob has been granted a two-year PhD scholarship by the Gerda Henkel Foundation for the period from April 2020 to March 2022. The generous support of the foundation will allow her to focus full-time on her PhD project "Translating Renaissance Science: Alfonso Vagnone’s Kongji gezhi 空際格致 (Investigation into Celestial Phenomena, c. 1633)." According to the present state of research, the Kongji gezhi can be considered one of the first comprehensive attempts to translate Aristotle’s natural philosophy into Chinese. This effort, undertaken as part of the Jesuit mission, coincided with a growing interest in natural sciences and technology in late Ming China. In her doctoral thesis Anna Strob examines linguistic and conceptual challenges of this multi-facetted cultural encounter. Her thesis is supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Vogel and Prof. Dr. Achim Mittag and is part of the international 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)" funded by the German Research Foundation and carried out at the University of Tübingen.
Li Yexin 刘烨昕, "A Symposium on the Transfer of Scientific and Technical Knowledge between Europe and China during the Early Modern Period Held at the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion", Chinese Annals of History of Science and Technology 3 (1), 106-110 (2019). PDF
Hans Ulrich Vogel and Beatriz Puente-Ballesteros, "Translating Western Science, Technology and Medicine to Late Ming China: A New Project under the Auspices of SCEaR", Newsletter of UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, Sub-Committee on Education and Research, December 2018: 10-12. PDF
Hans Ulrich Vogel, "Rediscovery of a Manuscript: The Chinese Translation of Georgius Agricola‘s De re metallica", Newsletter of UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, Sub-Committee on Education and Research, November 2016, 16-20. PDF
Hans Ulrich Vogel, "Westliches Wissen in China: Ein neues Forschungsprojekt der Tübinger Sinologie befasst sich mit der chinesischen Übersetzung von Georgius Agricolas De re metallica von 1640", Damals, 48.5: 45-46 (Mai 2016). PDF