Workshops (Archiv)

Workshop "Coloniality and Global Enocunters in Romance Cultural History" 21-22 Oct 2021

The conference "Coloniality and Global Enocunters in Romance Cultural History", held online 21-22 Oct 2021,  is part of the University of Tübingen’s multidisciplinary Global Encounters, Platform 4 of the Exzellenzstrategie program, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Ministry of Science Baden-Württemberg.

Prof. Fei HUANG will participate with a lecture on "A Short Global History on the Knowledge Exchange of Medical Springs and Spa between Europe and China in the 16th and 17th Century". (Thursday, 21 Oct, 11:00,


Workshop: Marco Polo in the Spotlight - Perception and Reception

Marco Polo in the Spotlight: Perception and Reception,
workshop organized by Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Vogel (Tübingen),
with the participation of
Prof. Dr. Günther Görz (Erlangen), Dr. Phillip Grimberg (Erlangen), and Elisa Cugliana, M.A. (Venice),
at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (ICRH):
“Fate, Freedom and Prognostication – Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe”,
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Hartmannstr. 14, Erlangen, Germany, 18 February 2020.

Workshop/Tagung: ERCCT Hosts International Conference on the first Tsai Ing-wen Administration in Taiwan

In cooperation with the University of Nottingham and with generous support from the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the CCKF-ERCCT from 13-14 December, 2019 organizes an international scientific conference on the first Tsai Ing-wen administration. We have invited internationally reknowned Taiwan Studies scholars that have all been in close relationship with the ERCCT over the years. An overview on topics and panels can be found below. With this new book project, we also continue a tradition that started with our review edition of the Ma Ying-jeou administration. For further information on the conference you can contact Gunter Schubert, Tseng Yu-chin and Sascha Zhivkov.


Rundgespräch "Denke ich an China am Tag des 4. Mai" (auf Chinesisch)


  • 青年学子谈五四
  • 特邀王维江教授与王晴佳教授与大家一起开展圆桌会谈

Weltethos-Institut, Hintere Grabenstraße 26

Organisiert vom China Centrum Tübingen, dem Asien-Orient-Institut und dem Verein der chinesischen Studenten und Wissenschaftler in Tübingen

Workshop und Ausstellung: Hundert Jahre Vierter-Mai-Bewegung

Vernissage Sa, 4. Mai, 17 Uhr, im Weltethos-Institut, Hintere Grabenstr. 26

Die Vierte-Mai-Bewegung oder Neue-Kultur-Bewegung (1919–1923) war ein Schlüsselereignis in der neueren Geschichte Chinas, mit weitestreichenden Nachwirkungen bis in die Gegenwart. Am Anfang standen Studentendemonstrationen in Peking am 4. Mai 1919, ausgelöst durch die Nachricht von der Versailler Friedenskonferenz, dass das einstige deutsche Kolonialgebiet Kiautschou Japan zugesprochen worden war.
Die sich rasch ausweitenden Studentenproteste gingen einher mit umfassenderen Forderungen nach Abschaffung der alten Schriftsprache zugunsten einer am gesprochenen Chinesisch orientierten allgemeinen Hochsprache, nach Schaffung einer modernen Literatur sowie nach Überwindung der traditionellen konfuzianischen Gesellschafts- und Werteordnung („Zerschlagt den Konfuzius-Laden!“ 打倒孔家店). Das Leitbild dabei war ein durch „Mr. Science“ und „Mr. Democracy“ bestimmtes „europäisiertes China“, das tiefgreifend das Selbstverständnis weiter Teile der chinesischen Intellektuellenschicht prägte. Die wechselhafte, stets die eigene Identität und das Verhältnis zum Westen berührende Auseinandersetzung mit dem Vierten Mai ist bis heute nicht abgeschlossen. Der Workshop versammelt eine Gruppe von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern aus dem In- und Ausland, um die Vielfalt von Gesichtspunkten der 4.Mai-Bewegung neu in den Blick zu nehmen. Er wird begleitet von einer Ausstellung des chinesischen Künstlerduos NI Shaofeng und DENG Huaidong, die anhand von Gesichtern von damals und heute die anhaltende Aktualität des Vierten Mai sichtbar machen.


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

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.

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 ( or Dr. Cao (

Programme and Flyer.

Congress: Edward Yong Liang’s participation in the 133rd Annual Meeting of American Historical Association in Chicago (3-6 January 2019)

Recently Edward Yong Liang attended the 133rd Annual Meeting of American Historical Association in Chicago (3-6 January 2019). During his stay, Mr Liang attended two panels of Digital History, several panels of Asian History and Global History, several panels about doctoral education and teaching history at university level. Furthermore, he also joined a trip to visit archival collections, and participated in meetings of minority historians, a breakfast of gender equity, and sessions for awards ceremony, presidential speech, etc. Moreover, Mr Liang interacted with historians across the globe, discussed various themes in regard to late imperial China and exchanged ideas for further research based on Manchu documents. Regarding academic collaborations, Mr Liang has initiated projects with scholars from different universities: with Ed Gitre, Virginia Tech, for transcribing Manchu documents into Romanised versions; with Andrew Phillips Bartlett, University of Colorado, for genealogical studies of Manchu, Mongol and Chinese royal families in East Asian History; with Pamela Kyle Crossley, Dartmouth College, for integrating Manchu history as part of Global History. Besides, Mr Liang also has encouraged two PhD candidates, Riga Shakya from Columbia University and Gregor Weimar from SOAS University of London, to learn Manchu language for historical studies.

Symposium: "China macht Schule"

Am Freitag, 7.12.2018, 15:30–17:15 Uhr, findet im China Centrum Tübingen (CCT; Hintere Grabenstr. 26) ein Symposium „China macht Schule“ statt.

Besonders sei auf den Vortrag von Herrn Professor Dr. Andreas Guder (Universität Göttingen), Vorsitzender des Fachverbands Chinesisch e.V. und Herausgeber der Zeitschrift CHUN, zum Thema „Die Fremdsprache Chinesisch in unserem Bildungssystem – eine Standortbestimmung“ hingewiesen.

Um Rückmeldung wird bis zum 6.12.2018 gebeten (vera.schick(at)


Tagung: Kunyu gezhi 坤輿格致 oder die Geschichte der chinesischen Übersetzung von "De re metallica", 24. November 2018, Chemnitz

Im Rahmen des 27. Agricola-Gesprächs werden Prof. Hans Ulrich Vogel, Dr. Chen Hailian, Sabine Kink, MA, und Anna Strob, MA, am Agricola-Forschungszentrum in Chemnitz einen Workshop gestalten, der über das DFG-Projekt „Die Übertragung westlicher Naturwissenschaft, Technologie und Medizin ins China der späten Ming-Zeit“ und seine neuesten Erkenntnisse unterrichten wird. Die Veranstaltung findet im Wasserschloss Klaffenbach statt und wird gemeinsam vom Agricola-Forschungszentrum Chemnitz, vom Lehrstuhl für Geschichte und Gesellschaft Chinas der Tübinger Sinologie und den C³ Chemnitzer Veranstaltungszentren durchgeführt. Sie wird zudem von der Chemnitzer Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft als Teil der 875-Jahrfeier der Stadt Chemnitz unterstützt.

International Conference "Marco Polo Studies: Past, Present, Future" October 10-11, 2017

Pictures from the conference held at the Section for Chinese Studies at Tübingen University.

International Conference "Marco Polo Studies: Past, Present, Future"

Marco Polo Studies: Past, Present, Future
International Conference supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (Taiwan)
Organizers: Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Vogel and Dr. Ulrich Theobald

10-11 October 2017, 8:00-18:00
Philosophische Fakultät, Asien-Orient-Institut, Abteilung Sinologie und Koreanistik
Wilhelmstr. 133, R. 30 (2nd Floor)


Tuesday, Oct 10
8:00 Welcome Address by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leonhardt, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Tübingen
Introduction Hans Ulrich Vogel, Ulrich Theobald
8:15-9:15 Past Researches, Current Work, and Future Investigations on the «Devisement du monde» of Marco Polo, Philippe Ménard
9:45-10:15 The Textual Transmission of the «Devisement dou monde»: Old Problems and New Insights, Alvise Andreose
10:15-11:40 On the Way to an Integral Edition of the Book of Marco Polo: A First Attempt to Create a Digital Version, Eugenio Burgio, Samuela Simion
14:15-14:45 “Déviations”: «Le Devisement dou monde» and the World Empire of Letters, Sharon Kinoshita
14:45-15:15 Who Read Marco Polo’s Book and what for? Christine Gadrat
16:15-16:45 Literary Styles in the «Devisement du Monde», Danièle James-Raoul
16:45-17:15 Persia - A Strategical Place in the «Devisement du monde»: Order and Disorder in the Progress of the Narrative, Michèle Guéret-Laferté
17:15-17:45 Exotism in Marco Polo’s Accounts, with a Focus on his Return from Asia, Dominique Boutet

Wednesday, Oct 11
9:00-9:30 Marco Polo on Nestorianism, TANG Li
9:30-10:00 The Ancestors of Marco’s Marvels: Mirabilia mundi in Latin Travel Reports of the 13th Century, Johannes Gießauf
10:30-11:00 On Yuan Dynasty Money, Helen Wang
11:00-11:30 The Military System of the Yuan Dynasty, Ulrich Theobald
14:00-14:30 Three Mongolian Toponyms of Marco Polo’s Cambaluc, DANG Baohai
14:30-15:00 On the Custom of Sexual Hospitality in Marco Polo’s the Description of the World, LUO Wei
15:30-16:00 Marco Polo’s Crouching Dragons and Hidden Tigers, Hans Ulrich Vogel
16:00-16.30 The Description of the City of Quinsai in the Early Tradition of the «Devisement dou monde», Guiseppe Mascherpa
16:30-17:00 Tibet in the Major Versions of Marco Polo, Michel Quereuil

International Symposium on Manchu Studies in Göttingen: "Manchu in Global History: A Research Language for Qing Historians"

From 18 to 23 September 2017, Edward Yong LIANG, M.A., and doctoral candidate in Sinology at the Department of Chinese and Korean Studies, University of Tübingen, was invited to teach Manchu studies at the international conference "Manchu in Global History: A Research Language for Qing Historians," organized by the Department of East Asian Studies & Centre for Modern East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen. Over thirty scholars from East Asia, Central Asia, Europe and North America attended his classes.

During his stay in Göttingen, Mr Liang gave lectures about Manchu sources, primers, diplomatic documents and official archives. As a language teacher, Mr Liang also facilitated the participants to learn Sibe-Manchu conversations, in an effort to revive Manchu as an endangered language.

Furthermore, Mr Liang offered valuable advice for improving papers presented at the conference, e.g. with regard to accessing more sources as well as helping in reading and translating Manchu texts. He also shared his personal collection of Manchu sources with the conference organizers and participants, who remarked that scholars feel thus much encouraged to exchange ideas and sources to enhance research quality.

Through this conference, a community of the Manchu scholars is taking shape, and Manchu studies is reaching a new level. Mr Yong Liang's participation has, moreover, demonstrated that Sinology at the University of Tübingen has appeared as one of the leading forces to revive Europe as one of the centers of Manchu studies.

Workshop: Core Concepts of Historical Thinking and the Dynamics of Chinese History as Part of a One-World History

China Roundtable

Workshop: Roundtable with Prof. Dr. Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer

Roundtable with Prof. Dr. Helwig SCHMIDT-GLINTZER

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Former Director of the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

Director of the Tübingen China Centre (CCT)

Dienstag, 31. Mai 2016, 18 Uhr c.t.
Wilhelmstr. 133, Raum 30

Workshop: Blockseminar Prof. Wang Jenn-hwan (NCCU, Taiwan): Wasserkraft und Gesellschaft


Prof. Wang Jenn-hwan vom Institute of International Relations, National Cheng-chih Universit (Taiwan), der zur Zeit als Gast des ERCCT in Tübingen weilt, wird von Fr, 28.11. bis So, 30.11. ein Blockseminar halten mit dem Titel:


Hydro-social contests in China's economic development: hydropower and economic planning

Die Seminartermine sind:

Fr, 28.11., 9 - 17 Uhr

Sa, 29.11., 10- 17 Uhr

So, 30.11., 9 - 13 Uhr

Ort der Veranstaltung ist Raum 23 des European Research Center On Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), Wilhelmstraße. 19, 3. Stock.


Das Seminar wird mit 5 ECTS-Punkten kreditiert und steht allen Masterstudierenden der Studiengänge M.A. Sinologie/Chinese Studies und M.A. Politik und Gesellschaft Ostasiens offen.


Schriftliche Voranmeldung bitte bis zum 20.11. an stefan.braigspam


Workshop: Basic Concepts of Historical Thinking, Oct 22-23, 2014, Peking

Workshop: October 22-23, 2014
Basic Concepts of Historical Thinking –Towards an Intercultural Discourse


Organized by:
Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jörn Rüsen (Universität Witten/Herdecke)
Prof. Dr. Achim Mittag (PKU, VisitingScholar)


PKU, Department of History, Renwen Xueyuan 5, B113, October 22–23, 9:00–17:00
北京大学历史学系,人文学院五号楼B113, 10月22日至23日(周三、周四),9:00–17:00

Programme (Flyer)

5th Int'l Workshop of the MMF Research Group Oct 5-8, 2011

The Fifth International Workshop of the Research Group "Monies, Markets and Finance in China and East Asia, 1600-1900" will take place on October 5-8, 2011, in the building of the Department of Geography.


Tagung: Gemeinsame Konferenz des Kompetenznetzes "Regieren in China" und des Arbeitskreises Sozialwissenschaftliche Chinaforschung (ASC) der DGA

Im Anschluss an den Jahresworkshop des Kompetenznetzes am 22. und 23. November hat der Lehrstuhl am 23. und 24. November die gemeinsame Konferenz des Kompetenznetz und des ASC mit internationaler Beteiligung im Fürstenzimmer des Schlosses Hohentübingen ausgerichtet. Hier finden Sie das Programm.