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Chinese-European Academic Lecture No. 199 (online)

   The Misidentification of ji since the Tang and Song Dynasties and Its Influence on the Vocabularies of Materia Medica and Modern Botany (Li Guoqiang) The identification of the plant to which ji (稷) refers has been a major issue of debate for more than 1500 years. In the pre-Qin literature, the usage of ji is common knowledge and needs no explanation, but its linguistic context indicates that ji is foxtail millet (Setaria italica [L.] P. Beauv.). This correspondence is also clearly defined by […]

Chinese-European Lecture Series 2021/2022

Agriculture and the Making of Sciences (1100–1700) This year’s lecture series is a collaboration between the European Research Centre for Chinese Studies, the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Hitherto historians of science tend to examine pre-modern agriculture in extra-European traditions from the perspective of modern agronomy retrospectively, often within a single ethno-linguistic context. In this set of seminars, speakers aim at reversing this approach by exploring how agricultural practices […]

What the History of Astronomy Can Teach Us about the Unknown

Humanity has long wished to know the universe. This desire has been present in nearly every civilization, culture, or community of human beings. Knowing the universe has always been extremely challenging, notwithstanding diverse approaches to the task—scientific reasoning, ancestral respect, the identification and worship of divinities, to name but a few. Nevertheless, there is a … Continue reading What the History of Astronomy Can Teach Us about the Unknown

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Knowledge Notes: Calls

Knowledge is not explicitly referenced in the following four calls, but their cultural and practice-oriented framings certainly lend themselves to proposals informed by the history of knowledge. The History of Women, Religion, and Emotions, June 24–26, 2022, in-person, Indiana University Europe Gateway in Berlin, Germany. Proposal deadline: October 15, 2021. Die jüdische Familie in der … Continue reading Knowledge Notes: Calls

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China Archives

“China Archives” explores the history of archives in China from the imperial period until today. This blog reflects the current state of research on archival practices in late imperial China and addresses issues related to Chinese archival policy as we…

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