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International Conference

Europe in China III: Between Ming and Qing

Berlin 22-26 April, 1998

An International Conference organized by Michael Lackner and Catherine Jami in collaboration with Iwo Amelung, Joachim Kurtz, Hans Poser, the East Asian Department of the University of Göttingen and the Study Group for the History and Philosophy of Chinese Science and Technology at Technische Universität Berlin. Sponsored by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Senate of the State of Berlin and the Gesellschaft von Freunden der Technischen Universität Berlin.

Conference Venue:
Technische Universität Berlin
Hauptgebäude (Main Building), Room H1035
Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin


Conference Programme

Wednesday, 22 April: 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Welcoming speech by the Vice-President of Technische Universität Berlin


Opening Session

Introductory remarks by Michael Lackner (Göttingen) and Catherine Jami (Paris)


Christianity in China Between Ming and Qing

Wednesday, 22 April: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Chair: G. Bertuccioli (Roma)

Erik Zürcher (Leiden): "In the Yellow Tiger's Den: Buglio and Magalhaes at the court of the rebel king Zhang Xianzhong, 1644-1646".

Eugenio Menegon (Berkeley): "Chinese and Spanish Hagiographies: Dominican Saints, Christian Loyalists and Confucian Exemplars in Northern Fujian during the Ming-Qing Transition".

Adrian Dudink (Leuven): "Sympathisants and opponents to Christianity before and after the fall of the Ming".


Christianity in China Between Ming and Qing (continued)

Thursday, 23 April: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chair: E. Zürcher (Leiden)

Dominic Sachsenmaier (Harvard): "Zhu Zongyuan and the Problem of Christianity's Foreign Origin".

Shu-Jyuan Deiwiks (Köln): "The Secret Manchu Documents on the Trial against Jesuit Father Adam Schall von Bell (1592-1666) at the Supreme Court of Peking".

Li Wenchao (Berlin): "Missionaries in the later Kangxi era".


Scholars, Science and Philosophy

Thursday, 23 April: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Chair: W. Peterson (Princeton)

Nicolas Standaert (Leuven): "Classification of the sciences in seventeenth century China and Europe".

Robert Wardy (Cambridge): "The Mingli tan: categorising the Chinese Categories".

Li Tiangang (Shanghai): "The translation of Western Learning in the late Ming. A case study on the basis of the Mingli tan".

Catherine Jami (Paris): "The Jesuits' Role in the 'Scientific' Construction of the Qing State".


Visit to the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Friday, 24 April: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Language and Art During the Early Qing

Friday, 24 April: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Chair: M. Lackner (Göttingen)

Giuliano Bertuccioli (Roma): "Martino Martini's Grammatica Sinica".

Federico Masini (Roma): "The first Chinese dictionary in Europe (1670) as a source for the study of Ming-Qing Chinese vernacular language".

Gerl inde Gild (Göttingen): "The Presentation of European Music to the Chinese Court during the Early Qing".

Adrian Hsia (Montréal): "The Manchu Conquest and the European Literary Imagination: The Creation of a Catholic Dynasty in China".


Responses to Western Learning

Saturday, 25 April: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chair: C. Jami (Paris)

Willard Peterson (Princeton): "Literati Responses to Western Learning in Mathematics and Astronomy at the Time of the Ming-Qing Transition".

Liu Dun (Beijing): "'Xixue zhongyuan' in Early China".

Han Qi (Beijing): "Joachim Bouvet's Study of the Yijing and the Theory of the Chinese Origin of Western Learning during the Kangxi Era".


Responses to Western Learning (continued)

Saturday, 25 April: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Chair: Liu Dun (Beijing)

Peter Engelfriet (Leiden): "The Spread of Western Scientific Knowledge during the Shunzhi-Reign".

Ursula Holler (München): "The Taixi renshen shuogai of Johann Schreck and its Reception in China".

Hsu Kuang-tai (Hsinchu): "In the Name of 'Gewu Qiongli': The Transmission of Western Learning in Late Ming and Early Qing".


Christian Literature in the Early Qing

Sunday, 26 April: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chair: N. Standaert (Leuven)

Hartmut Walravens (Berlin): "Christian Literature in Manchurian".

Michael Lackner (Göttingen): "The Tianxue chuan'gai (1663) revisited".


Concluding Discussion

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