Conference: Questioning Modernity 質問現代性 Critical Engagement with Western Knowledge in Late Imperial and Republican China 晚期中華帝國與民國時期針對西學的批判性交涉

Göttingen, Germany
22nd 24th Nov 2013

"Over the past 20 years, the development of modern knowledge in China has been a focus of much research. Core topics of debate have included whether the late Ming-early Qing period already contained indigenous elements of modern science; that is, the relative weight and importance of internal traditions and their dynamic developments vis-à-vis external, mostly Western factors. Many projects have focused on the reception

of Western academic and scientific terms, and identifying sources, avenues and processes of the reception and refraction of Western knowledge in its interaction with indigenous knowledge systems. An aspect of modern knowledge in China, however, that has not been researched sufficiently so far is the range of critical engagement with modern knowledge and its underlying worldviews and values. “Critical engagement” here refers to comprehending and evaluating modern knowledge through processes that are simultaneously located within modern knowledge systems (as is inevitable) and yet located at positions that offer a certain, “critical” distance, allowing for new and possibly creative perspectives.  Critical engagement thus not only refers to conservative reactions against modernity or aspects of modernity, but also to engagements with modern Western concepts that challenge certain core elements of modernity without rejecting change altogether."





Nov. 22 – Nov. 24  2013

University of Göttingen: Historic Observatory
Participants will arrive on Nov. 21 followed by two and a half days of keynote speeches, panel work, and plenary sessions. Each panel consists of two to three participants, who each will have 20 minutes to summarize the core  argument of her/his contribution. They will be commented upon in a 15-20 minutes synthesizing comment followed by 40-45 minutes of discussion.

Friday, 22 November 2013

09:00 – 10:15 Opening Remarks + Keynote
Chang So-an (Academia Sinica, Taipeh), Axel Schneider (University of Göttingen)
Chang So-an: “Literature or Philosophy?: Different Approaches between Zhang Xuecheng and Gong Zizhen on Ancient Philosophers”
10:15 – 13:00 Panel 1:  From local to global: Concepts of Nation State and History in Late Qing and Early Republican China
Speakers: Xu Jilin, Liu Long-hsin, Marc Matten
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:45 Panel 2: Territory, Nation and Geographical Imagination in Modern East Asia
Speakers: Tong Lam, Kuang-che Pan, Tze-ki Hon
16:45 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 19:00 Panel 3: Gender and Modernity in Modern China
Speakers: Rebecca Karl, Weijing Lu
19.00 Dinner

Saturday, 23 November 2013

09:00 – 12:00 Panel 4: Media, Dissemination and Popularization of Knowledge
Zhang Qing, Ivo Amelung, Peter Zarrow
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
12.00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Panel 5:  I. Science and Natural History
Jiang Sun, Fa-ti Fan
15:00 – 15:20 Coffee Break
15:20 – 17:00 Panel 5: II. Scientific Thought, Missionaries and the West
Speakers: Ming-hui Hu, Che-chia Chang
17:00 – 17:15 Coffee Break
17:15 – 19:00 Panel 6: Concepts of Law and Legal History
Speakers: Britta Büermann, Chiu Peng-sheng
19:00 Dinner

Sunday, 24 November 2013

9:15 – 12:30  Panel 7: Forms of Resistance against the New
Speakers: Wu Chan-liang, Axel Schneider, Christian Uhl
10:45 – 11:00 Short Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Panel 7 continued
Speakers: Viren Murthy, Leigh Jenco
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Panel 8: Religion and Modernity
Speakers: Ke-wu Huang, John Makeham
15:00 – 16:00 Concluding Remarks
Chang So-an, Axel Schneider
18:00 Farewell Dinner



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