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China in Transition: Jesuit Encounters with the Dying Qing Empire
A talk by Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D. 柯學斌博士, Associate Professor of Chinese History
When four French Jesuits first encountered China in the late 1800s, they were unexpectedly swept into the turbulence of a dying empire. In this lecture, Dr. Anthony Clark, considers what it was like to be a Jesuit missionary in China as the Qing empire erupted into the violent Boxer Uprising of 1900. Living in what is today called Hebei province, these missionaries struggled to learn Chinese and adjust to Chinese culture, while also maintaining their relationships with their families back in Europe. Dr. Clark will also discuss his recent travels to where these Jesuits lived and died in 1900.
Mark Stephen Mir, M.A., staff member of the Ricci Institute, who is an expert on Chinese and Jesuit history will present a talk on the Jesuit and Chinese mapping of the heavens and the Earth.
A talk by Dr. Laura Hostetler, Professor, History Department, University of Illinois at Chicago
This illustrated talk explores the mapping of the Qing Empire of China as an important collaborative effort in the history of science. During the course of the early modern period mapmaking changed radically. The Age of Discovery prompted Europeans to chart the globe, representing their own localities in relation to the larger world. Chinese views of their place in the world also began to shift profoundly during the early modern period. Beginning with Matteo Ricci’s World Map in Chinese (c. 1600), planispheric geometry based on measurements of latitude and longitude led Chinese scholars to see and sometimes represent their place in the world in new ways. In this talk, Laura Hostetler demonstrates that just as European maps of China relied on indigenous Chinese knowledge, Chinese maps of the empire drew on technologies and practitioners introduced from the West.
Moderated by Fr. M. Antoni J. Üçerler, S.J., Director of Research, Associate Professor,
Traduttore, Traditore: The Jesuit Construction of Science via Translation in Ming-Qing China, 1600-1800
When Europeans reached China during the age of exploration, they encountered different scientific explanations for natural phenomena. European scientia, represented by the specialized branches of Aristotelian moral and natural philosophy, encountered in China the naturalistic concepts of yin-yang, qi, and the classical ideal of the six arts.
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