24. Mai bis
3. Juli 2010

14. Juni und
15. Juni 2010

Europe in China – China in Europe: Science and Technology as a Vehicle to Intercultural Dialogue

A symposium on the history of science of the cultural exchange between Europe and China with an exhibition of original documents. On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Matteo Ricci's death, the protagonist of interaction with China through science.


The symposium's objective is to build a new bridge between Europe and East Asia, between natural science and the humanities, between different structures of thinking and action.

Time & Venue

University of Zürich, Rämistrasse 71, Room E018

Time: Monday, 14 June, 2010 (09:00-18:00) till Tuesday,15 June, 2010  (09:00-18:00)

Arrival of overseas speakers: Saturday, 12  June, 2010


Prof. Robert Gassmann
Prof. Erich Zettl
Dr. Jean-Pierre Voiret

Walter Landolt (Consultant)

Alois Osterwalder (Coordination)

Cäcilia Eberhard (Secretary)

Patronage: Swiss-Chinese Association & Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Participants are kindly asked to read the proofs. Please give your comments to: Alois Osterwalder, Gruenaustrasse 8, 9403 Goldach, Switzerland. E-Mail: info@bodensee-institut.ch

Monday, 14 June 2010: A. "Protagonists of cultural exchange between Europe and China"

9:00Welcome address and introduction of the symposium. Gassmann, Prof. emeritus, Ostasiatisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
9:15Keynote speaker: Benjamin Elman, Princeton University: "Rethinking the Macartney Mission of 1793 in Light of the Limits of the Jesuit Mission in China”
10:00 Coffee break
10:30Michela Fontana, Roma: “Matteo Ricci, a Pioneer of Crosscultural Understanding”
11:15Yu Sanle, Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural Exchange, Beijing Administrative College: "The Swiss Jesuit Franz Stadlin and the Historical Development of the Zhalan Cemetery"
13:30Jean-Pierre Voiret, Bodensee-Institut für interkulturelle Bildung und Zusammenarbeit (BIIB), Goldach: "Needham's Puzzle in Retrospective"
14:15Claudia von Collani, Universität Münster "Mission from Inside. The Role of Chinese Women for Chinese Christianity"
15:00Coffee break
15:30Zhang Baichun, Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing: "The qiqi tushuo as an Example of European-Chinese Scientific Cooperation"
16:15Xu Wenmin, Ostasien-Institut e.V., Bonn: "Chinese Scholar Officials and the Jesuits in the Transition from Ming to Qing – WEI Xuelian and the Swiss Jesuit Nikolaus Fiva as a Paradigm"
17:00Panel discussion: "Phases of Intercultural Encounter: Jesuits, Protestants, Scientists"

Tuesday, 15. June 2010: B. Intercultural attraction and antagonism

9:00Tian Miao, Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing: "The Transmission of Euclid's Elements to China"
9:45Catherine Jami, Chargée de recherche, CNRS, Paris & Needham Research Institute (NRI), Cambridge:"Imperial Appropriation of Western Learning during the Kangxi Reign"
10:30Coffee break
11:00Jean-Pierre Voiret, Bodensee-Institut für interkulturelle Bildung und Zusammenarbeit (BIIB): "How does Europe receive China: The Case of the Daodejing"
11:45Peter F. Tschudin, Swiss Museum of Paper, Writing & Printing (Basler Papiermühle), Basel, Switzerland: "History Forms a Circle: Paper and Printing in China"

12:30Lunch Break
14:00Joachim Kurtz, Universität Heidelberg, Intellectual History, Cluster "Asia and Europe": "The Rhetoric of Trust: Science and Religion in Jesuit Paratexts"
14:45Roger Hart, University of Texas, Austin: t.b.a.
15:30Coffee break
16:00Artur Wardega, S.J., director, Macau Ricci Institute: "From Macao up to Beijing (1582-3 till 1610) – Matteo Ricci and Euro Jesuit Enterprise in China: Portrait of a Jesuit"
16:45Round-table discussion. Chair: Artur Wardega
17:30Conclusions. Referee: Paul Widmer, scientific assistant
18:00End of symposium

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