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Events : The Shared Struggle for Freer Speech in Early Modern China and England

Type of event Vortrag
Title of the event The Shared Struggle for Freer Speech in Early Modern China and England
Speaker Prof. Dr. Martin Powers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Department of the History of Art

Shortdescription In Song times Chinese scholars began collecting exemplary writings on social and political policy as study aids for examination candidates. These compilations included edicts on contrarian political speech by Emperor Han Wendi, and policy documents on equality by statesmen such as Jia Yi, Ouyang Xiu, and Su Shi. Emperor Kangxi had these collections compiled together as examples of the best legal and political thinking in the Chinese tradition. The Jesuits translated this collection into French in the 1730‘s, and this work was translated into English. Before long the “Free Thinkers” and other European progressives were making use of political arguments recorded there in their struggles against nepotism, cronyism, and aristocratic privilege. This paper examines the role of translingual practice in this process, balanced against considerations of structural necessity. As a third check, the paper compares ways in which visual art could be pressed into service in support of these struggles, both in China and in England.
Date Start: 24.04.2017, 16:00 Uhr
Ende: 24.04.2017 , 18:00 Uhr
Location Verfügungsgebäude, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 7, Raum 1.104
Organizer Akademisches Konfuzius-Institut e.V. an der Universität Göttingen und Ostasiatisches Seminar
Contact 0551 39-21647
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