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WORLDMAKING FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE:
A DIALOGUE WITH CHINA
從全球視閾看“世界”的建構:對話中國

Activities of this project: Talks, Lectures, Presentations, Workshops, Interviews

Workshop "After the Crisis?—Rethinking Processes and Potentials of Change in Environment and Society"

Co-organized by the Heidelberg project “Epochal Life Worlds: Man, nature and technology in narratives of crisis and change” and the Rachel Carson Center Munich, this workshop investigated the action potential in moments of crisis and different strategies and narratives employed to put transformative visions in spite of and after a crisis into practice—both in the past and the present.

Lunch Talk "Ecopoetry as Method: Reading Gary Snyder as a Cultural Mediator between China and the World" by Winnie Yee

On July 19, 2022, the project "Epochal Life Worlds: Man, Nature and Technology in Narratives of Crisis and Change" hosted a talk by Winnie Yee (University of Hong Kong), 2022 fellow in the Joint Center's project "Social Worlds: China's Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking". In her talk, Winnie Yee examined Chinese poetry’s inspirational effect on Snyder and analyses his translations of Han Shan’s poetry in order to provide a means of transcending the simplistic dichotomies of the East and West.

Lecture "Re-thinking Apocalypse: Two Prints from Hiroshige's '100 Famous Views of Edo' Cycle"

In their talk on July 14, 2022, the speakers Yi Chen /CAPAS) and Boris Steipe (University of Toronto) mapped out the narrative systems of two prints from Hiroshige's celebrated "100 Famous Views of Edo" cycle - "Sunrise at Kanda Myōjin Shrine", and "Komakata Hall and Azuma Bridge" to develop the polyphony of layers. The analysis revealed a generally unrecognized aspect of loss and transience that underlies a part of Hiroshige‘s lyrical work.

Network meeting "Krise und Neuordnung" (Crisis and Reordering)

Between June 13 and 14, 2022, members of the Joint Center for Advanced Studies participated in the network meeting Krise and Neuordnung (Crisis and Reordering) organized by the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and the University of Hamburg. The event dealt with questions of what constitutes “crisis” across political, environmental and economic domains, and the forms of global and national re-ordering that emerge out of crises.

Online Workshop "Living an Epoch with Nature: Plants and Spatial Representations in the Ming-Qing Transition"

This interdisciplinary workshop focused on representations of plants and space and discourses on the interaction between humans and nature during the transition from the Ming to the Qing period in seventeenth-century China. From the various perspectives of art history, literary studies, cultural history, history of knowledge, and philosophy, the presenters discussed how individual artistic, poetic, and intellectual figures met the challenges and interacted with the real or imagined natural environment.

Annual Conference of the Joint Center "Global Conflicts, Global Collaboration: China in a Changing World Order"

From June 2 – 4, 2022, Göttingen University hosted the annual conference of the Joint Center. This event brought together project members and fellows from all the Joint Center’s participating locations, as well as additional invited scholars. Under the umbrella of the theme "Global Conflicts, Global Collaboration: China in a Changing World Order", the conference – among other subjects – discussed arenas where shared global issues emerge but also become sources of geopolitical contestations.

Workshop CREATIO - Vom Ende als Anfang: Globale und interdisziplinäre Perspektiven

Together with the Junge Kantorei and the Academy for Future, the Heidelberg project team of “Epochal Life Worlds” organized an interdisciplinary project on the theme of creation. The workshop was the first of a series of events which aim to bring together scholars from various disciplines, climate activists, professional musicians, and youth groups in order to rethink crises and transformations as an interplay of destruction and creation, end and beginning.

CAPAS Lecture Series 2022 "Ending Worlds"

Organized as a joint lecture series of the Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) and the project “Epochal Life Worlds: Man, nature and technology in narratives of crisis and change” of the Joint Centre for Advanced Studies “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective: A Dialogue with China”, this lecture series undertook the task of exploring imaginaries and experiences of catastrophic and (post-)apocalyptic events from an interdisciplinary perspective with a special focus on Asia.

Lecture Series "The (Re-)Invention of Latin America: Myths of Conquest and Civilisation" startet with a lecture by Stefanie Gänger and Barbara Mittler

On April 21, 2022, in the framework of the lecture series “The (Re-) Invention of Latin America—Myths of Conquest and Civilisation“, Barbara Mittler (PI of the Joint Center's project "Epochal Life Worlds: Man, Nature and Technology in Narratives of Crisis and Change") gave a lecture together with Stefanie Gänger (professor of Modern History at Heidelberg University) on the topic "CONQUISTA Rethinking Global History through Artistic Renderings".

Opinion article in VAN Magazine with contributions by Barbara Mittler and Björn Alpermann on classical music in China

On February 9, 2022, VAN Magazin published an opinion piece by Hartmut Welcher entitled "Contact avoidance - China tours of German orchestras serve almost exclusively marketing strategies and political instrumentalization. The much-invoked "cultural exchange" hardly takes place. A missed opportunity", contributions to which were made by Barbara Mittler and Björn Alpermann.

Digital Dialogue #5 "Art in Times of Crisis - The Covid-19 Pandemic and Taibei's Artscapes. A Digital Dialogue with Contemporary Taiwanese Artist Betty Apple"

As part of the Joint Center's Digital Workshop Series "Digital Dialogues", Dr. Phillip Grimberg talked with artist Betty Apple about the ways in which the current pandemic has changed and/or influenced artists' understanding of the world and themselves, and how she understands the relationship between different kinds of worlds-natural, political, cultural, fictional, literary, linguistic, and virtual-and their vulnerability to crisis, change, and disaster.

Pandemic Readings Continued "A personal glimpse of life in China's Lockdown: Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City by Fang FANG" - An Online Reading and Discussion

In continuation of the Workshop Series “Pandemic Readings”, the CATS and the Confucius Institute Heidelberg organized another event series on pandemics, dystopias and literature. As part of the 2nd event, Sara Landa (CATS) talked with the German translator of the diary and long-time cultural mediator Michael Kahn-Ackermann about selected records and the challenges of translating a non-literary collection of posts and thoughts.

Pandemic Readings Continued "Science Fiction Literature from China - The Waste Tide by Qiufan Chen" - An Online Reading and Discussion

In continuation of the Workshop Series “Pandemic Readings”, the CATS and the Confucius Institute Heidelberg organized another event series on pandemics, dystopias and literature. This series started December 2, 2021, with a discussion of Chen Qiufan’s “The Waste Tide” by Frederike Schneider-Vielsäcker (Heidelberg) and Dr. Chiara Cigarini (Venice).

Fellow Lecture "King Yu’s Space Colonies: Planetary Futures in Contemporary Chinese Fiction" by Dr. Johannes Kaminski

Within the framework of the Fellow Lectures, the talk of Dr. Johannes D. Kaminski, fellow in the project "Epochal Life Worlds: Man, Nature and Technology in Narratives of Crisis and Change" addressed Chinese perspectives on the ecological crisis, tracing two lines of arguments in contemporary essays and novels. The common perception of the West's responsibility for climate change can also be found in the texts as well the conviction that technology can allow humanity to transcend the predicaments of present and future ecological crises.

Fellow Lecture "Why Does Over Population Matter for Climate and What Should We Do About It? Lessons from China's Controversial One-Child Policy" by Dr. Dale Jiajun Wen

As part of the Fellow Lectures, Dr. Dale Jiajun Wen, fellow in the project "Epochal Life Worlds: Man, Nature and Technology in Narratives of Crisis and Change", addressed the influence of population figures on the climate and opened the discussion about which policies should be adopted to facilitate women's empowerment and the necessary demographic transition.

Presentation “Reinventing the Buddhist Tradition: Vegetarianism and Cultural Identity in Republican China” by Matthias Schumann

On August 24, 2021, as part of the biennial conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS), Matthias Schumann, postdoctoral researcher in the project "Epochal Lifeworlds: Humans, Nature, and Technology in Narratives of Crisis and Transition" presented a paper on "Reinventing the Buddhist Tradition: Vegetarianism and Cultural Identity in Republican China".

Digital Dialogue #1 "The Interpretation of Natural Events in European and Chinese History: A Digital Dialogue"

As part of the Digital Workshop Series "Digital Dialogues" of the Joint Center "Worldmaking", the two speakers, Dr. habil. Thomas Wozniak, research fellow at the Joint Center, and Dr. Ishayahu Landa, discussed the interpretation of natural events such as solar eclipses, ‘dragons’ or famine.

Symposium "Vanitas21: Present - Transience and Faith in Catastrophic Times"

On July 3, 2021, as part of the Vanitas21 project, a symposium on the topic of "Vanitas 1630 - 2021-Transience and Confidence in Catastrophic Times" was held in cooperation with the Junge Kantorei at the Wartburgkirche in Frankfurt. With the support of the TRN Environment-Rethinking-Transformations, and as part of the Joint Center "Worldmaking", concerts on the question of pandemics and creativity, also a topic of the workshop series "Pandemic Readings", will take place on September 19 and 25, 2021.

Workshop Series "Pandemic Readings: Crisis and Creativity"

On May 20, 2021, the four-part workshop series "Pandemic Readings: Crisis and Creativity" was launched, organized and conducted by the project "Epochal Lifeworlds: Humans, Nature and Technology in Narratives of Crisis and Change" at Heidelberg University.