Lecture on Historical Writing of France in Late-Qing Shanghai to Revisit East Asian Modernity

Starts:
2:00 pm on Saturday, March 30, 2013
Location:
MIT, Whitehead Institute Auditorium, 9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
The New England Association of Chinese Professional has invited Dr. W.T. Lu from the Department of Chinese Literature, National Central University, one of our TUSA scholars at Harvard to give a talk on 3/30 2PM at Harvard. Her topic will be: On Historical Writing of France in Late-Qing Shanghai to Revisit East Asian Modernity ( the talk will be in Chinese). The study will focus on Wang Tao’s (1828-1897) historical writings of French during the late 19th century to revisit an aspect of East Asian Modernity. The discussion will focus on the four main issues: the intellectual community in Maijiaquan (Medhurst Circle, center around London Missionary Society Mission Press in the British Concession of Shanghai); the formation and transformation of French iconography in the late Qing Dynasty; the communication and responses between Sino-Japanese intellectual community; the cross-cultural interpretation in the late 19th century. The speaker hope that Wang’s writings offer an entry point to probe into other Sino-Japanese intellectuals’ different developmental processes in mapping out a world picture when they face the dynamic changes. This complicated yet multiple cross-cultural interpretation and translation phenomena is key to rethink East Asian Modernity in late 19th Century.