Chinese Local Gazetteers

August 1 to August 19
Research Workshop
Address: 
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Room 265

Local Gazetteers (difangzhi 地方志) have been important sources for studying China’s local history, since they were the major recordkeeping places for local history and knowledge including landscape, flora and fauna, local products, temples and schools, officials and celebrities, local culture and customs, and much more. More importantly, the large quantity of extant local gazetteers and the consistency of topics that each of them covers make the gazetteers perfect sources to compile a global database of local records for historical China. The Local Gazetteers Project at MPIWG provides a set of digital tools that help historians to transform textual sources into a scholarly enhanced database as a means to support new forms of digital historical analysis especially for large scaled analysis and comparison.

 

This workshop invites nine scholars who work on the histories of science, technology, medicine, environment and deal with issues of local materiality to explore these rich research materials in their digital forms. The scholars will bring their individual research projects and will use the digital tools provided at MPIWG to collect and analyze data across the local gazetteers. The tools include a data extraction interface to quickly collect data from textual sources, a GIS mapping service to visualize data on historical maps, and a scholarly enhanced data repository to share and integrate individually collected data. Together the scholars and researchers at MPIWG will jointly develop innovative digital research methodologies through the use of digital sources and tools.

Participants

Aurelia Campbell, Boston College, Department of Fine Arts

Desmond Cheung, Portland State University, Department of History

Fei Huang, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Institute for Sinology and Korean Studies

Gregory Adam Scott, The University of Edinburgh, Asian Studies

He Bian, Princeton University, History and East Asian Studies

Hongsu Wang, Harvard University, the Insititute for Quantitative Social Science

Ian M. Miller, St. John's University, Department of History

Kathlene Baldanza, Pennsylvania State University, History and Asian Studies

Wu Huiyi, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge

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Open sessions

On August 1st, the organisers Dagmar Schaefer and Shih-Pei Chen will introduce the digital tools built at Department III for the Chinese Local Gazetteers. The nine invited scholars will also present the research projects that they will work on during the workshop. On August 19th they will present results of using the provided digital tools in pursue of their research.

Monday, August 1

Opening Presentations

(Open to the public, please register here.)

10:00-11:30 Welcome and Introduction
                   Welcome By Dagmar Schäfer
                   A Glimpse to the Tools By Shih-Pei Chen

11:30-12:30 Sericulture, Silk and Expert Languages: Large Corpora and Changes Over Time - By Li Fuqiang & Dagmar Schäfer

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-13:45 History of Wood Rights and Forestry in South China in the Ming and Qing Periods - By Ian M. Miller

13:45-14:00 Tracing the Sources of Nan Wood for Imperial Construction in the Yongle Reign - By Aurelia Campbell

14:00-14:15 Miasmic Disease in Late Imperial China - By Kathlene Baldanza

14:15-14:30 Expelling Locusts: Statecraft and Environmental Governance in Late Imperial China - By Desmong Cheung

14:30-14:45 From Travelogues and Local Gazetteers: Chinese Literati Knowledge on the Natural History of Manchuria and Mongolia in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries - By Huiyi Wu

14:45-15:00 Contesting Landscape in Periphery: Society and Environment of Pre-Modern Southwest China - By Fei Huang

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-15:45 Database of Chinese Buddhist Reconstruction, 1866-1966 - By Gregory Adam Scott

15:45-16:00 Buddhist Data Index in Local Gazetteers - By Hongsu Wang

16:00-16:15 Materia Medica as Local Product in Ming-Qing Gazetteers - By He Bian

16:15-17:00 Wrap-up and Q&A - By Shih-Pei Chen

 

Friday, August 19

Final Presentations

(Open to the public, please register here.)

10:00-10:15 Opening

10:15-10:45 Tracing the Sources of Nan Wood for Imperial Construction in the Yongle Reign - By Aurelia Campbell

10:45-11:15 History of Wood Rights and Forestry in South China in the Ming and Qing periods - By Ian M. Miller

11:15-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:00 Miasmic Disease in Late Imperial China - By Kathlene Baldanza

12:00-12:30 Expelling Locusts: Statecraft and Environmental Governance in Late Imperial China - By Desmong Cheung

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Westerners and Western learning in local gazetteers: reality, legend, local identity - By Huiyi Wu

14:00-14:30 Materia Medica as Local Product in Ming-Qing Gazetteers -By He Bian

14:30-15:00 Water, Medicine and Environment in the Pre-Modern Southwest China - By Fei Huang

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-16:00 Survey of Temple Reconstruction in Modern China - By Gregory Adam Scott

16:00-16:30 The Culture Interaction of Jingzhou 靖州, 1644-1800 - By Hongsu Wang

16:30-17:00 Discussion and Wrap-Up

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MPIWG MAIN BUILDING

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science,
Boltzmannstraße 22,
14195 Berlin, Germany
Phone: (+4930) 22667-0

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Open Sessions: Registration for August 1 and 19

The workshop is open to the public on August 1 and 19. In case you want to attend the workshop on one or both of these days, please register here first.

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