The Department III Colloquia are regular meetings for the department members to discuss our work in progress, to comment, and to help each other in our writing process. The format is a discussion of a pre-circulated paper, led by an introductory comment by an external discussant. 

Fall Colloquium

2021

Balancing the Soil: Soil Knowledge and Soil Improvement in Late Ming Farming Manuals

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A Migratory Island: Troubled Waters, Flowing Grounds, and the Layers of Disaster

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Yi-Xing’s Large-Scale Gnomonic Survey and Mapping of Terrestrial Realm

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Congling, an Overlooked "Cosmic Mount" in East Asian Cartography

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Roundtable: Practicing, Thinking, and Imagining in Early Modern Chinese Medicine

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Indigenous Epistemology and “European” Science: The Entangled Histories and Afterlives of Two 16th-Century Mexican Zoological Projects

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Reaping the Benefits of Water in the Early Ming: A Political Epistemology

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Spring Colloquium

2022

Ritual Healing through Sealing (7th -12th-century China): Materiality and the Healer’s Body in the Earliest Examples of Medical “Palm Formulas” (zhangjue 掌訣)

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The "Ecological" Origins and Consequences of the Rodent Bait Station

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Ignorance and Its Resources: China and Beyond

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Depicting Time: The Visualisation of the Planetary Deities and the Seven-Day Astrological Week in the Graeco-Roman World

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Religious Contexts of Discourses on Nature: The Comet of 1577 in Early-Modern Germany

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Revulsion as Prevention: Emotional Science and the Mobilisation of Sensibility in Late 19th-century Russian Public Medicine

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