May 5, 2023
"Household Encyclopedia" Reading Group

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Zoom/Online Meeting Platform
Contact and Registration

We ask those from outside of the working group to register in advance, in order to obtain the Zoom link and the readings. Please do so by emailing Emily N. K. Tsui at nktsui@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

About This Series

Within this reading group, we will be reading the late imperial Chinese/Sinographic household encyclopedia (riyong leishu 日用類書) together. We are broadly interested in the question of how common or popular knowledge was conceived and presented for use within these texts.  In particular, we are interested in what the sources of such common knowledge were, how it relates to and can be distinguished from elite knowledge, and how these kinds of knowledge were produced, circulated and consumed. The household encyclopedia is one major source of such common(er) knowledge, but we are also interested in how these texts relate to other texts that were consumed by similar demographics.  

Each session will feature an excerpt from one such encyclopaedia and include a short exposition on a theme, followed by a close reading of the excerpt and a discussion. 

Our group will consist of working group members and several invited members from outside the institute. Colleagues, who are interested in learning more about the household encyclopedia and similar sources, are very welcome to join us. 

Language: Please note that the reading group will be conducted in English, but the primary sources will be in Chinese. An English translation will usually be provided but much of the discussion may centre on translation and philological issues related to the texts. 

Session Dates:

There will be 4 sessions between April and June, 2023: 

Session 1: Friday, April 14, 4 - 6 pm CEST
Session 2: Friday, May 5, 4 - 6pm CEST
Session 3: Friday, June 2, 4 - 6pm CEST
Session 4: Friday, June 30, 4 - 6pm CEST 

2023-05-05T16:00:00SAVE IN I-CAL 2023-05-05 16:00:00 2023-05-05 18:00:00 "Household Encyclopedia" Reading Group Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany Zoom/Online Meeting Platform Europe/Berlin public