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Chun Xu

Research Fellow (Nov 2018-Aug 2023)

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Xu, Chun 徐淳 works on the history of knowledge and environmental thought in late imperial China. His research focuses on the intersections of nature, culture and empire in the Southwest frontier of late imperial China. As a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, he is working on a project that examines the political epistemology of water control in late imperial China, tracing the emergence of the Chinese term shuili 水利 as both a political concept and a branch of statecraft-oriented scholarship. He is also leader of the working group "Agriculture and the Making of Sciences."

Chun Xu holds a PhD from Heidelberg University.

Projects

Agriculture and the Making of Sciences (1100–1700)

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Reaping the Benefits of Water: The Political Epistemologies of Water in Imperial China

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Upcoming Events

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Putting Knowledge to Practice: "Reading" Agricultural Terraces in Medieval Palestine

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Past Events

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Moonrise, Moonset, and Planting Times

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Colloquium

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

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Colloquium

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

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Colloquium

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

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Colloquium

Ignorance and Its Resources: China and Beyond

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Colloquium

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

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Colloquium

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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Seminar

Water’s Benefits: Scholarly Knowledge and Statecraft Science

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Colloquium

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

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Talk

The Checkered Game of Mandarin Life: Revisiting Official Careers in the Digital Age

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Seminar

Soils, Stars, and Statecraft: Cosmological Conceptions of Agriculture in China and Europe, ca. 1600-1789

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Seminar

Botanical Knowledge of Food Plants in Middle and Late Imperial China

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Conference

Towards a Global History of Soil: Sciences, Practices, Materialities and Mobilities, 1100-1700

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European Discourses on the Effects of Indian Foods during the 15th to 18th Centuries: From the Fruits of Paradise to the Racialization of Nutrition

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Early Career Seminar

Online Public Discourse on Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in China: Context, Content, and Implications

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Panel Discussion

Famine Foods in the Early Modern Sinosphere

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News & Press

Academic publisher Brill releases new open-access series Agriculture and the Making of Sciences

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