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Chun Xu

Research Fellow (Nov 2018-Aug 2023)

Dr.

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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Past Events

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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Talk

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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Early Career Seminar

Horses in Bohai and Jurchen Societies: Based on Osteological Studies from the South Part of the Russian Far East

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Early Career Seminar

Sanitary Engineers and the Growth of Colonial Cairo: A Hydraulic Approach

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Primary Source Reading Group

Agriculture and the Making of Sciences

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Primary Source Reading Group

Agriculture and the Making of Sciences

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Colloquium

Reinventing Disaster in Yuan China

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