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Reordering the Natural World: Animals, Plants, and the Natural Environment in Early Modern China

Saturday 7 December 2019 - Sunday 8 December 2019
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden

7 December (Saturday)  (Huizinga 6, Leiden University)

9:30-9:45 Coffee

Panel I: Nature and Its Image


Li-chiang Lin (National Taiwan Normal University), Chinese landscape in Prints: Famous Sites Represented and Reinvented in the Late Ming Period

Ching-Ling Wang (Rijksmuseum): On a Newly Discovered Sea Fish Album (Haiyu tu, 1736) and the Formation of Knowledge in the 18th Century China

Karwin Cheung (Volkenkunde): Through the eye of a needle: the reception of camels in East Asia as seen in an early 19th century handscrol

11:45-13:00        Lunch

Panel II: Nature through a Cultural Lens


Monica Klasing Chen (Leiden University), Deconstructed Animals and Zoomorphic Constructs: Animals in Pedagogical Texts for Painting and Calligraphy

Victor Guanmian Xu (Leiden University), The Order of Sea Cucumber: A Global Intellectual History, 1600-1840

Fan Lin (Leiden University): The Cultivation of Cotton and Its Illustrations in Qing China

14:45-15:15 Coffee Break

Panel III: Nature in the Global World


Anne Gerritsen (Leiden University and Warwick University), Reordering Chinese medicines in early modern Europe: the case of rhubarb root 

Kuo-tung Chen (Academia Sinica), Movements of Exotic Animals in the Pre-Modern Age (13th -19th Centuries)

Jan van Campen (Rijksmusuem), Images of Animals and Plants in the Royer (1737-1807) Collection


8 December (Sunday) (Pavilion, Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden)




Panel IV: Ordering Knowledge


Thijs Weststeijn (Utrecht University), The Chinese Challenge to Dutch Ideas about the Age and Shape of the Earth in the Seventeenth Century

Ping-yi Chu (Academia Sinica), On Myriad Things: Western Learning and Reclassification of Material World

Hui-min Lai / Te-cheng Su, Transforming Nature: The Spread of Technology through the Lenses of Peking Genre Paintings




Panel V: Nature and Materia Medica


Chang Che-chia (Academia Sinica): Reframing Materia Medica: Hiraga Gennai’s Medicinal Activities and Writings

Yu-chih Lai (Academia Sinica), The Encountering of the Chinese Bird-and-Flower Paintings, Materia Medica Drawings, and the Western-style Botanical Illustrations in the 18th Century China

Shang-jen Li (Academia Sinica), Visualizing Exotic Diseases: Natural History and British Medical Research in Nineteenth Century China


Coffee Break

15:30-16:30   Roundtable Discussion


Note: Please write to Victor Xu (g.xu@hum.leidenuniv.nl) before 2 December to register for the workshop. In your email, please kindly indicate the date/lunch that you would like attend.

This workshop is sponsored by NWO (The Netherlands) and MOST (Taiwan)

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