with the following speakers
michael j. puett
Uppsala, Museum Gustavianum, Auditorium Minus
Saturday, November 29, 11.00–15.00. Free admission
Please see the following pages for more information
Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (Scas) and Uppsala University cordially invite
you to the symposium
Chinese History: Traditions and Modernisations
11.00 Professor barbro klein, Scas (moderator)
11.15 Professor christoph harbsmeier, Scas and University of Oslo
Globalising Conceptual History: A Chinese Perspective
In this talk, Christoph Harbsmeier will discuss Chinese conceptual history in a global
comparative perspective. Some keywords of Chinese civilisation will be held up against
corresponding but significantly different concepts of Western civilisation. In particular
Chinese concepts of nature and of laws of nature will be contrasted with Western con-
cepts within the same semantic field. He will show how the study of Chinese intellectual
history can contribute to new perspectives on the history of science and of concepts.
He will illustrate his talk from his digitalised Thesaurus Linguae Sericae (Tls) which
is designed to provide an infrastructure for the systematic study of Chinese intellectual
history in global and comparative context.
12.45 Professor michael j. puett, Scas and Harvard University
Connecting the World: Ritual Theory from Early China
In his lecture, Michael J. Puett will explore a set of ritual theories developed in early
China that would later become extraordinarily influential on visions of statecraft and the
economy in China. He will analyze theories of ritual presented in these texts, discuss why
such theories were developed, and explicate the significance of these theories – both for
later Chinese history and for comparative understandings of ritual in general.
13.45 Professor torbjörn lodén, Stockholm University
Confucianism and China’s Modernization
For almost a century Chinese radicals and the mainstream of China scholars have rejec-
ted Confucianism as an obstacle to modernization. Yet we may now witness a Confucian
renaissance in China. By addressing basic questions concerning the meaning of ‘Confu-
cianism’ and ‘modernization’ and by drawing attention to essential features of modern
Chinese history, Torbjörn Lodén will explore the logic behind this apparent paradox.
This event is organised by Scas in cooperation with Uppsala University. For more infor-
mation, please contact Dr. sara grut at scas: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the speakers
christoph harbsmeier is Professor of Chinese at the University of Oslo and Adjun-
ct Professor at Peking University, Fudan University, and Zhejiang University. He is the
father of Thesaurus Linguae Sericae (Tls), a world unique project that explores the con-
ceptual schemes of the Chinese language. Harbsmeier’s publications include: Aspects of
Classical Chinese Syntax (1981), Science and Civilisation in China, Vol 7, Language and
Logic (1998), and a monograph on the modern Chinese cartoonist Feng Zikai: The Car-
toonist Feng Zikai: Social Realism with a Buddhist Face (1984).
michael j. puett is Chairman of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civili-
zations at Harvard University. He has worked extensively on early Chinese religions. His
books include: The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice
in Early China (2001), To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in
Early China (2002) and Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity
(with Seligman, Weland and Simon, 2008).
torbjörn lodén is Professor of Chinese at Stockholm University and the Director of
The Nordic Confucius Institute (nci). In the mid 1970’s he served as Swedish Cultural
Attaché to China. Lodén’s publications deal with aspects of China’s intellectual history
and literature. His recent publications include: China’s Development and Global Role (ed.
with Fällman, 2006) and Rediscovering Confucianism: A Major Philosophy of Life in East
Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (Scas)
Founded in 1985, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (Scas) is chartered by the
Government of Sweden as the national institute for advanced study in the social sciences
and the humanities. It is located in the late eighteenth-century Linneanum in the middle
of the Botanic Garden in Uppsala.
The Collegium is a scholarly community of some thirty Fellows at any point in time.
Scholars can be nominated or apply to become Fellows-in-residence. After an extensi-
ve review process, senior and early career scholars (beyond the doctorate) are invited to
spend one academic year (or semester) at Scas. Fellows are free to focus on their own
research whether they choose to work individually or form part of a thematic group. The
Collegium tries to serve as a free meeting place and a breeding zone of new ideas across
boundaries of discipline, nation, and age.
In the academic year 2008/09, the group of invited Fellows come from a variety of uni-
versities, including the Australian National University in Canberra, Carnegie Mellon in
Pittsburgh, Charles University Prague, Harvard University, Humboldt University Berlin,
and the universities of Leiden, Moscow, Oxford, Yerevan as well as of Uppsala, Lund,
Stockholm and Umeå to name but some. Disciplines represented include Ancient His-
tory, Anthropology, Chinese History and Language, Economics, Korean Studies, Litera-
ture, Logic, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.
Scas has a special commitment to subjects, sometimes labelled “small”, that are crucial to
an understanding of the world in its cultural, historical and linguistic multiplicity. These
include languages and histories of East and Central Asia. In this field the Collegium has,
supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, initiated the Bernhard Karlgren Programme
and works closely with Professor Christoph Harbsmeier, the recipient of the 2008 Nan-
sen Prize, who initiated the work on Thesaurus Linguae Sericae (Tls).