Visions of ‘Humanity’ and ‘Letters’:

Chinese Culture and the Two Tides of Western Learning,

from the Late Ming to Early Modern Times


Rome September 2th-3rd, 2019


    • Conference dates: September 2nd-3rd, 2019
    • Conference venue: Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Odeion Lecture room, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185, Rome
    • Organizing Institutes: Department of Oriental Studies of Sapienza University of Rome; the “Center for Digital Humanities, College of Liberal Arts” and the International Excellence Program on “The Tradition of East Asia Culture and its Modern Transformation” of the Institute of Literature of National Cheng Chi University, Taiwan; the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy of Academia Sinica, Taiwan; the Xue-heng Institute for Advanced Studies, Nanjing University, and the Research Center of Asian and Western Science and Technology of Kansai University
    • Conference languages: English and Chinese

Conference program / 会议日程

September 2nd, 2019

Humanity 「人」

09.15-09.30: Greetings from the Rector of Sapienza University of Rome, prof. Eugenio Gaudio / 开幕致辞

09.30-10.45: Keynote speech / 专题演讲: Prof. Benjamin Elman: “Traduttore, traditore: The Jesuits and the Translation/Construction of Early Modern Science in China via European Humanism, 1600-1800”

10.45-11.00: Q&A / 提问与讨论

11.00-11.20: coffee break 茶歇

PANEL 1 [人]: Visions of humanity: the 17th century

11.20-11.40: Meynard Thierry, “Christian ‘Anthropology’: Giulius Aleni’s Xingxue chushu

11.40-12.00: Song Liming 宋黎明, “利玛窦其 ‘人’及其 ‘文’ 一一兼议中西文化交流中的误导与误解”

12.00-12.20: Falato Giulia: “Parents, children, mutual duties and relations: a European way of governing the family by Alfonso Vagnone S.J (1568-1640)”

12.20-12.40: Antonucci Davor: “Envisioning the Other: Foreign Populations in Some Jesuits’ Geographical Accounts”

12.40-13.10: Q&A / 总结与提问

13.10-14.20 Lunch / 午餐会

PANEL 2 [人]: Visions of humanity: the 19th century

14.20-14.40: Casalin Federica, “Blending Western and Confucian Views on Human Nature: Mencius’ Thought in the Periodical Dongxiyang kao meiyue tongjizhuan (1833-1839)”

14.40-15.00: Gatta Timon, “Early Translations of Western Philosophy in China: Some Reflections on Human Nature, Gnoseology, Ethics”

15.00-15.20: Shen Guowei 沈国威, “Evolution 如何译为 ‘天演’?”

15.20-15.40: Q&A / 总结与提问

PANEL 3 [人]: The human body and the national body at the turn of the 19th century

15.40-16.00: Chen Jianhua 陳建華, “The Discourse on ‘Female Beauty’ and Sino-Western Cultural Interaction during Late Qing and Early Republican Times: a Focus on Shanghai Mass media”

16.00-16.20: Liu, Yuan-ju 劉苑如, “Health-preservation: Ancient Texts Collected by Ye Dehui and His Discourse on Eastern and Western Medicine”

16.20-16.40: Q&A / 总结与提问

16.40-17.00: coffee break / 茶歇

PANEL 4 [人]: The human being as a social being in the Late Qing

17.00-17.20: Li Gongzhong 李恭忠, “Society与‘社会’ 的相遇:以1860’s的两份文本为中心”

17.20-17.40: Zhang Qing 章 清, “ ‘人’与 ‘社会’:晚清新概念所映射的生活世界的改变”

17:40-18.00: Li Lifeng 李里峰, “暧昧的主体:近代中国的 ‘群众’ 论述”

18.00-18.20: Lü Xiaobo 闾小波:“从‘民主’ 到 ‘民本’ 的观念之履:西学→东学→中学”

18.20-18.50: Q&A / 总结与提问

September 3rd, 2019

Letters 「文」

PANEL 5: Western and Chinese Practises of wen: Early Encounters

09.00-09.20: Li, Sher-shiueh 李奭學, “European Jesuits and Western Rhetoric in Ming-Qing China”

09.20-09.40: De Troia Paolo, “The Vision of Letters in some Jesuit texts in 16th century China: Jesuit translations and transcultural exchanges”

09.40-10.00: Chen, Hui-Hung 陳慧宏, “Three Portuguese Jesuits and the Chinese Madonna: A Cultural Encounter among China, Macao and Japan”

10.00-10.20: Pan, Feng-Chuan 潘鳳娟, “Qi shi hao huan 其事好還: The ‘Eye-for-an-Eye’ Dispute between S. Julien and G. Pauthier”

10.20-10.50: Q&A /总结与提问

11.00-11.20: coffee break /茶歇

PANEL 6: Wen: perspectives from Digital Humanities and early mass-media

11.20-11.40: Cheng, Wen-Huei 鄭文惠, “History of ideas/History of concepts and archaeology of knowledge in big data: constructing and reshaping the concept of wen in early modern China”

11.40-12.00: Chiu, Wei-Yun 邱伟云, “观念史∕概念史与巨观考古学:中国近代「文」观的建构与再现”

12.00-12.20: Yue, Ching-Syang 余清祥, “New technologies, big data and new research perspectives in the humanities”

12.20-12.40: Vinci Renata, “The Making of the Modern Chinese Reader: Foreign Fiction in the Shanghai Newspaper Shenbao

12.40-13.10: Q&A / 总结与提问

13.10-14.20 Lunch / 午餐会

PANEL 7: East and West: Models for Culture and Literature

14.20-14.40: Yu Jingdong 于京东, “17-18世纪法国社会中的‘中国’图像——基于地图与版画的历史考察”

14.40-15.00: Brezzi Alessandra, “Western literary classics in Sheng Cheng’s travel notes”

15.00-15.20: Chan, Leonard K. K. 陳國球, “Codifying Poland: Mara poet and the spirit of emotional expressivity”

15.20-15.40: Q&A / 总结与提问

PANEL 8: Writing for the Nation

15.40-16.00: Liu Chao 刘超,“盛世危言——晚清知识分子笔下的法国叙事”

16.00-16.20: Masini Federico, “The discovery of some Italian historical heroes by Liang Qichao at the eve the One Hundred Years Reform of 1898”

16.20-16.40: Yang, Jui-Sung 楊瑞松, “Vaterland (zuguo 祖國) in Meiji Japan and late-Qing China”

16.40-17.00: Q&A / 总结与提问

17.00-17.20: coffee break 茶歇

17.20-17.40 Synthesis and comments / 综述会议主题及各主题之间的联系

17.40-18.40 Roundtable / 圆桌讨论

18.40-18.50 Farewell / 闭幕辞和

19.30-21.30 Farewell dinner 闭会晚餐


Project Director

Federica Casalin (費琳), Sapienza University of Rome


Cheng Wen-Huei 鄭文惠, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Li, Sher-shiueh 李奭學 , Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Shen Guowei 沈國威 , Kansai University, Osaka

Sun Jiang 孙江 , Nanjing University, Nanjing


Sapienza University of Rome Department of Oriental Studies

Circonvallazione Tiburtina 4, 00185 Roma ITALY


Sapienza University of Rome

Academia Sinica

National Cheng Chi University

Nanjing University

Kansai University


Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange