Metallurgy and Chinese Civilisation: An Historical Overview

Dans le cadre du séminaire Sciences et savoirs de l’Asie orientale dans la mondialisation, animé par Catherine Jami et Frédéric Obringer (CECMC/CCJ), Monsieur MEI Jianjun, directeur du Needham Research Institute (Cambridge), archéologue et historien des techniques, donnera une conférence intitulée : « Metallurgy and Chinese Civilisation: An Historical Overview ».

Mei Jianjun 梅建军 (Needham Research Institute, Cambridge)

Mei Jianjun 梅建军 (Needham Research Institute, Cambridge)

Date

  • Mardi 23 mai 2017, à 15h

Lieu

  • EHESS – Salle Salle AS1_08 (1er sous-sol)
    54 bd Raspail – 75006 Paris

Résumé

The significant contributions of the Chinese people to the development of world civilisation have been well documented in Joseph Needham’s monumental Science and Civilisation in China series. Over the past two decades, new archaeological discoveries and research have revealed an increasing body of evidence showing that Chinese civilisation did not develop in isolation, but was the result of complex historical processes involving longstanding and extensive cultural and technological interactions with other civilisations. Taking bronze casting, cast iron and paktong (white copper) as typical examples, this lecture offers a historical overview of the role of metallurgical technologies in shaping the growth of ancient Chinese civilisation. It argues from a technological perspective that the interaction between China and the outside world has always been a crucial factor in stimulating the vigorous development of Chinese civilization since its very beginnings. The importance of technological ‘institutionalization’ in a given social context will also be emphasized.


Monique Abud

Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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