Knowledge translation on a global scale (Asia-Europe-the Americas, 16th-20th centuries)

Workshop international organisé par Ana Carolina Hosne (IEA de Paris / Université Nationale de San Martín) et Antonella Romano (Centre Alexandre Koyré, EHESS), à l’Institut d’études avancées (IEA).

Trois communications concerneront plus particulièrement la Chine :

  • Monica Klasing Chen (University of Leiden) : Chinese painting mnemonics: Translating practical knowledge
  • Michael Nylan (Paris IAS / UC Berkeley) : One China or small textual communities: the evidence from excavated and received texts
  • Xavier Ortells-Nicolau (Universiy of Barcelona) : Reception and Mediation of Foreign Works on China in Spain, 1850-1950


affiche-knowledge-translation-page-001The aim of this workshop is to contribute to the discussion about the complex and multi-faceted interactions engendered in the translation of knowledge between cultures across space and time, as well as the aspects inevitably involved in the process of both its transmission and reception. The contributions address the translation of concepts, also examining the lexical changes initiated by the influx of new or foreign knowledge, and that of practices, i.e. concrete examples to be found in the process of translating knowledge, which in turn entails its interpretation and adaptation.

This workshop seeks to analyze the different dimensions and aspects of knowledge translation: linguistic/epistemic, as a historical process, as mutations and transformations of words, actions and practices, also exploring the motives of agents involved in knowledge translation processes, among others. Moreover, knowledge translation involves circulation processes, which lead us to pose the following questions: Why, how and where does knowledge circulate? In turn, this implies the compelling task of looking into different scales, global and local. In terms of materialization of knowledge translation, when does it take place? Is it preceded by different itineraries of knowledge circulation, collection and elaboration? Conceiving translation as transformation involves tracing the origins of new forms of knowledge and construction of meaning from a cross-cultural perspective. Last but not least, appropriation is also part of all these processes, when translation could involve appropriation by the receiver, but not necessarily.


  • 12-13 janvier 2017


  • Hôtel de Lauzun
    17 quai d’Anjou – 75004 Paris
    + 33 (0)1 56 81 00 52

Programme complet (format PDF)

Monique Abud

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

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

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