Martin Hofmann (Heidelberg)
This lecture investigates the interplay between text and visuals in late imperial China. It argues that visual representations were more than decorative padding to texts. Scholars employed them as arguments, supplementing, emphasizing, and clarifying textual statements. In order to highlight specific issues and persuade others of their views, scholars made use of a large variety of different visual representations, from abstract diagrams to elaborate maps, from sketches of simple implements to illustrations of major historical incidents. By analyzing in what cases, and how, scholars embedded depictions into textual discourses, this lecture aims to show what visuals were able to demonstrate that words could not express.
Martin Hofmann is Assistant Professor for East Asian Intellectual History at the Cluster of Excellence at Heidelberg University. His research interests include Chinese intellectual history, Chinese cartography, and argumentative practices in late imperial China.
24.11.2016 | 18:00
Raum -1.2009, Holzlaube (Fabeckstr. 23-25)