AccueilHistory of Science, History of Text (2011-2016)

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Publié le mardi 24 novembre 2015 par João Fernandes

Résumé

In 2015-2016, the seminar "History of Science, History of Text" will keep exploring textual problems related to the ERC Project SAW (“Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World”) As in previous years, the seminar will address the following issues regarding scientific sources: how textual sources bear witness to the social groups that produced them; how textual sources testify to knowledge; history of compilations; how actors structure their texts and knowledge into parts; how textual sources reflect the material environment in which they were produced In line with the beginning of phase 3 of the project SAW, devoted to facets of the history of the historiography of ancient mathematics, the seminar will pay special attention to the sources attesting to work in the history of mathematics.

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Description

In 2015-2016, the seminar ’History of Science, History of Text’ will keep exploring textual problems related to the ERC Project SAW — “Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World”.
As in previous years, the seminar will address the following issues regarding scientific sources:

  • How textual sources bear witness to the social groups that produced them
  • How textual sources testify to knowledge
  • History of compilations
  • How actors structure their texts and knowledge into parts
  • How textual sources reflect the material environment in which they were produced

In line with the beginning of phase 3 of the project SAW, devoted to facets of the history of the historiography of ancient mathematics, the seminar will pay special attention to the sources attesting to work in the history of mathematics.
Eventualy, a conference devoted to “Mistakes and the study of manuscripts” will be co-organized with the Hamburg Center on Manuscript Cultures on April 21-22, 2016.
The seminar will take place at the Paris Diderot University, Building Condorcet, 10 rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet 75013 Paris, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Maps and directions can be found here.

Programme     

full year pdf version with abstracts 

November 25, 2015

room 646 A – Workshop on Zhangjiashan tomb 247

From an observer’s viewpoint, the contents of a tomb like Zhangjiashan M247 can be disorientingly eclectic. And albeit arranged as a coherent whole by early Chinese actors, we historians tend to divvy such contents amongst us: the casket and pottery to the archaeologists, and the manuscripts to paleographers; regulations and ordinances to legal scholars, and recipe slips to historians of medicine. The aim of this workshop is to run counter to this practice and to explore what might be gained from approaching the tomb in its ensemble.

We already rely on one another’s puzzle pieces to situate our own, though we may not always understand the picture emerging in the other’s corner. We date the tomb to 186 BCE because of the “calendar,” but what do we really know about tomb and non-tomb calendrical tables? We identify the disintegrated occupant as a literate low-level administrator, but how expert are we in the funerary items and administrative texts upon which this assumption lies? One of the goals of this workshop is to debrief one another on the status of our own puzzle piece as it constitutes an element of context common to all (both within the tomb and the broader society and intellectual culture of the period). Equally valuable is sharing what our approaches to disparate tomb objects have taught each of us about their biography. We all want to know about how and why the manuscripts were produced, about the identity of the tomb occupant, and about what we can do with the archeological cross section of the manuscript horde (the last page of the Zhangjiashan M247 report), but the archaeologist is not always up to speed about the historian of mathematics’ analysis of scribal hands, nor the historian of mathematics about the legal historian’s work on physical and textual order, etc. The second goal of this workshop is therefore to debrief one another on how our materials may speak to common interests in manuscript studies.

To understand a single facet of a given tomb, we must strive to understand all of them, which is why we have decided to gather experts on fields as diverse as the contents of M247 itself to discuss the tomb, its manuscript corpus, and points of common interest concerning the production and transmission of text in early China. Papers will of course be focused on, rather than limited to, the M247, as the tomb and its contents are themselves pieces in a larger puzzle. We have chosen Zhangjiashan M247 because it provides an ideal point of convergence between our respective specialties, and because our experience with the tomb’s archaeological context and scribal hands has convinced us as organizers of the potential richness of focused exchange thereupon.

  • Alain ThoteLes manuscrits de la région de Jingzhou au IIe s. avant notre ère : contexte archéologique
  • Enno GieleTombs and Money
  • Daniel MorganWhat can you do with a Calendar? Extracting Facts, Stories, and Information otherwise pertinent to your own Field from a Table of Dates
  • Ulrich LauThe legal manuscripts from Zhangjiashan tomb 247 revisited
  • Thies StaackLegal Manuscripts from Tombs: Some Reflections on their Possible Compilation, Use and Function 

Organised jointly by the ERC project SAW (Research Group SPHERE) and the Centre de recherche sur les civilisations de l’Asie orientale (CRCAO)

Venue: Paris Diderot University, Condorcet Building, Room 646 A

4 rue Elsa Morante 75013 Paris or 10 rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet 75013 Paris. Access map

Organisers

        • Daniel Morgan (CNRS-SAW-SPHERE),
        • Karine Chemla (CNRS-SAW-SPHERE),
        • Alain Thote (EPHE-CRCAO),
        • Olivier Venture (EPHE-CRCAO).

December 10, 2015

room 646A – Theoretical and Linguistic approaches to scientific texts of the past

  • Julie Lefebvre«Parts of text» and «parts in text»: towards a differentiation
  • Maarten BullynckSublanguages, their use in the history of science, an exploration
  • Martha Cecilia BustamanteSome comments regarding Paul Ricoeur’s view on trace 

January 7, 2016

room 646A– Working on ancient mathematical sources: Textual environment and historiographic operations

  • CHEN ZhihuiOn the Rediscovery of the Jade Mirror of the Four Origins, and its Interpretations by Luo Shilin and Shen Qinpei
  • Pierre ChaigneauThe use of algebraic formulas in the commentaries on mathematical cuneiform texts: the case of the tablet BM 85196
  • Matthieu HussonEditing a Zij at the turn of the 20th century : the case of Carlo Alfonso Nallino (1872-1938) 

February 11, 2016

Room 646 A 

  • Discussing how language shapes thought 

March 10, 2016

Room 646 A

  •  Parts of texts and writing by compilation 

April 14, 2016

Room 646 A

  • Genres of writing in the history of ancient science 

May 12, 2016

Room 646 A

  • Printing scholarship 

June 9, 2016

Room 646 A

  • Perspectives on the constitution of collections containing scientific documents of the past

Organised jointly by the ERC project SAW (Research Group SPHERE) and the Centre de recherche sur les civilisations de l’Asie orientale (CRCAO) 

Venue: Paris Diderot University, Condorcet Building, Room 646 A
4 rue Elsa Morante 75013 Paris or 10 rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duquet 75013 Paris. Access map

Organisers

Karine Chemla (CNRS, REHSEIS–SPHERE), with Agathe Keller, Christine Proust ant the group HSHT of the ERC Project "Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World" (SAW)

Lieux

  • Bâtiment Condorcet, salle 646A, 6e étage - Université Paris Diderot, 4, rue Elsa Morante
    Paris, France (75013)

Dates

  • mercredi 25 novembre 2015
  • jeudi 10 décembre 2015
  • lundi 07 décembre 2015
  • jeudi 11 février 2016
  • jeudi 10 mars 2016
  • jeudi 14 avril 2016
  • jeudi 12 mai 2016
  • jeudi 09 juin 2016

Mots-clés

  • Zhangjiashan, History of Sciences, Ancient Mathematical Sciences, ERC Project SAW, CRCAO

Contacts

  • nad fachard
    courriel : nad [dot] fachard [at] univ-paris-diderot [dot] fr

Source de l'information

  • nad fachard
    courriel : nad [dot] fachard [at] univ-paris-diderot [dot] fr

Pour citer cette annonce

« History of Science, History of Text (2011-2016) », Journée d'étude, Calenda, Publié le mardi 24 novembre 2015, http://calenda.org/347778