Mapping Modern Confucian Networks: Presentation in Berlin
Philippe Major, Yim Fong Chan and Milan Matthiesen have pitched their project "Mapping Confucian Networks (1911-2021)" at the Orientalistentag 2022. The three researchers aim to create a database and website highlighting the networks of modern Confucians with their peers, other intellectuals, politicians and institutions. The conference took place on September 12-17, 2022, in Berlin.
About the panel
At their panel, Philippe Major, Yim Fong Chan and Milan Matthiesen introduced the database, which is supported by Digital Humanities research software Nodegoat, and its use both as a reference tool and as a research instrument. They addressed how the database, as a research tool, promises to answer questions that have been of central importance in the field of modern Confucian studies but that remain unanswered to this day due to a lack of centralized empirical data (e.g.: when and where did a cohesive “modern Confucian movement” emerge?). They also discussed how the database will allow us to raise new questions, notably about the modern Confucians' relations to political power, the role of women in the movement, and the general development of post-1949 intellectual circles in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Finally, the panelists reflected on the potential of Digital Humanities approaches in the field of sociology of philosophy.
About the researchers
Philippe Major is a postdoctoral researcher in the SNSF-funded project The Exterior of Philosophy at the Institute for European Global Studies. His research interests include Modern Chinese Philosophy, Modern Chinese Intellectual History, New Confucianism, Sociology of Philosophy, The Relationship between Modernity and Tradition, as well as Textual Authority.
Yim Fong Chan is an SNSF fellow in the project The Exterior of Philosophy at the Institute for European Global Studies. In her dissertation, she investigates Confucian philosophy in China between 1949 and 1976. Her general research interests lie in the area of New Confucianism and Chinese intellectual history.
Milan Matthiesen is a research fellow in the SNSF-funded project The Exterior of Philosophy at the Institute for European Global Studies. His research interests include New Confucianism in Taiwan and Hong Kong, the development of modernity in the 19th and early 20th century in Europe and Asia, the history of philosophy, conceptual history, and the sociology of philosophy, as well as contemporary political theory.