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April 2019

Prof. David Armitage (Harvard University): „In Defense of Presentism”

24. Apr., 18:00 - 20:00

Abstract: Historians know one thing about presentism: they are against it. Yet what exactly presentism is, they cannot agree. Is it a focus on modern history or a novel way of thinking confined to the present at the expense of both past and future? Does it mean speaking only to the concerns of the present or recognising that “all history is contemporary history”? This confusion is a symptom of a deeper quandary: the very purpose of history writing itself. With…

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May 2019

Prof. Dr. JIA Fang (Beijing Normal University): “Chinese Oral Expression Training in Overseas Language Environment”

08. May., 18:00 - 20:00
Verfügungsgebäude, VG 3.106,
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 7
37073 Göttingen

Abstract: 摘要:在第二语言技能教学中,口头表达训练是学习者最需要教师帮助的项目之一,也是最能检验教师教学能力的科目,有很大的研究空间。本讲座的内容分为两个部分:第一部分:“汉语口头表达训练的基本问题与教学策略”,简要论述口语课的定位及教学目标,着重梳理教学中存在的实际问题和对应的教学策略。第二部分:“海外环境下的汉语口头表达训练”,分析海外环境下汉语口头表达训练的特点以及如何从教师、教材、教学方法等方面进行环境补偿。 In second language teaching, the training of oral competence is one of the most important skills for students that requires their teacher’s support. That is why it is as well one of the most representative subjects to proof the teacher’s teaching skills. Lots of research space remains within this topic. The lecture will be divided in two parts. The first will treat “fundamental issues and teaching strategies of oral expression training”, discussing briefly the status and teaching objectives…

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Prof. Dr. Lena Hennigsen (Freiburg University): „Reading as creative and social practice: Unofficial popular entertainment literature during the Cultural Revolution“

20. May., 16:00 - 18:00
Kulturwissenschaftliches Zentrum, KWZ 1.731,
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
37073 Göttingen

Abstract: Most literary histories of Twentieth Century China describe the output of the Cultural Revolution (CR) in a few sentences or paragraphs. Legal and officially endorsed literary texts of the decade seem flat, dull and boring to today’s readers. The CR thus appears as a period of literary shortage that would be ended with post-CR literature: misty poetry, scar literature, root seeking literature… However, a much more complicated picture of literary diversity arises once we look at actual literary practices:…

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June 2019

Prof. Sheldon Garon (Department of History, Princeton University): „On the Transnational Destruction of Cities: What Japan and the U.S. learned from the Bombing of Britain, Germany, and China“

Abtract: How did it become “normal” to bomb cities and civilians? Focusing on the aerial bombardment of China, Britain, Germany, and Japan in 1937-45, Garon spotlights the role of transnational learning in the construction of the “home front” among all the belligerents. World War II was a global experience, yet histories of the home front remain confined to individual nations. In reality, not only did the warring states study each other’s strategies to destroy the enemy’s home front and “civilian…

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Prof. Selçuk Esenbel (Department of History, Boğaziçi University Istanbul): „Japan and China on the Silk Road: A Global History of Politics and Culture in Eurasia“

18. Jun., 18:00 - 20:00
Kulturwissenschaftliches Zentrum, KWZ 0.609,
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
37073 Göttingen

Abstract: Japan on the Silk Road is a global history of politics and culture from the late 19th century until the end of the second world war connected to the Great Game between competing empires of Russia, Britain, and China in the vast area of Eurasia across the Middle East and Central Asia. Between 1868-1945 Japanese diplomats, military officers, archaeologists, and linguists traversed the land locked and maritime Silk Roads pursuing imperial interest and exploring ancient civilizations. A global team…

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