Benjamin Elman, Princeton University, speaks on the cultural history of modern science in China
Posted: June 9, 2009
Benjamin Elman, Professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton University, will give a talk on September 1, 2009 entitled "Why was 'Mr. Science' called 'kexue/kagaku' in Chinese after 1900?"
The talk will focus on why the Chinese term for "science" up to 1895, namely "gezhi," was superseded by the Japanese neologism of "kagaku" for science after the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 in which the armed forces of Meiji Japan trounced those of Qing China.
For more information prior to the talk, review Professor Elman's paper, Naval Warfare and the Refraction of China's Self Strengthening Reforms