Resilience and Fragility: Societies and Weather in China and Europe, 1750-1850

抵抗力和脆弱性:社会和天气的比较研究,1750年到1850年

—Preliminary Program for Workshop July 1, 2017—

Organized by Yang Yuda, Fudan University, Elisabeth Kaske, Leipzig University and Nanny Kim, Heidelberg University.

Leipzig University, Schillerstr. 6, Meeting Room M 203 ["Oval Office"].

July 1, 2017, 9:30-17:30.

9:30-13:00 Morning Session: Introduction of Projects and Interests

The morning session serves the introduction of the participants’s projects and interests. Each presentation should not exceed 15 minutes. Times are approximate and leave some room for flexible adjustments.

Michael Kahle (Freiburg University, Tambora Project): “Introduction to the Tambora Project”,

Tansen Sen (Baruch College): “Introduction to the Indian Ocean World Project”,

Yang Yuda (Fudan University): “Climate and Society in the Daoguang Depression (1820-1850)”,

Pan Wei (Shaanxi Normal University): “Climate and Society in the Daoguang Depression (1820-1850)”,

Franz Mauelshagen (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam): “Comparative Perspectives on Climate History: China and Europe, 1750-1850”.

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

Andrea Janku (SOAS, London): “Cultural manifestations of crises”,

Elisabeth Kaske (Leipzig University): “Fiscal policy and disaster resilience”,

Matthias Middell (Global and European Studies Institute, Leipzig University): “Understanding the Global Condition”,

Alejandra Irigoin (LSE): “Global silver flows”,

Nanny Kim (Heidelberg University): “Parametrization and spatial analysis of data”.

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

LeBuffet, 3rd floor of Karstadt department store.

14:30-17:30 Afternoon Session: Discussion

Introduction to proposed research project: Yang Yuda, Nanny Kim, Elisabeth Kaske

Open discussion:

We know that climate and climate change exist and we know that this influences human societies. We also know that people in the past knew about the dangers of adverse weather and failing harvests and prepared against consequences, while societies intentionally and unintentionally developed structures that buffered crises.

Our difficulty lies in measuring and differentiating causes, effects, and responses and in comparing local responses across differences in conditions, data, records, and representations.

The purpose of this meeting is knocking heads together to profit from experiences and approaches of both ends of the Eurasian continent, to discuss what is indispensable, which degree of specificity and generalization we need, how parametricalization may be achieved, etc.

Each participant should briefly outline what what he/she thinks is important or problematic, what he/she would suggest about approaches, areas, measuring and assessing events and responses, comparative possibilities and limitations, etc.

We will then discuss how to proceed and lay the foundation for future collaboration and exchange.

Sponsored by

Konfuzius-Institut Leipzig e.V.

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