International Conference


"Fate and Prediction in Chinese and European Traditions.
Key Concepts and Organization of Knowledge"

Logo Annual Conference 2010 June 28th–30th, 2011

Fate and prediction present a pervasive anthropological phenomenon found in all cultures and civilizations but with differing characteristics and manifestations. There is no civilization in which fate and prediction – two intrinsically connected concepts – have had such prominent status as in China. How are they conceptualized and termed in Chinese civilization? What place do these concepts hold in the organization of knowledge? On the other hand, in which conceptual frameworks are fate and prediction understood and defined in Europe, and how is knowledge of such organized and classified? These are the main questions to be addressed. The conference will therefore first focus on the terminological and semantic foundations of fate and prediction in the Chinese and European contexts, and present various key concepts intertwined with these terms. The second part will concentrate on different ideas of organization of knowledge in China and Europe. Within the Chinese context, bibliographies and early encyclopedias offer an excellent insight into how prediction and mantic practices are arranged and categorized. As for the European organization of knowledge, the artes liberales and encyclopedias provide valuable information on medieval topoi of knowledge.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011
2:00 p.m. Welcome Address
2:30 p.m. Schicksal und Vorhersage in wissenschaftsgeschichtlicher Perspektive
Uta Lindgren (Universität Bayreuth)
3:00 p.m. Prediction and Predictability in Early Chinese Divination Terminologies
Wolfgang Behr (Universitaät Zuürich)
3:30 p.m. Discussion
4:00 p.m. Coffee Break
4:30 p.m. Robert Fludds ‚Utriusque Cosmi Historia‘. Der Ort mantischer Vorstellungen / Praktiken in einer fruühneuzeitlichen Enzyklopädie
Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann (FU Berlin)
5:00 p.m. Key Concepts of Fate and Prediction in the Yijing
Richard Smith (Rice University)
5:30 p.m. Discussion
6:00 p.m. End
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
9:00 a.m. Die Stoa über Schicksal und Freiheit
Maximilian Forschner (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
9:30 a.m. Schicksal als Aufgabe: Zur Auffassung von Ming in der klassischen chinesischen Philosophie
Guido Rappe (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie)
10:00 a.m. Discussion
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. Fate and Prognostication in the Weishu 緯書 Literature
Bent Nielsen (University of Copenhagen)
11:15 a.m. Su Shi 蘇軾 (1037-1101) and Divination through the Zhouyi: A Case Study at the End of the Northern Song Dynasty
Stéphane Feuillas (Université Paris Diderot)
11:45 a.m. Discussion
12:15 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. Fate and Time in the Koran
Georges Tamer (Ohio State University)
2:30 p.m. Schicksal und Vorhersage in Texten muslimischer Mystiker und Literaten
Ralf Elger (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
3:00 p.m. Discussion
3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
3:45 p.m. Fate and Prognostication in Late Imperial Chinese Buddhism: The Case of Ouyi Zhixu (1599-1655)
Beverley Foulks (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
4:15 p.m. Auspice Determination in Eight-House Fengshui
Stephen Field (Trinity University)
4:45 p.m. Discussion
5:15 p.m. Coffee Break
5:30 p.m. Naturwissenschaften und Wissenskonzeptionen am päpstlichen Hof des XIII. Jahrhunderts
Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (Universiteé de Lausanne)
6:00 p.m. Discussion
6:30 p.m. End
Thursday, June 30, 2011
9:00 a.m. A Parting of the Ways: Astrology versus Astromancy in Early China
David Pankenier (Lehigh University)
9:30 a.m. The Place of Divinatory Sciences in Arabic and Latin Divisions of Knowledge
Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute; IKGF Visiting Fellow)
10:00 a.m. Discussion
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
10:45 a.m. The Mantic and the Metaphysical: The Ethnopoetics of Zhu Xi's World Picture
Lionel Jensen (University of Notre Dame; IKGF Visiting Fellow)
11:15 a.m. Always wrong: Explaining failed Apocalyptic Prophecies. Again and Again
Richard Landes (Boston University; IKGF Visiting Fellow)
11:45 a.m. Discussion
12:15 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. Fortuna at the Crossroad: When Christianity met Chinese Mantic Practices
Chu Pingyi (Academia Sinica; IKGF Visiting Fellow)
2:30 p.m. Astral Determinism in the Middle Ages
David Juste (University of Sydney; IKGF Visiting Fellow)
3:00 p.m. Discussion
3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
3:45 p.m. Ways of Organizing Knowledge in Early China
Martin Kern (Princeton University; IKGF Visiting Fellow)
4:15 p.m. The Representation of Mantic Arts in Seventh-Century Encyclopedias
Paul Kroll (University of Colorado Boulder)
4:45 p.m. Discussion
5:15 p.m. Coffee Break
5:30 p.m. Final Discussion
6:00 p.m. Discussion
6:30 p.m. End


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Abstracts of the Conference Contributionsas well as the conference contribution "Key Concepts of Fate and Prediction in the Yiying (Classic of Changes)" by Richard J. Smith can be downloaded at Research > Event Documentation.