Dr. Qiong Zhang

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"

Home Institution: Department of History, Wake Forest University Winston-Salem (NC)

IKGF Visiting Fellow October 2019 – January 2020

IKGF Research Project:

Meteorology for a Troubled Age: The 'Weathermen' of Jiangnan and the Global Co-Emergence of an Early Modern Culture of Science-Making

Curriculum Vitae

Qiong Zhang is Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University, in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She received her BA and MA in Philosophy from Wuhan University, China, and her PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University. At Wake Forest, she teaches various courses on Chinese history, pre-modern world history, and global encounters in the Age of Discovery.
Her research fields include early modern Chinese intellectual and cultural history and the history of China's encounters with Western Europe since the sixteenth century. Her book on the reception of the notion of the globe in seventeenth century China, Making the New World Their Own: Chinese Encounters with Jesuit Science in the Age of Discovery, was published by Brill in June 2015. She is currently working on several projects that explore the continuities and ruptures with reference to the early and late modern developments in China, and what may be called global early modernity, as manifested within the discourses of natural history, ethnography, world geography, and meteorology.

Selected Publications


2015Making the New World Their Own: Chinese Encounters with Jesuit Science in the Age of Discovery. Leiden: Brill.
1990(with Liu Wenjun and Yu Qiming) Kexue lilun moxing de jiangou (The Construction of a Scientific Theoretical Model). Zhejiang: Zhejiang Science and Technology Press.


"Parallels, Engagement, and Integration: The Ricci Maps and Their Afterlives in Ming-Qing China as a Case Study of an Intertwined Global Early Modernity", in: Laura Hostetler et al. (eds.): Reimagining the Globe and Cultural Exchange: From the World Maps of Ricci and Verbiest to Google Earth (forthcoming).
2017"The Jesuit Heresiological Discourse as Enlightenment Project in Early Modern China", in: Journal of World History 28/1, pp. 31-60.
2010"Matteo Ricci's World Maps in Late Ming Discourse of Exotica", in: Horizons: Seoul Journal of Humanities 1/2, pp. 215-250.
2009"From 'Dragonology' to Meteorology: Aristotelian Natural Philosophy and the Beginning of the Decline of the Dragon in China", in: Early Science and Medicine 14, pp. 340-368.
2008"Hybridizing Scholastic Psychology with Chinese Medicine: A Seventeenth-Century Chinese Catholic's Conceptions of Xin (Mind and Heart)", in: Early Science and Medicine 13, pp. 313-360.
1999"About God, Demons, and Miracles: The Jesuit Discourse on the Supernatural in Late Ming China", in: Early Science and Medicine 4, pp. 1-36.
1999"Demystifying Qi: The Politics of Cultural Translation and Interpretation in the Early Jesuit Mission to China", in: Lydia Liu (ed.): Tokens of Exchange: The Problem of Translation in Global Circulation, Durham: Duke University Press, pp. 74-106.
1999"Translation as Cultural Reform: Jesuit Scholastic Psychology in the Transformation of the Confucian Discourse on Human Nature", in: G. A. Bailey et al. (eds.): The Jesuits: Culture, Learning and the Arts, 1540-1773, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 364-379.