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Patricia Angela Sieber
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)
The Formation of Academic Sinology: A Material History, 1800-1860

This study focuses on the formation of academic sinology between 1800-1860 in Western Europe. French, German, and British scholars active between 1800 and 1860 were responsible for carrying forward the legacy of the early Jesuit construction of China (1580-1800), while also laying the groundwork for modern sinological inquiry in China and the West (1900-present). Due to China’s status as a literate and rational culture in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Western thinking, the academic study of China during this period also played a formative role in the emergence of other disciplines such as philology, comparative literature, and comparative linguistics.

Project fields:
Comparative Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2004 – 8/31/2004