Missionary stations and other sites played a major role in the production and exchange of scientific knowledge in 19th-century China. This talk will center on sites of knowledge in "cultural borderlands" such as the Jesuit mission at Zikawei in Shanghai, private gardens, public marketplaces, and arts and crafts studios at other locations. The focus will be on the importance of place in cultural contact and knowledge production. The talk will also highlight the specific issues and conditions of Sino-Western scientific and cultural encounters in this period.
Second in a series of four lectures on Faith and Reason: the Jesuit Legacy in East-West Scientific Exchange funded in part by the USF Jesuit Foundation.