Formal opening: Dr Jane Golley, Director, Australian Centre on China in the World
Keynote address: Dr Sara Hsu (China Rising Capital Forecast)
Shadow banking in China as “funny money”
PhD Pre-submission Seminar
In Song China (960-1279), scholars increasingly used pictorial methods to interpret canonical knowledge and ideology. As argumentative and pedagogical tools, their diagrams, charts, and maps were designed to persuade in debates and to enliven pedagogy. This pictorial method therefore shaped how canonical texts and ideas were transmitted and received.
Historians of “Chinese science” until recently have spent much of their time researching issues in pre-modern natural studies and trying to explain why modern science, technology, and medicine arrived so late in China. The “Needham Question”—Why did a divided Europe, and not imperial China, develop modern science first?—until recently remained preeminent.