Maps sharing the same cartographic conventions and metric properties are comprehensible independently of their toponym’s language, whereas a translation of toponyms and legends does not help much for understanding an ‘alien’ cartographic image.
The project is focussed on cases of fusing cardinally different cartographic languages: mapping East Asia by indigenous and European cartographies, which since the late 16th century became engaged in a reciprocal translation process. Attention will be paid to what stays untranslatable (including entire maps), what is supplemented and transformed.
The selected cartographic sources are poorly known or new for scholarly community. Among them are printed maps recently acquired by the MPIWG and manuscript items in the possession of the SUB Göttingen.
This study is using formal methods of investigating maps, which rely on modern techniques of cartometric analysis and numerical modelling, as well as on techniques of analysing the materiality of maps.
The goal is to reliably reconstruct filiation of congener maps, which among other characteristics makes explicit fine links established between maps through reciprocal translations.
The three-year project is hosted by the MPIWG, benefitting from its highly qualified IT team. It is based on a cooperation of Prof Dr Dagmar Schäfer (Director of the the MPIWG Dept. III), Dr Vera Dorofeeva-Lichtmann (CNRS, France) and Prof Dr Yang Yulei (Zhejiang University, P.R.C).
Project website at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
Dorofeeva-Lichtmann, Vera. 2020. A Manuscript Japanese World Map (1886) from the Banco Santos Collection (São Paulo, Brazil): De-centred Ways of Knowledge Transmission. In ROTAS, MAPAS & INTERCÂMBIOS DA HISTÓRIA DA CIÊNCIA, ed. Ana-Maria Alfonso-Goldfarb, José-Luiz Goldfarb, Márcia H. M. Ferraz, Silvia I. Waisse and Luciana Costa Thomaz, 25–45. São Paulo: EDUC—Editora da PUC-SP.
Dorofeeva-Lichtmann, Vera. 2019. Mapping Asia: Cartographic Encounters between East and West. Regional Symposium of the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, 2017, ed. Martijn Storms, Mario Cams and Imre Josef Demhardt. Imago Mundi 71 (2): 219–220.
Dorofeeva-Lichtmann, Vera. 2019 (revised 2009). Ritual Practices for Constructing Terrestrial Space (Warring States-Early Han). In Early Chinese Religion, Part One. Shang through Han (1250 BC-220 AD) (2 vols.), ed. John Lagerwey and Marc Kalinowski, 595–644. Leiden, Boston: Brill.
Dorofeeva-Lichtmann, Vera. 2019. “Inversed Cosmographs” in Late East Asian Cartography and the Atlas Production Trend. In East-West Encounter in the Science of Heaven and Earth 天と地の科学, ed. Tokimasa Takeda 武田時昌 and Bill M. Mak 麥文彪, 144–174. Kyoto: Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University 京都大學人文科學研究所.
Schäfer, Dagmar. 2020. The History of Science in a World of Readers. Berlin: epubli.
Schäfer, Dagmar, Shih-pei Chen and Qun Che. 2020. What is Local Knowledge? Digital Humanities and Yuan Dynasty Disasters in Imperial China’s Local Gazetteers. Journal of Chinese History 中國歷史學刊 4 (2): 391–429.
Schäfer, Dagmar. 2019. Things (Wu) and Their Transformations (Zaowu) in the Late Ming Dynasty. Song Yingxing’s and Huang Cheng’s Approaches to Mobilizing Craft Knowledge. In Entangled itineraries. Materials, practices, and knowledge across Eurasia, ed. Pamela H. Smith, 63–78. Pittsburgh Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press.
Schäfer, Dagmar and Florence Hsia. 2019. History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. A Second Look at Joseph Needham. Isis 110 (1): 94–99.
Yang, Yulei 杨雨蕾. 2020. 从边地到胜境：图绘明清山海关地区 From Border District to Beauty Spot: Mapping Shanhaiguan Area in Ming and Qing Dynasty, in Xingxiang shixue形象史学. Image Historical Studies, Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press 26: 302–313.
Yang, Yulei 杨雨蕾. 2019. Jiqing Ducheng kongjian: Chaoxian caihui ben Beijing chengshi ditu 寄情都城空间：朝鲜彩绘本北京城市地图 (On Korean Colored Maps of Beijing in the Qing Dynasty). Lishi dili 历史地理. Historical Geography journal, Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Press 38: 269–285.
Yang, Yulei 杨雨蕾. 2019. “‘Honil Kangri Yeokdae Gukdo Jido’ de tu ben xingzhi he huizhi mudi” 《混一疆理历代国都之图》的图本性质和绘制目的 (Essence of Honil Kangri Yeokdae Gukdo Jido and Purpose of Its Mapmaking), Jianghai xuekan 江海学刊. Jiang Hai Academic Journal 2019 (2): 172-180, 255.