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Seminar: Demonstrating the Superiority of European Civilization to the Chinese, 1793 and 1860
Date: 21 April 2010 

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk as part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures Seminar Series

The Wonder of Science: Demonstrating the Superiority of European Civilization to the Chinese, 1793 and 1860

Professor Erik Ringmar
(Social and Cultural Studies, NCTU, Taiwan)

Date: 21  April 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: Convocation Room, Main Building

China, its emperor and his palace, always inspired a sense of awe in European visitors. This feeling placed the Europeans in an inferior position vis-a-vis China. Not accepting this subjugation, the British in 1793 and 1860 decided to demonstrate the wonders of European civilization to the Chinese. In 1793 they did this with the help of scientific instruments; in 1860 they did it with the help of Armstrong guns.

About the speaker:
Erik Ringmar has a PhD in political science from Yale University and worked at the Government Department at the LSE in London for 12 years. He has published books with Cambridge UP, Routledge and Anthem Press. His present research concerns the European destruction of the Yuanmingyuan in 1860.

All are welcome. No registration is required.

For enquiries, please contact Dr Marie Berne,

Please find below details of upcoming talks in the Seminar Series:

April 28 (Wed), 4.30-6pm, LE1 (Library Extension)
Aleksandar Pavkovic and Kit Kelen (University of Macau)
"What Can a National Anthem Tell Us? The Tale of the 'New' Balkan Anthems"

May 5 (Wed), 4.30-6 PM, Main Building Convocation Room
Denis Meyer (French Programme)
"A Floating Sense of Selves: Kikou Yamata's Cultural Mediation of Japan"

May 19 (Wed), 4.30-6 PM, Main Building Convocation Room
Mercedes Vazquez Vazquez (Spanish Programme)
"Politics of Realism in Contemporary Venezuelan Filmmaking"

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