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Entangled histories of 'Nature' in the landscape discourses of early modern China and Europe

Objective

Chinese landscape gardens has focused European imagination in the 17th-18th century. Its naturalness is often considered as a source of the naturalistic English landscape garden. It is not understood today that this fascination was a reflection of many shifts of ideas in European societies and sciences – from moral philosophy to governance, from geology to physiology ― all interacting with flows of knowledge from China. The project reveals the historical legacy shared between China and Europe in constructing a ‘natural’ living environment in order to improve the well-being of citizens, the state, and the planet. This project will not only enhance the understanding of reciprocity between European and Chinese cultures, but will also shed light on contemporary discourses of how human engagement in modernity may contribute to a better society and a greener planet.

The CIG funding will deepen the ‘Entangled landscapes’ paradigm which I had successfully initiated as an EU Marie Curie IEF Fellow through innovative understanding of the entanglements between the Chinese and European landscape representations. Whereas the IEF examined landscape representations, the CIG focuses on ‘Nature’ as a cultural product. Furthermore, the new CIG project develops a set of four innovative methods for deepening the ‘entangled landscapes’ paradigm. The CIG is designed to help my integration at the University of Exeter. It will allow me both to establish the ‘Entangled landscapes’ paradigm as a sub-field in Europe-China relations at the University of Exeter and develop a new European Network of Excellence on ‘Nature and Modernity: landscape between China and Europe,’ thereby drawing Exeter from the margins of Europe to the centre of European and global scholarship on European-Chinese transcultural studies.

Field of science

  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics/ethical principles
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geology
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/philosophy
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/physiology

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-CIG
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Funding Scheme

MC-CIG - Support for training and career development of researcher (CIG)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Administrative Contact
Sarah Hill (Ms.)