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History of Science in Asia

Using Calendars and Almanacs in Asia (India, China, Japan)


New Theoretical Approaches to the Sources and Socio-Political Issues of the Present Day

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DECEMBER 9, 2011

9:30 – 17:00

University Paris Diderot,
Room Klein, 612B, ,
bâtiment Condorcet,
4, rue Elsa Morante, 75013 Paris

Workshop contextually linked with SAW, ERC Project

Organisers : Matthias HAYEK (CRCAO), Agathe KELLER (SPHERE)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, © National Diet Library, Japan

This workshop extends two previous seminars, centered on the uses of calendars and almanacs in Asia, and hopes to raise some news perspectives on this topic. Three themes seem especially important :

– First, the differentiation between almanacs and calendars : Are they always different texts having separate names ? How are they used ? If they are distinct are the used jointly or not ? How are they elaborated ? Are they elaborated in relation to one another ?

– Second, the articulation of astronomical computations and observations with magical and divinatory practices, including fate computations : how are they mutually integrated to one another ? Is this always the case ?
– Third, the circulation of computational techniques for calendars and cosmological systems between India, China and Japan : Can we trace a transmission of those systems in Asia, and how were they received ?

These are precisely the three points we hope to discuss during this workshop. While presenting the specificities of each system in its original context, we will try to shed light on the way calendars and almanacs were adapted and used consequently to their transmission into a different context. We will pay a special attention to how almanacs and calendars were used and perceived by commoners.

9h30 Introduction : Matthias Hayek, Agathe Keller

10h A. Arrault (EFEO)
Des traités hémérologiques aux almanachs en Chine

Discussant : M. Kalinowski (EPHE)

12h–13h30 : Lunch

13h30 M.Yano (Kyoto Sangyo University)
Traditional Indian Calendar – living and changing

Discussant : A. Keller (Sphere)

15h30 G. Leinss (Cambridge University)
Calendars and almanacs in Japan (689 to 1884) : formats, contents, users

Discussant : M. Hayek (CRCAO)

17h Discussion

Metro : line 14, RER C, stop : Bibliothèque Nationale. Bus : 62 89 325 64 / stop Avenue de France.

Abstract MYano - 23.9 ko