Conference Programme

Thursday, 7 June 2018

4 pm Welcome & Introduction

Miscommunication East and West

5 pm Marion Eggert (Bochum): A Korean View on Failed Encounters: Pak Chiwôn (1737-1805) on the Pitfalls of Inter-Cultural Communication

6 pm Eleanor Ty (Waterloo): Asianfail and the Myth of the Model Minority


Friday, 8 June 2018

9.00 am Welcome Address by Prof. Dr. Michael Jäckel, President of the University of Trier

Travellers and Travelling Concepts

9.15 am Barbara Schaff (Göttingen): Lost in Laos: Henri Mouhot and Stephen Greenblatt

10.15 am Ralf Hertel (Trier): The Encounter that Wasn’t: Imagining East Asia in Richard Hakluyt

– Coffee Break 30 mins –

11.30 am Yao Shaoji (Taipei): Dichtung und Wahrheit in den Schriften Wilhelm Joests zu seiner Reise auf Formosa 1880

– Lunch Break 90 mins –

Missionary Encounters

2 pm Ana Fernandes Pinto (Lisbon): 17th Century Jesuit Narratives on Japanese Martyrdom: Salvation in a Failed Mission?

3 pm Andreas Regelsberger (Trier): Jesuits on Stage in Early Modern Japan

– Coffee Break 30 mins –

Images and Objects

4.30 pm Benedikt Vogel (Trier): Filling the Gap? Foreign Things and the Other

5.30 pm Timon Screech (London): The Failure of European Painting in Japan in the Early-Modern Period


Saturday, 9 June 2018

Encounters at Court

9 am Kirsten Sandrock (Göttingen): Narrating Failure in Anna Leonowens’s The English Governess at the Siamese Court

10 am Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink (Saarbrücken): Louis XIV and the Kingdom of Siam: Development and Failure of a Diplomatic and Intercultural Relation in the (Pre)colonial Era

– Coffee Break 30 mins –

11.30 am Roland Altenburger (Würzburg): Chinese Kotow and European Handshake: Episodes in the History of Intercultural Etiquette in China around 1900

– Lunch Break 90 mins –

Contemporary failures

2 pm Alex Demeulenaere (Trier): Visibility and Blindness in Barthes’ L’empire des signes

3 pm Eva-Maria Schmitz (Trier): “We Are Ambassadors for Our Race”: Negotiating Cultural Clashes in David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

– Coffee Break 30 mins –

4.30 pm Christian Soffel (Trier): Material Truth: Discordant Cultural Concepts in Contemporary China and Europe

5.30 pm Closing discussion