"Knowledge in Translation" - a series of three two-day colloquia, The Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge, Berlin, June 4-5, June 20-21 and July 5-6.

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Knowledge in Translation
What happens when knowledge is transferred across cultural boundaries? How is it affected by
moving between different media and passing through institutional frameworks? This series of three
two-day colloquia will explore the translation of knowledge in different contexts over time and
space. Each event consists of a public lecture and a panel discussion on the first day, and a
closed group masterclass on the second day.

Register for the “Knowledge in Translation” Masterclasses at:
translation_masterclass@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de


(1) Translation in Ancient Mesopotamia
June 4, 2018
2–3.45pm Lecture, Christine Proust (CNRS, Paris): From Clay to Modern Editions: the
Metamorphoses of Numbers
3.45–4.15pm Break
4.15–6pm Panel discussion: Matteo Valleriani (MPIWG)
MPIWG, Main Conference Room
June 5, 2018
11am–3pm Masterclass, Tensions between Variability of Ancient Texts and Normativity of
Databases: Case Studies
A working lunch will be served
MPIWG, Room 215


(2) Translation in Late Imperial China
June 20, 2018
2-3.45pm Lecture, Joachim Kurtz (Heidelberg University): Knowledge in Translation: Euro-
American Missions in Late Imperial China
3.45–4.15pm Break
4.15–6pm Panel discussion: Dagmar Schäfer (MPIWG)
MPIWG, Main Conference Room
June 21, 2018
11am–3pm Masterclass, Constructing the Language of Modernity
A working lunch will be served
MPIWG, Room 215


(3) Translation in Modern Eastern Europe
July 5, 2018
2-3.45pm Lecture, Michael Gordin (Princeton University): Machine Translation before and after the
Iron Curtain
3.45–4.15pm Break 

4.15–6pm Panel discussion: Charu Singh (University of Cambridge)
HU Berlin, Main Building, Room 2249a, “Marmorsaal”
July 6, 2018
11am–3pm Masterclass, Science in a “Minor Language”
A working lunch will be served
MPIWG Villa, Room 005

About the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge:

The Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge is the result of cooperation between the Freie
Universität (FU), the Humboldt Universität (HU), the Technische Universität (TU), and the Max
Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG).
It was conceived to support an extensive network of Berlin-based historians of science and,
more broadly, of knowledge. As a forum for new and shared research projects, as well as for
public dialog, the center aims to increase Berlin’s visibility as a site of research, and to anchor
the multidisciplinary topic “history of knowledge” in teaching and research.

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

For questions or comments regarding the series, please write to: translation_masterclass@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de