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Seminar: Chen Kuo-tung
09 MAY 18
Speaker : Prof. Chen Kuo-tung (Reasearch Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

Title : Sailing routes and navigation safety: How did the Chinese show landmarks/coastal profiles and warn underwater seabed menaces in maps 

Date : Wednesday, May 09 2018, 3 p.m.t to 5 p.m.  

Venue : Room 9, EHESS, 105 Bd Raspail 75006 Paris

Abstract: As people of other nations, the Chinese also made use of the sea.  They
invented or adopted several methods to fast reach destinations or avoid risks.  In
this talk, I will examine some varieties of map and chart that contain information to help the sea-farers.  For example, I’ll use the “Selden Map” and the Huang Qianren Map of China (DaQing Wannian Yitong Tianxia Quantu) to demonstrate the Chinese way of showing sea routes.  In addition, several versions of “maps with configuration of landmasses and depiction of (under) water conditions” (coastal profiles) will also be
discussed.  Finally, Chinese aids to navigation, including lighthouse, beacon, and spar buoy will also be examined.
This seminar is organized as part of seminar L’Asie maritime: pouvoirs et gens de mers chaired by Paola Calanca, Pierre-Yves Manguin and Guillaume Carré