LMU - PKU (Peking University)
In the course of the long-standing cooperation between LMU Munich und Peking University, a joint-scholarship was awarded to Dr. Catrin Kost (LMU Munich). From February to April 2017, Dr. Kost stayed at Peking University as visiting scholar and worked on a part of her habilitation treatise “The Social Relevance of Bodily Care in Ancient China: Material Records and Written Sources (1045 BCE-CE 220)”. Under the guidance of Prof. Zhu Fenghan, a renowned specialist in the field, she translated and critically evaluated bronze inscriptions dating from the Spring and Autumn to the Warring States period (771-221 v. Chr.). The results of her research were communicated in a public lecture titled “周代中国的私人卫生——青铜器和金文” (Personal Hygiene in Zhou-Dynasty China – Objects and Inscriptions), which took place on 20 April.
This event also provided the opportunity for an “open forum”, during which the participants discussed further options for a closer collaboration between both universities. Special attention was given to wishes and needs of students. These voiced an enormous interest for “early collaborations”, i.e. an exchange between German and Chinese students starting from as early as B.A. level. Preferred formats are summerschools or short-time visits of Chinese/German scholars, teaching courses on relevant topics. The lively discussions were continued over lunch. Last but not least, day two of the joint-workshop comprised a visit to the special exhibition “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures From the National Museum / 浴火重光——来自阿富汗国家博物馆的宝藏” currently held at the Forbidden City Museum. Prof. Guo Wu (Archaeological Institute/Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) and Dr. Kost provided explanations to the exhibition.
All in all, the three months proved very beneficial both on a personal and institutional level and it is hoped that the fruitful collaboration between Peking University and LMU Munich will continue.