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Trois regards sur la notion de « culture chinoise »

Basile Zimmermann

Abstract

Chinese studies are going through a period of reforms. This article appraises what could constitute the theoretical and methodological foundations of contemporary sinology today. The author suggests an approach of “Chinese culture” by drawing from recent frameworks of Science and Technology Studies (STS). The paper starts with current debates in Asian studies, followed by a historical overview of the concept of culture in anthropology. Then, two short case studies are presented with regard to two different STS approaches: studies of expertise and experience and the notion of interactional expertise, and the framework of waves and forms. A general argument is thereby sketched which suggests how “Chinese culture” can be understood from the perspective of materiality.

Remerciements

Cette contribution a bénéficié de nombreuses discussions avec des collègues et des étudiant-es au cours des dernières années. Il est difficile de lister tous les noms, mais j’ai notamment eu la chance de participer aux Journées de la Relève en Etudes asiatiques 2007 à Bâle, puis en 2013 à Zäziwil. J’ai aussi pu débattre de certains arguments lors de présentations à l’Ostasiatisches Seminar de Zurich en 2008, au Centre d’études chinoises de l’Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales à Paris en 2011, à la conférence annuelle de la European Association of Chinese Studies à Paris en 2012, et au China Humanities Seminar de l’Université de Harvard en 2015. Les échanges avec l’équipe de Collins et Evans sur l’Imitation Game ont été extraordinairement stimulants lors de rencontres à l’Arizona State University en 2013, puis à l’Université de Cardiff en 2013 et 2015. Pascale Bugnon, Tania Messel, Ozan Sahin, Rafael Suter, ainsi que trois relecteur-rices anonymes ont eu la générosité de commenter des sections du texte à différents moments de leur production, et de souligner des faiblesses que j’espère avoir réussi à compenser.

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Published Online: 2018-02-28
Published in Print: 2018-04-25

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