Dr Huiyi Wu

Subject: History of  Sino-European cultural and scientific contact through Jesuits (16-18th century)

Department/institution:  Needham Research Institute (NRI), Cambridge; Centre d’études sur la Chine modern et Contemporaine (CECMC) of EHESS, Paris.

Contact details: Huiyi.Wu@nri.cam.ac.uk


Research overview:

Wu Huiyi received professional training as a translator and completed her PhD in history in 2013 under joint supervision between Université Paris Diderot and Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Florence) before moving to Cambridge. Her first book, based on her dissertation and entitled Traduire la Chine au XVIIIe siècle: les jésuites traducteurs de textes chinois et le renouvellement des connaissances européennes sur la Chine (1687-ca. 1740), was published in 2017 by Editions Honoré Champion, Paris. She works on the history of translation and on cross-cultural contacts between China and Europe (particularly the Francophone world) in the 18th century, with a particular focus on the materiality and spatiality of knowledge circulation.
 


Select publications and awards

Monograph:

  • Traduire la Chine au XVIIIe siècle: les jésuites traducteurs de textes chinois et le renouvellement des connaissances européennes sur la Chine (1685- ca. 1740), Éditions Honoré Champion, Paris, 2017, 492 pages.

Articles:

  • ‘Alien Voiced under the Bean Arbor: How an Eighteenth-Century French Jesuit Missionary Translated the Doupeng Xinhua as a Dialogue of a Chinese Atheist Philosopher’, T’oung-Pao, 103/1-3 (2017), pp. 155-205 (An earlier version was shortlisted for the Young Scholar Award of European Association of Chinese Studies, 2014)
  • ‘The Observations we did in the Indies and China: the shaping of French Jesuits’ knowledge of China by other non-Western regions’,  East Asian History, Technology and Medicine, vol. 36, (2018)
  • "十七、十八世紀之交歐洲在華傳教士漢語知識的傳承與流變:基於一份梵蒂岡宗座圖書館手稿的個案探討 (The transmission and renewal of missionary linguistic of Chinese at the turn of the eighteenth century: a case study on a manuscript in the Vatican Library), Guoji hanxue 國際漢學 (International Sinology) (2017), p. 95-109

Awards:

  • 2017, International Award for the Encouragement of Post-doctoral Studies on Global Studies, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, France (Prix international d’encouragement aux études post-doctorales « Études globales » de l’EHESS).
  • 2014, Prize for Multidisciplinary Thesis of the Institute of Humanities of Paris (Prix de thèse pluridisciplinaire de l’Institut des Humanités de Paris).
  • 2014, Finalist for Young Scholar Award (YSA) of European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS).

Links:

www.nri.cam.ac.uk/researchers.html

http://cecmc.ehess.fr/index.php?3049

https://needham.academia.edu/HuiyiWu