FOR APAC Research Colloquium Session

Friday, 2 June 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

HS 888, 3rd floor, Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 18

Online: Webex  Link

Speaker: Dr. Alexander JOST (FOR APAC Deputy Director, Department of History, PLUS)

Topic: “China and the Polar Regions – Images and Perceptions in History” 


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No Chinese territory lies north or south of the polar circles, and only since the last decades of the 20th  century have Chinese researchers become active in the Arctic and Antarctic. Until then, for  Chinese  the  poles  of  the  Earth  and  their  surroundings  were  a  realm  of  imagination, estimation,  or  -at  best-  of  believing  the  words  of  others.  Understanding  these  phenomena and their changes throughout history is the topic of this talk.