Documentary: An Astrolabe in Focus (2016)

Length: 7min 41sec

Dr Thomas Eser speaks about the huge and unique collection of astrolabes at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg, which is the biggest one in the German speaking area. These astrolabes are from different periods. The astrolabe showed in the documentary was designed by the mathematician Johannes Praetorius for Melchior Ayrer, a physician in Nuremberg. In the 1560s, he collected scientific instruments.
In the second part of this documentary, former Visiting Fellow Dr Josefina Rodriguez Arribas explains the different components of an astrolabe and their function. She shows that these devices are not only for scientific use, but also pieces of art.

Keywords: IKGF, Video, Art, Medieval Studies, Science, Astrology, Astrolabe, Josefina Rodriguez Arribas, Thomas Eser
Speakers: Dr. Josefina Rodriguez Arribas, Dr. Thomas Eser
Language: German (with English subtitles), English
Nature of Event: Lecture


Practice of Divination: The Tibetan Zhang Zhung Ju thig Divination System (2014)

Length: 38min 43sec

During the research stay of former IKGF visiting fellow, Prof. Dr. Donatella Rossi (Sapienza Univ. of Rome), who worked on the ancient Tibetan Zhang Zhung Ju thig divination system, Tibetan Bon-master Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche was invited to a two-week research visit at the IKGF. Since 1992, Venerable Trinley Nyima Rinpoche has been the appointed Lopon (Head Teacher) of the Bon Dialectic School in Dolanji, India, which is the Bon religion’s major institution of higher education in exile. During his stay, a video featuring an interview on Zhang Zhung Ju thig and other Tibetan divination methods, as well as an actual divination carried out by him, was produced.

Keywords: IKGF, Video, Tibetan Studies, Divination, Lopön Trinley Nyima Rinpoche, Donatella Rossi
Speakers: Lopön Trinley Nyima Rinpoche, Prof. Dr. Donatella Rossi
Language: Chinese (with English subtitles)
Nature of Event: Lecture


Practice of Divination: The Book of Changes (2013)

Length: 35min 53sec

Keywords: IKGF, Video, Chinese Studies, Divination, Wenzhi Zhang, Xiaokun Song
Speakers: Prof. Wenzhi Zhang, Xiaokun Song
Language: Chinese (with English subtitles)
Nature of Event: Dialog


Gao Xingjian - A Documentary (2012)

Length: 31min 05sec

Keywords: IKGF, Chinese Studies, Documentary, Erlangen, Konferenz, Michael Lackner, Mable Lee, Gao Xingjian
Speakers: Gao Xingjian, Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner, Prof. Mable Lee
Language: English, French, Chinese
Nature of Event: Documentary, Conference


Three Disciplines at One Table (2012)

Length: 22min 22sec

In the discussion led by Lothar von Falkenhausen, three eminent scholars of Early Chinese history meet. Three fields of specialty are involved: early material culture and archaeology (von Falkenhausen), early Chinese philology and oracle bone inscriptions (Kenichi Takashima) and early intellectual history (Michael Puett). Together, the three scholars debate on the Shang and Zhou dynasties: while Ken Takashima focuses on divinatory texts of the 13-11 centuries B.C. and their diction, Michael Puett considers the Western terms of “Fate, Freedom and Prognostication” in the context of Early China. In cooperation with both, Lothar von Falkenhausen attempts better to understand and classify the divinatory material objects of early Chinese archeology.

Keywords: IKGF, Chinese Studies, Erlangen, Prognostication, Shang dynasty, Zhou dynasty, Archaeology, Ken Takashima, Michael Puett, Lothar von Falkenhausen
Speakers: Prof. Ken Takashima, Prof. Michael Puett, Prof. Lothar von Falkenhausen
Language: English
Nature of Event: Round Table