Our fascination for China has a history; our own history. If we wish to better understand our present, we need to be attentive to this history. Blaise Pascal’s observations are precious. In a crossed-out fragment of the Pensées, he asks: “Which is the more credible of the two, Moses or China?” On the one side the lawgiver and central figure of monotheism; on the other, China, vast space of thought where the imaginary of otherness is projected. Both are overwhelming: they challenge our understanding. Rather than diminishing this challenge, Pascal undertakes it frontally : “It is not a question of seeing this summarily. I tell you there is in it something to blind, and something to enlighten. By this one word I destroy all your reasoning. ‘But China obscures’, say you; and I answer, ‘China obscures, but there is clearness to be found; seek it.’ […] We must then see this in detail; we must put the papers on the table.” We wish to follow Pascal’s injunction: we shall refuse to see China and its mirrors summarily, and examine the ways in which it blinds and enlightens. Clearness of China and of European Enlightenment? We must see this in detail; we must put the papers on the table.
It is these papers that we will study, in order to instruct a case: what are the images of China that Europe coins during the 17th and 18th centuries? Of what brightness China shines, and what shimmers are reflected on the European Enlightenment? What part of this light-game remains in the shadow? What was the reception of European Enlightenment by China? How did the patterns of clarification got woven and set apart?
Geneva Summer Schools Excellence Scholarships 2015
Geneva Summer Schools offers a limited number of Excellence Scholarships to summer school participants for certain courses.
These scholarships are in the form of partial or full tuition exemption.
Scholarship application is done in the online application form.
To apply for a scholarship, students must include:
- Scholarship statement
- Letter of Recommendation
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, letter of reference, and financial need. Incomplete scholarship applications will not be considered.
ThinkSwiss Scholarships 2015
The Geneva Summer Schools has 4 ThinkSwiss Scholarships to award (up to 1300 CHF each) to students enrolled in Canadian and US Universities who wish to attend the Geneva Summer Schools 2015. These scholarships are sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America.
To be considered for a ThinkSwiss scholarship:
- Apply for your summer school online (http://genevasummerschools.ch/)
- Send in your ThinkSwiss application (deadline May 1, 2015) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject « ThinkSwiss Application » composed of:
- a 500 word (max) statement about why you would like to be considered for this Think Swiss scholarship
- Your CV
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- Current academic transcript