Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism

Lecture | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Chunjie Zhang, UC Davis

 Institute of European Studies

Chunjie Zhang examines the South Pacific travel writings of George Forster and Adelbert von Chamisso, literary works by August von Kotzebue and Johann Joachim Campe, Herder’s philosophy of history, and Kant’s theory of geography from the perspective of non-European impact during the age of Europe’s colonial expansion. She explores what these texts show about German and European superiority, the critique of the slave trade, European moral debauchery, acknowledgments of non-European cultural achievements, and sympathy with colonized peoples.
Chunjie Zhang received her PhD from Duke University, MA from Universität Tübingen (Germany), and BA from Peking University (China). She is currently associate professor of German at UC Davis., 510-643-4558