Acta Pekinensia Book Launch

On Wednesday 11 March 2020, Campion Hall held a book launch to celebrate the publication of the second volume of the Acta Pekinensia, an early 18th-century account of the Chinese Rites controversy composed by the German Jesuit, Kilian Stumpf (1655-1720). The original Latin text was translated and annotated by two eminent Sinologists, Paul Rule, emeritus professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and Prof. Claudia von Collani, from the University of Würzburg.

As a classicist, Gerard H. Hughes, S.J., the former Master of Campion Hall, made a major contribution to the translation of the Latin text. The volume was published by Brill in a new series edited by M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., Director of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco and Associate Fellow of the Hall. He spoke at the event together with Stephan Rothlin, S.J., Director of the Macau Ricci Institute and co-sponsor of the translation project, and Prof. von Collani. The Ricci Institute’s editorial assistant, Stephen Ford, delivered his remarks via teleconference.

The event was attended by members of the Hall and the University, including scholars of East Asian studies from the Oriental and History Faculties. Besides the Oxford China Centre, it was also co-sponsored by the Oxford Research Centre for East Asian Studies.

Text courtesy of M. Antoni J. Ucerler