Visiting Professor Jacob Eyferth: Cotton production (Dec 2015)

Prof. Jacob Eyferth (University of Chicago) stayed at the Institute of Chinese Studies from Dec 14th till Dec 19th 2015 as a visiting professor.

During his stay Prof. Eyferth held a lecture on the topic of cotton production between 1930 and 1980, titled Weben und Überleben in Gedatou (Zhouzhi, Shaanxi), 1930-1980 on Dec 14th 2015 in the Sitzungssaal of the University Library.

He also organized a one-day workshop on Dec 17th 2015 at the Institute of Chinese Studies using archive materials on cotton production.


14.12.2015, 18:00:

Weben und Überleben in Gedatou (Zhouzhi, Shaanxi), 1930-1980 [Weaving and Surviving in Gedatou (Zhouzhi, Shaanxi), 1930-1980]

Place: Sitzungssaal der Universitätsbibliothek (Altbau), Universitätsstr. 4, Erlangen


17.12.2015, 9:00 – 15:30:

Baumwollproduktion im maoistischen China – Wie lese ich Archivdokumente? [Cotton production in Maoist China – How to read archival documents?]

Place: 03.111, Institute of Chinese Studies, Artilleriestr. 70, Erlangen

Preparatory meeting: 

10.12.2015, 10:15 – 11:45

Place: 01.116, Institute of Chinese Studies, Artilleriestr. 70, Erlangen

Programm Workshop

9:00 – 9:15: Introduction

9:15 – 9:45: Historical background: State planning in agriculture, cotton shortage, textile rationing, tonggou tongxiao

9:45 – 10:30: How to read documents?

Format of archival documents,  Chinese writing reform 1956, handwriting, hectography, printing,stamps, signatures

10:30 – 11:00: Break

11:00 – 12:30: Discussion of texts

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00: Discussion of texts

Research strategies in archive research, „Sub-archival-materials“

15:00 – 15:30: Concluding discussion

Materials for the sessions can be requested from Renée Krusche (


For Prof. Eyferth’s report on his stay, see here.