Christoph W. Zimmer, M.Ed.

instructor and doctoral candidate

Christoph W. Zimmer, M.Ed.
  • Focus
    Cultural contacts in Early Modern Period | Didactics | Jesuit China missions
  • (0551) 39-21264
  • Room
    KWZ 0.730
  • Consultation hours
    SoSe 2020: by appointment

Since October 2018, Christoph Zimmer has worked as an instructor and doctoral candidate at the Chair of Modern China with a Special Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives.

After having obtained a Baccalaureate in Philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and theological studies, he went on to obtain an additional B.A. in East Asian Studies and Chinese as a foreign language and Classical Latin. He also has his Master of Education degree from the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany in the subjects of Chinese, Latin, and Philosophy. He is especially interested in the intersection between philosophy, theology, and literature, as well as their historical links and how that has impacted the development of global cultural exchange.

In his Master’s thesis, he focused on cultural contacts between Europe and China during the early modern period. Using the example of selected writings by Martino Martini S.I. (1614-1661), he analyzed his construction of ethnic identity in the China-specific missionary literature of the 17th century and examined the question, how far Martini’s observations can be traced back to contemporaneous European and Chinese debates.

During the winter term 2019/20 Christoph Zimmer conducts research at the Department of History of the University of California, Berkeley.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2015 – 2018: Master of Education (Chinese as a Foreign Language; Latin), Georg-August-University Göttingen Additional Subject: Philosophy
  • 2011– 2015: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – Two Subjects Bachelor (East Asian Studies/Chinese as a Foreign Language; Latin), Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • 2013-2014: Language Studies at the University of Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • 2011: Theology at the Philosophisch-Theologischen Hochschule Sankt-Georgen, Frankfurt
  • 2007–2009: Baccalaureate of Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
  • 2007: Theology at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-University, Münster
  • 2003-2004: Rotary International Youth Exchange Program to Taiwan at the Jinhe Senior High School, Taipei

List of courses

  • Summer Term 2019: „Von Verrätern, Usurpatoren und Gründern – Herrscherwechsel im Reich der Mitte von der Shang- bis zur Qing-Dynastie“ (2 SWS) at the Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Göttingen
  • Winter Term 2018/19: “’Höchst bemerkenswerte Dinge und Sitten im chinesischen Königreich’ – Kontinuitäten und Brüche der europäischen Chinarezeption bis zum 18. Jahrhundert” (2 SWS) at the East Asian Department of the University of Göttingen
  • Winter Term 2017/18: “Chinesisch Grundstufe I (A1.1)“ (4 SWS) at the Central Institute for Languages and Transferable Skills (ZESS) at the University of Göttingen
  • Winter Term 2016/17: “Modernes Chinesisch III – Leseverstehen und Übersetzen“ (4 SWS) at the East Asian Department of the University of Göttingen