Cultural contacts in Early Modern Period | Didactics | Jesuit China missions
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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.