Christoph W. Zimmer, M.Ed.

instructor and doctoral candidate

Christoph W. Zimmer, M.Ed.
  • Focus
    China mission | Discourses of Loyalty | Ming dynasty | Construction of Identities | Didactics
  • (0551) 39-21264
  • Room
    KWZ 0.730
  • Consultation hours
    by appointment

Since October 2018, Christoph Zimmer has been working as instructor and doctoral candidate at the ‘Chair of Modern China with a Special Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives’. In his dissertation project he focuses on “Loyalties and loyalty conflicts in the China mission, 1582-1721”.

Christoph Zimmer studied theology at the University of Münster and at the Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology Sankt Georgen at Frankfurt. He obtained a Baccalaureate in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University at Rome. At the Georg-August University of Göttingen he received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education in the subjects of East Asian Studies/Chinese as Foreign Language, Latin, and Philosophy. He studied at the University of Wuhan in China and conducted research at UC Berkeley in the United States.

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 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.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2019 – 2020
      Visiting Student Researcher, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Seit 2018
      PhD-candidate and lecturer, Department of East Asian Studies, Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • 2015 – 2018
      Master of Education (Chinese as a Foreign Language; Latin) with additional subject ‘Philosophy’, Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • 2013 – 2014
      Language Studies, University of Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • 2011 – 2015
      Bachelor of Arts (East Asian Studies/Chinese as a Foreign Language; Latin), Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • 2011
      Theology, Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt
  • 2007 – 2009
      Baccalaureate of Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
  • 2007
      Theology, Westfälische-Wilhelms-University Münster
  • 2003 – 2004
      Rotary International Youth Exchange Program, Jinhe Senior High School, Taipei


Summer Term 2020

  • “Conflict and catastrophe – Disintegration and decline of the Ming Empire, ca.1600 to 1662,” Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen
  • “‘Recruiting the good, turning away the bad – loyalty conflicts in the Chinese history, from Shang dynasty to 18th century,” Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen

Summer Term 2019

  • “About traitors, usurpers, and founders – Regime change in the Middle Kingdom, from Shang to Qing dynasty,” Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen

Winter Term 2018/19

  • “‘Most remarkable things and customs in the Chinese Kingdom’ – Continuities and disruptions in the European reception of China until the 18th century,” Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen

Winter Term 2017/18

  • “Chinese Basic Course I (A1.1),” Central Institute for Languages and Transferable Skills (ZESS), University of Göttingen

Winter Term 2016/17

  • “Modern Chinese III – Reading and Translation,” Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen