Ethnicity | Ethnohistory | History of ideas | Intellectual history | Nationalism | North/ East and Central Asia
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Since Feburary 2014 I am a assistant professor at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Göttingen. I studied in Heidelberg, Berlin (HU), Vienna and at the Foreign Language University Beijing. In 2005 I received my MA in Classical Sinology (and Musicology) at Heidelberg. In 2013, I defended my PhD dissertation about “Ethnicity and sinicization” (summa cum laude) at Ghent University and at the University of Göttingen in a joint PhD programme. My book based on my PhD dissertation, Nation and Ethnicity (2017), won the Foundation Council Award of the University of Göttingen in 2017.
My research areas are historiography and conceptual history, ethnography and ethnohistory in Ming, Qing, and Republican times. In my doctoral project, I was particularly interested in certain aspects of the Chinese discourse on nationalism, its integration of concepts of ethnic identity and assimilation, and in Chinese historiographical thinking with regard to non-Chinese dynasties, empires and ethnicities (1900s-1920s).
My postdoc project is about questions of differentiation between identities of Self and Other, dichotomies of civilization vs. barbary (Hua/Yi discourse), and the ethnification during the Ming and Qing times (15th-18th century).