Prof. Dr. Dominic Sachsenmaier

Modern China with a Special Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives

Prof. Dr. Dominic Sachsenmaier
  • Focus
    Chinese History (Late Ming to Present) | Global History | Intellectual history | Sino-European Relations | Globalgeschichte
  • (0551) 39-21255
  • Room
    KWZ 0.725
  • Consultation hours
    by appointment

Dominic Sachsenmaier holds a chair professorship in “Modern China with a Special Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives”. Before coming to Göttingen in 2015, he held faculty positions at Jacobs University, Duke University as well as the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his education at Freiburg University, St. Andrews University, Nanjing University and Harvard University.

Sachsenmaier’s main current research interests include China’s transnational and global connections in the past and present. Furthermore he has published in fields such as Chinese concepts of society, the global contexts of European history and multiple modernities. For instance, he authored the monographs “Global Perspectives on Global History” (Cambridge UP, 2011), and “Global Entanglements of a Man Who Never Traveled” (Columbia UP, 2018). In addition to his academic publications, Sachsenmaier has also written for newspapers ranging from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung to the Singapore Straits Times. Moreover, he has delivered a wide range of talks and keynote speeches, both in academic settings as well as at other institutions. Sachsenmaier serves on several editorial and advisory boards in Asia, Europe and the United States; he is one of the three editors of the book series „Columbia Studies in International and Global History“ (Columbia UP). He is also the president of the US-based Toynbee Prize Foundation, and he is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Dominic Sachsenmaier currently serves as the executive director of the Department for East Asian Studies.

Curriculum Vitae

Main Current Positions (since 2012)

    • Chair Professor (W3) of “Modern China with an Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives”, Department of Sinology & Department of History (coopted), Georg-August University Göttingen.
    • President, Toynbee Prize Foundation, Boston/USA.
    • Executive Director, Department of East Asian Studies
    • Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Previous Post-Doctoral Employment

    • 2012-2015: Full Professor, Modern Asian History, Jacobs University Bremen.
    • 2006-2011: Advanced Assistant Professor, Trans-Cultural and Chinese History; Duke University, Department of History & Full Faculty Member, Duke Asian Pacific Studies Institute (recommended for tenure by department in 2011; left Duke before process completed).
    • 2003-2006: Assistant Professor, Global History; University of California, Santa Barbara, Global and International Studies Program.
    • 2001-2003: Research scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute. Sponsored by the German National Research Foundation (sponsored by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: Emmy-Noether Program).
    • 1999-2000: Associate, The Boston Consulting Group.


    • 1999: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. Ph.D., History, minors: Sinology & Philosophy. Grade: “Summa cum laude”. Dissertation topic: Die Aufnahme europäischer Inhalte in die chinesische Kultur durch Zhu Zongyuan (ca. 1616-1660) (Zhu Zongyuan’s (ca.1616 – 1660) Integration of Western Elements into Chinese Culture). Main advisor: Prof. Wolfgang Reinhard (Freiburg, Germany).
    • September 1996 – June 1999: Harvard-Yenching-Institute. Teaching Fellow/ Research Scholar.
    • November 1995 – February 1996: Nanjing University, China. Visiting Graduate student, Department of History.
    • August 1993 – August 1994: Mandarin Training Center, Taipei, Taiwan.
    • October 1991 – April 1992: University of St. Andrews, Great Britain.
    • 1991 & 1992-1995: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany.

Personal Fellowships and Awards

    • September-October 2019: Fellow, Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
    • March-April 2018: Fellow, Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
    • February 2017: Fellow, Department of History, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
    • Since 2015: Elected Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
    • 2012-2015: Honorary Chair Professorship,Global History Center, Capital Normal University Beijing (teaching graduate seminars in Chinese).
    • 2010&2011 (summer): Full Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Constance, Germany. Project: Theories of globalization and global history in China and the West.
    • 2009-2010: Mercator Visiting Professorship for highly qualified scholars; Humboldt University Berlin (sponsored by German National Research Foundation).
    • 2008-2009: Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers; Free University of Berlin (sponsored by Humboldt Foundation).
    • 2007-2008: Co-convenor (together with Prof. Ralph Litzinger), Mellon Foundation grant for lecture series on “Environment and Health in China and India”.
    • 2007: Summer: Visiting Professor, Erasmus Mundus Program Global Studies, University of Leipzig/Germany & University of Wroclav/Poland (sponsored by European Science Foundation).
    • 2006: Summer: Visiting Professor, Erasmus Mundus Program Global Studies, University of Leipzig (sponsored by European Science Foundation).
    • 2005: Outstanding Faculty Member Teaching Award, University of California, Santa Barbara.
    • 2005: UCSB Junior Faculty Incentive Award for successful extramural fundraising.
    • 2004: President’s Fellow, Berlin Social Science Research Center, May-September.
    • 2002: Aspen scholarship for seminar East Asia Leadership Program, Aspen Institute, Colorado.
    • 2001-2003: Scholar, Emmy-Noether-Program, German National Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Scholarship included two years of independent research at Harvard with travel grants to China and Europe.
    • 1999: Waldseemüllerpreis, award for best thesis in international history in 1999 (Freiburg).
    • 1996: Awarded three-year grant for completion of Ph.D. thesis by the German National Study Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).
    • 1993-1994: Chinese language program in Taipei, joint scholarship by German National Study Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and Taiwan Ministry of Education.
    • 1993: Selected by the German National Study Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

Teaching Experience

    • Since 2015: Professor of “Modern China with an Emphasis on Global Historical Perspectives”, Georg-August University Göttingen.
    • 2012-2015: Visiting Chair in Global History, Global History, Capital Normal University, Beijing. Teaching one intensive graduate course per year (one month, in Chinese).
    • Since 2012: Professor of Modern Asian History at Jacobs University Bremen. Teaching undergraduate and graduate studies. Programs: International History and Politics (BA); Modern Global History (MA); also interdisciplinary courses.
    • 2006-2011: Assistant professor of Trans-cultural and Chinese History, Duke University. Teaching undergraduate and graduate classes on global history and Chinese history. Programs: History (BA & PhD); Asian Pacific Studies (MA).
    • 2009-2010: Mercator Visiting Professor, Humboldt University, Department of History.
    • 2008: Developed internationally entangled graduate course on global history based on online student discussions (participating universities: Duke, Leipzig, Germany & Fudan, China).
    • 2006&2007: Visiting Summer Professor, Erasmus Mundus Consortium (Leipzig, LSE, Vienna, Wroclav). Courses on Chinese and global history.
    • 2005: Outstanding Faculty Member Teaching Award, UCSB.
    • 2003-2006: Assistant professor of Global History, University of California, Santa Barbara. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Programs: Global Studies (BA & PhD).
    • 1998, 1999 & 2003: Teaching fellow at Harvard University.
    • 1998: Pedagogical training, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard.

Current PhD students (additional candidates currently in application process)

    • Fang Ruobing: Lives and Choices of Western-­Educated Chinese Intellectuals, 1937-­1949
    • Li Can: Remeasuring China. The Local and Translocal Dimensions of the Chinese Weights and Measures Reforms (ca. 1927-1937)
    • Jin Yan: Forms of Global Consciousness among Intellectuals in Early 20th Century China
    • Andreas Weis
    • Christoph Zimmer

Professional and Academic Experiences

    • Substantial number of conference presentations and invited lectures, particularly in the United States, Europe, and China (presentation languages: English, German, and Chinese).
    • Invited lectures (excluding conferences) – examples for institutions: Yale, Princeton, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, FRIAS Freiburg, Council of Europe, VU Amsterdam, Aarhus, Graduate Institute Geneva, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fudan University, Beijing University, etc.
    • Keynote speaker at several international conferences.

Ongoing Professional and Academic Activities

    • 2020-2022: Member of Advisory Board, German Institute for Japanese Studies (Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien), Tokyo
    • Since 2018: Member of Editorial Board, Global-e (online journal published by the 21st Century Global Dynamics Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara).
    • Since 2018: Academic Advisor (together with Kenneth Pomeranz) of journal Quanqiushi pinglun (Global History Review), Chinese Social Sciences Press, Beijing.
    • Since 2017: Member of Standing Review Board, Humanities & Social Sciences Panel, Hong Kong Research Grants Council
    • Book series editor (together with Cemil Aydin & Timothy Nunan), „Columbia Studies in International and Global History“ (Columbia UP).
    • Since 2015: Elected Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts
    • Since 2014: Elected President, Toynbee Prize Foundation in Global History(Boston)
    • Since 2014: Editorial Board Member, Palgrave Studies in Pacific History(Book Series)
    • Since 2013: Editorial Board member, journal Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und Vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung; Leipzig University Press.
    • Since 2013: Founding member and vice director, Confucius Institute Bremen.
    • Since 2011: Founding co-member, international network (Duke, Berlin, Seoul, Singapore), Global History and Critical Regionalism (mainly sponsored by Korean National Foundation; main organizer: Sebastian Conrad/FU Berlin).
    • Since 2010: Advisory Board Member, Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig.
    • Since 2009: Steering Committee Member, Flying University (Transcultural Humanities Consortium sponsored by Korea National Foundation and headquartered at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea).
    • Since 2008: Editorial board member, History Compass (Wiley-Blackwell).
    • Since 2008: Editorial board member, Chinese Studies in History (ME Sharpe).
    • 2007-2012: Editorial Board Member, Encyclopedia of Global Studies (Sage).
    • Since 2007: Board of Trustees Member, Toynbee Foundation (Global History; Boston).
    • Since 2006: Associate Editor, Journal New Global Studies (de Gruyter).
    • Since 2006: Member, International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography.
    • Since 2001: Elected member of Triglav Circle (NGO with special consultative status to UN in social and cultural questions).
    • Ongoing: Memberships in various scholarly associations & reviewer activities for journals, academic publishers and foundations.

Current Third-Party Funded Projects

Completed Professional and Academic Activities

  • 2017 (Feb.): Visiting Professor, Center for Taiwan Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2015-2016: Interim Director, Academic Confucius Institute Göttingen
  • 2015: Main organizer, international conference China in the Global Academic Landscapes (sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation)
  • 2012-2015: Recurrent Visiting Chair Professor, Global History Center, Capital Normal University Beijing
  • 2013: Main organizer, interdisciplinary conference China in the German Academic Landscapes (China in der deutschen Hochschullandschaft); Hannover (sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation).
  • 2012: Main organizer, conference Critical Regionalism in East Asia, Duke University. Sponsored by Duke University and network (Global History & East Asia – s. below).
  • 2010: Co-organizer, Conference Making Europe: The Global Origins of the Old World, sponsored by the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Study.
  • 2010: Main fundraiser and co-organizer (together with Sven Beckert) for Harvard/Duke conference Global History, Globally II. Global Dialogues, Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation.
  • 2009: Organizer and fundraiser, international conference Global and Transnational History in East Asia (Duke University). Grants from Duke Asian Pacific Studies and Transcultural Humanities Committee.
  • 2008: Organizer and fundraiser for Harvard & Duke conference Global History, Globally (meeting of global historians from all continents).
  • 2007-2008: American Historical Association: Member of the Program Committee for 2009 Convention (Theme: “Globalizing Historiography”).
  • 2007: Member, Annual Meeting Preparation Committee, American Historical Association.
  • 2007: Organizer and fundraiser (together with Sebastian Conrad) for conference The End of Empire? The Global Consequences of World War I(held at Duke University).
  • 2007: Co-organizer of inauguration meeting for global network of global studies/history programs in all parts of the world (held in Santa Barbara).
  • 2006: Co-organizer, conference Global History and NGOs (Santa Barbara).
    • 2005: Co-organizer, UNESCO section, “Modernization and Modernity in the Countries and Regions of East Asia”, 20th International Congress of Historical Sciences (CISH), Sydney, Australia.
    • 2004: Co-planner and co-organizer, conference The Courses of Modernization in the Countries and Regions of East Asia (Beijing, 2003, together with J. Kocka).
    • 2004-2007: Co-head, international research network working on Conceptions of World Order, 1880-1935 – Global Historical Perspectives. Organized international project meetings.
    • 2002: Main organizer and fundraiser, international conference New Approaches in International/Global History – A Chinese-Western Dialogue(Berlin, Social Science Research Center).
    • April 2002: Co-organizer, Conference China in the International World, sponsored by the Verein für die Geschichte des Weltsystems (World System History Association), Hanover, Germany.
    • 2001-2004: Initiated and organized project on “Multiple Modernities” sponsored by the Boston Consulting Group. Project held several “Aspen-style” seminars on issues related to globalization.
    • 1999-2000: Business consultant, The Boston Consulting Group, base: Hamburg & Berlin.
    • 1999: Editorial work on Handbook of Oriental Studies: Christianity in China, University of Leuven, Belgium.
    • 1997: Editorial board member, Harvard Asia Pacific Review.
    • Organization of various panels and workshops in different countries.


  • Global Entanglements of a Man Who Never Traveled: A 17th Century Chinese Christian and his Conflicted Worlds, New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. Reviews
      – Chinese translation under contract, Commercial Press
      – Russian translation under contract, Academic Studies Press
  • Global Perspectives on Global History. Theories and Approaches in a Connected World, Cambridge University Press, 2011 (simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions). Reviews. In progress: Chinese translation, to be published by The China Social Sciences Press (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing)
  • Die Aufnahme europäischer Inhalte in die chinesische Kultur durch Zhu Zongyuan (ca. 1616-1660) (Zhu Zongyuan’s Integration of Western Elements into Chinese Culture), (2002) = Monumenta Serica Monograph Series, vol. 46, Nettetal: Steyler.

Edited Volumes

  • Sven Beckert & Dominic Sachsenmaier (eds.), Global History, Globally, London: Bloomsbury, 2018. Reviews.
  • Margrit Pernau & Dominic Sachsenmaier (eds.), Global Conceptual history: A Reader, London: Bloomsbury, 2016. Reviews.
  • Sebastian Conrad & Dominic Sachsenmaier (eds.), Competing Visions of World Order. Global Moments and Movements, 1880-1935, (2007), New York: Palgrave. Paper Back Edition: 2012.
  • Dominic Sachsenmaier, Jens Riedel & Shmuel Eisenstadt (eds.), Duoyuan xiandaihua de fansi. Ouzhou, Zhongguo ji qitade chanshi (Translation of Reflections on Multiple Modernities, by Kwok Siu-Tong (Guo Shaotang) & Wang Weili). Mainland Chinese Edition: (2017), Beijing: Commercial Press.
  • Dominic Sachsenmaier, Jens Riedel & Shmuel Eisenstadt (eds.), Duoyuan xiandaihua de fansi. Ouzhou, Zhongguo ji qitade chanshi (Translation by Kwok Siu-Tong (Guo Shaotang) & Wang Weili of Reflections on Multiple Modernities) (2009), Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.
  • Dominic Sachsenmaier, Jens Riedel & Shmuel Eisenstadt (eds.), Reflections on Multiple Modernities: European, Chinese, and Other Approaches (2002), Leiden: Brill.

Monographs and Edited Volumes in Progress

  • Twentieth-Century China: A Global History; under contract, Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles

  • Twentieth-Century China as an Object of Thought. Global and Local Historical Reflections”. In: Modern China 46-3 (2020): 227-249.
  • „Zhongguo de jueqi, ouzhou jingji yu shijie de xin geju (China’s Rise, Europe’s Experience and the New Structures of the World)”. Interview of Dominic Sachsenmaier by Prof. He Weihua (Wuhan). In Makesi zhuyi yu xianshi (Marxism and Reality), 152 (2018), p. 95-102.
  • „Chinese Definitions of the European – Some Historical Examples“, in Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und Vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 25-3/4 (2015), pp. 101-115.
  • “Zhongou hudong yu jindai zaoqi de quanqiu sixiangshi” (Sino-European Interactions and Early Modern Global Intellectual History), in Shixue lilun yanjiu (Historiography Quarterly), 2015-2.
  • “Historiographiegeschichte als Globalgeschichte? The Oxford History of Historical Writing”, in Neue Politische Literatur 41-1 (2015), pp. 23-42.
  • “Der Begriff der ‘Gesellschaft’ im China der 20er Jahre“, in Moving the Social Journal of Social History and the History of Social Movements 52 (2014) pp. 199-221.
  • “Global Challenges to Intellectual History”, in Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences 6-1 (2013), pp. 128-147.
  • „Quanqiushi ji qi duoyuan qianli“ (Global History and Its Pluralistic Potentials), in Lishi Yanjiu (Historical Research), 1-2013, pp. 31-37.
  • “Die deutsche Geschichtswissenschaft und die Welt“, in Erwaegen-Wissen-Ethik 22-3 (2012), pp. 421-425.
  • “Chinesische Intellektuelle und der Begriff der Moderne” (Chinese Intellectuals and the Concept of Modernity. Some Reflections), in Recherche. Zeitung für Wissenschaft 3 (2011).
  • “Conceptions of Space in Global History – A Brief Outlook on Research in the United States and China”, in Comparativ: Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und Vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 20-6 (2011), S. 80-93.
  • “Global History and the Question of Traditions”, in New Global Studies (2010).
  • “Xifang de quanqiu shi yu shijie lishi – jinlai de qushi” (Western global history and world history – recent trends), in Liang an fazhan shixue(Historical Studies of Development in the Taiwan Straits), 5 (Winter 2009), pp. 69-76.
  • “Quanqiushi yu xifang shixue shijiao pipan” (Global History and Critiques of Western Perspectives), in Quanqiushi pinglun (Global History Review), 2-1 (2009).
  • “Recent Trends in European History – The World Beyond Europe and Alternative Historical Spaces”, in Journal of Modern European History, 7-1(2009), pp. 5-25.
  • “Histoire globale, histoire internationale, histoire mondiale: le débat aux États-Unis, en Chine et en Allemagne”, in Eurostudia. Transatlantic Journal for European Studies, 4-2 (December, 2008).
  • “World History as Ecumenical History?”, in Journal of World History, 18-4 (Winter 2007), pp. 465- 490.
  • “Debates on World History and Global History – the Neglected Parameters of Chinese Approaches”, in Traverse. Zeitschrift für Geschichte – Revue d’histoire, 40-3 (2007), pp. 67-84.
  • “Globale Zivilgesellschaft und Ökumenische Weltgeschichte – Schnittmenge Zweier Problemkreise” (Global Civil Society and Ecumenical World History – Overlaps Between Two Problem Zones), in Geschichte Transnational (October, 2006).
  • “Global History and Critiques of Western Perspectives”, in Comparative Education (Special Issue: Comparative Methodology in the Social Sciences), (2006), pp. 451-470.
  • “Searching For Alternatives to Western Modernity. Cross-Cultural Approaches in the Aftermath of World War I”, in Journal of Modern European History, 4-2 (2006), pp. 241-259.
  • “Die Globalisierung Europas. Zum Verhältnis von europäischer und außereuropäischer Geschichte” (The Globalization of Europe). On the Relationship between European and non-European History), Zeithistorische Forschungen (Studies in Contemporary History), 1-3 (2005).
  • “Global History, Global Debates”, in Geschichte Transnational (History Transnational), 3-3 (2005).
  • „Approaches to Global History”, in Historically Speaking: Journal of the Association of American Historians, (February, 2004).
  • “Die Angst vor dem Weltdorf: Globale und Interkulturelle Forschungen – Neue Ansätze” (Global and Inter-cultural Research – New Approaches), in WZB: Mitteilungen,105 (2004).
  • “Quanqiushi – tiaozhan yu yueshu” (Global History – Challenges and Constraints), in Shandong Shehui Kexue (Shandong Social Science), 6 (2004), pp.15-17.
  • Main editor, special issue: “Internationalization of China”, edited by Dominic Sachsenmaier (Guest Editor), Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte (Journal of World History), 2-3 (2003), (Topic: “the Internationalization of China”).
  • “Politische Kulturen in China und Deutschland nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg – Gedanken zu einer globalhistorischen Perspektive” (Political Cultures in China and Europe During the Aftermath of the Great War – Towards a Global Historical Perspective), Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte (Journal of World History), 4-2 (2003), pp. 87-102.
  • “Die Erforschung der chinesisch-europäischen Beziehungen – einige Überlegungen” (Academic Research on Sino-European Relations – Some Considerations), China Heute (2002).

Book Chapters

  • “Global History and Religious Encounters,” in Religion, Conflict, and Global Society. A Festschrift Celebrating Mark Juergensmeyer, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies, 2021, p. 215-222.
  • “The Humanities and the New Silk Road,” in William C. Kirby et al (eds.), The New Silk Road. Connecting Universities between China and Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020, p. 296-311.
  • ”The Belt and Road Initiative: Challenges for China,” in Harald Pechlaner et al. (eds.), China and the New Silk Road – Challenges and Impacts on the Regional and Local Level, Berlin: Springer Nature, 2020, p. 23-30.
  • Sachsenmaier, Dominic, “China: der Einfluss einer Weltmacht der neuen Art”, in Stefan Mair, Dirk Messner & Lutz Meyer (ed.), Deutschland und die Welt 2030, Berlin 2018, pp. 131-140.
  • Sachsenmaier, Dominic & Sartori, Andrew, “The Challenge of the Global in Intellectual History”, in Beckert, Sven & Sachsenmaier, Dominic (eds..), Global History, Globally, London: Bloomsbury, 2018, pp. 215-232.
  • Beckert, Sven & Sachsenmaier, Dominic, “Introduction”, in Beckert, Sven & Sachsenmaier, Dominic (eds..), Global History, Globally, London: Bloomsbury, 2018, pp. 1-18.
  • “Global History”, in Mark Juergensmeyer, Manfred Steger, Saskia Sassen & Victor Faessel (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies, Oxford University Press, 2019, p. 113-126.
  • Margrit Pernau & Dominic Sachsenmaier, “History of Concepts and Global History”, in idem (ed.), Global Conceptual history: A Reader, London: Bloomsbury, 2016, p. 1-16.
  • „Global History and Critiques of Western Perspectives”, in Ross Dunn, Laura Mitchell & Kerry Ward (eds.), The New World History. A Field Guide for Teachers and Researchers, Berkeley: UC Press, 2016, p. 540-555 (reprint of article published in Comparative Education).
  • “The Evolution of World History”, in David Christian & Marnie Hughes-Warrington (eds.), Introducing World History (= Cambridge History of the World, vol. 1), Cambridge UP (2015), pp. 56-83.
  • „World/Global History“, in Joseph C. Miller (ed.), Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, Princeton: Princeton UP, 2015, pp. 498-507.
  • “Broken Peace and the Consequences of the First World War for the European Civil Society: A View from the Twenty-First Century”, in Brian Carvell (ed.), Shared Histories for a Europe without Dividing Lines, Strasbourg: Council of Europe (2014), pp. 20-26.
  • “European Historical Identities and the World”, in Brian Carvell (ed.), Shared Histories for a Europe without Dividing Lines, Strasbourg: Council of Europe (2014), pp. 597-602.
  • “Notions of Society in Early Twentieth Century China, ca 1900-1925”, in Hagen Schulz-Forberg (ed.), A Global Conceptual History of Asia, 1869-1940, London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014, pp.61-74
  • “Cultural and Religious Exchanges”, in Architects of World History, ed. Jerry Bentley and Kenneth Curtis, Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, pp. 109-129.
  • „How and Why I Became a World Historian“, in Douglas Northrup (ed.), A Companion to World History, Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp. 32-42.
  • “Die Krise als Topos im modernen China” [‘Crisis’ as a Topos in Modern Chinese Historical Consciousness], in Thomas Mergel (ed.), Krisen Verstehen. Historische und Kulturwissenschaftliche Annäherungen, Frankfurt: Campus, 2012, pp. 117-130.
  • “Chinesische Intellektuelle und der Begriff der Moderne – Einige Betrachtungen“ [Chinese Intellectuals and the Concept of Modernity – Some Reflections], in Peter Burschel, Alexander Gallus & Markus Völkel (eds.) (2011), Zwischen eigenem und fremdem Kontext: Intellektuelle im Exil, Göttingen: Wallstein, pp. 131-148.
  • “Europäische Geschichte und Fragen des historischen Raums” (European History and Questions of Historical Space), in Winfried Eberhard (ed.) (2009), Die Vielfalt Europas. Identitäten und Räume, Leipzig University Press, pp. 555-657.
  • Global History: Challenges and Constraints, in Donald Yerxa (ed.) (2009), Recent Themes in the History of the World and the West, Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina Press, pp. 55-59.
  • “El concepto de las modernidades múltiples y sus áreas adyacentes” in Jürgen Schriewer & Hartmut Kaelble (eds.) (2009), La comparación en las ciencias sociales e históricas: un debate interdisciplinary, Barcelona: Octaedro, pp. 109-136.
  • Together with Sebastian Conrad, “Introduction: Competing Visions of World Order” in idem (eds.) (2007), Competing Visions of World Order. Global Moments and Movements, 1880-1935, New York: Palgrave, pp. 1-28.
  • “Alternative Visions of World Order in the Aftermath of World War I – Global Perspectives on Chinese Approaches” in Sebastian Conrad & Dominic Sachsenmaier (eds.) (2007), Competing Visions of World Order. Global Moments and Movements, 1880-1935, New York: Palgrave, pp. 151-180.
  • “Chinese Debates on Modernization and the West after the Great War” in Jessica Gienow-Hecht (ed.) (2008), Decentering American History, New York: Berghahn, pp. 109-131.
  • “China and Globalization” in Subbulaskshimi, V. (ed.) (2005), China’s Globalization: An Introduction, ICFAI University Press, pp. 1-23.
  • “Decent Work: A Confucian Perspective” in Dominique Peccoud (ed.) (2004), Philosophical and Spiritual Perspectives on Decent Work, Geneva: International Labor Organization, pp. 84-88.
  • “Globale Kultur oder Kultur der Kulturen – Mobilisierung kultureller Identitäten” (A Global Culture or a Culture of Cultures – Mobilization of Cultural Identities), in Bolko von Oetinger (ed.) (2004), Marktwirtschaft im Zeitaler kultureller Herausforderungen, Munich: BCG, pp. 51-70.
  • “Le travail decent: une perspective confucenne” (Decent Work: A Confucian Perspective) (2004), in Dominique Peccoud (ed.), Points de vue philosophiques et spirituels, Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2004.
  • “A Complex Pattern of Inculturation – the Jesus of Zhu Zongyuan” in Roman Malek (ed.) (2002), The Chinese Face of Jesus Christ, vol. 1, Nettetal: Steyler, pp. 539-552.
  • “Die Identität der Überseechinesen in Südostasien – von nationalen zu transnationalen Strukturen” (The Identities of the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia – from National to Transnational Structures), in Hartmut Kaelble et al. (eds.) (2002), Transnationale Öffentlichkeiten und Identitäten (Transnational Public Spheres and Identities), Frankfurt: Campus, pp. 211-235.
  • Together with Jens Riedel & Shmuel Eisenstadt, “Introduction” in Dominic Sachsenmaier, Jens Riedel & Shmuel Eisenstadt (eds.) (2002), Reflections on Multiple Modernities: European, Chinese, and Other Approaches, Leiden: Brill, pp.1-23.
  • “Multiple Modernities – the Concept and Its Potential” in Dominic Sachsenmaier, Jens Riedel & Shmuel Eisenstadt (eds.) (2002), Reflections on Multiple Modernities: European, Chinese, and Other Approaches, Leiden: Brill, pp. 42-67.
  • “The Cultural Transmission from China to Europe” in Nicolas Standaert (ed.) (2001), Handbook of Oriental Studies, Leiden: Brill, pp. 879-905.


Articles in a Collection

  • “Global History, Studies in”, in Helmut Anheier & Mark Juergensmeyer (eds.), Encyclopedia of Global Studies, Los Angeles: Sage, 2012, pp. 692-699.
  • Global History” in (2010).
  • “A conversation in need of expansion: the transnational perspective and historical practice” in (Introduction to a topic section) (Spring 2009).
  • Little Red Book” in Akira Iriye & Pierre-Yves Saunier (eds.) (2009), Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History, New York: Palgrave.
  • Underdevelopment” in Akira Iriye & Pierre-Yves Saunier (eds.) (2009), Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History, New York: Palgrave.

Book Reviews

  • “Manfred B. Steger, Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. 4th. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017”, in American Historical Review 125-4 (2020, p. 1358-1359).
  • “David Porter (ed.). Comparative Early Modernities, 1100-1800. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012”, Journal of World History 26-3 (2016), pp. 666-669.
  • “Michael Gehler, Gu, Xuewu & Schimmelpfennig, Andreas (eds.), EU-China. Global Players in a Complex World,” in Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte 14-2 (2013).
  • “Deng, Zhenglai (ed.) (2012), Globalization and Localization. The Chinese Perspective (= Series on Developing China, vol. 3), Singapore: World Scientific Publishing,” in Geschichte Transnational (October 2012).
  • “Andrew Philipps (2011), War, Religion, and Empire: The Transformation of International Orders,” in American Historical Review 117-2, pp. 485-486.
  • “Prasenjit Duara (2009), The Global and Regional in China’s Nation-Formation, Palgrave”, Geschichte Transnational (January 2010).
  • “Timothy Brook (2008), Vermeer’s Hat. The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World”, London, Journal of World History, 21-4 (2010).
  • “Tze-ki Hon & Robert Culp (eds.) (2007), The Politics of Historical Production in Late Qing and Republican China, Leiden: Brill”, Journal of Asian Studies, 68 (2009).
  • “Gilbert Metzger(2006), Liang Qichao, China und der Westen nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg, Münster: LIT”, H-Soz-u-Kult (February 28, 2008).
  • “ Rainer Hoffmann & Qiuhua Hu (2007), China. Seine Geschichte von den Anfängen bis zum Ende der Kaiserzeit, Freiburg: Rombach”, Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte (Journal of World History), 9-2 (2008).
  • “Michael Lackner et al. (eds.) (2001), New Terms for New Ideas Western Knowledge and Change in Late Imperial China, Leiden: Brill”, China Heute, 26-4 (2007).
  • “Lars Peter Laamann (2006), Christian Heretics in Late Imperial China. Christian Inculturation and State Control, 1720-1850, London”, Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal, 29 (2007), pp. 49-53.
  • Conference report: “German and Chinese Historiography in Dialogue”, Berliner China-Hefte. Beitraege zur Geschichte und Gesellschaft Chinas, (2005).
  • “Patrick Manning (2003), Navigating World History: Historians Create a Global Past, New York: Palgrave”, H-Soz-u-Kult (Humanities-Social Sciences-Cultural Studies), (2004).

Media Contributions

  • „Kooperation auf Augenhöhe?“ (Interview für das Magazin der Leibniz-Gesellschaft)
  • „Erfolgreich trotz riesiger Unterschiede. Der Westen sollte endlich aus dem Umgang ostasiatischer Länder mit der Pandemie Lehren ziehen“, in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 30.01.2021.
  • 23.9.2020: Interview „Das wachsende Einflussgebiet Chinas“, in 3Sat (Kulturzeit)
  • Interview, Deutschlandfunk (22.6.2020): „Wie ernst nimmt die Weltmacht China Europa?“
  • Interview, Toynbee Prize Foundation (2020): “China, Geopolitics, and Global History post-COVID-19”
  • Interview about Concept of Multiple Modernties. In Jingji guanchawang (June 2018).
  • Interview in Social Sciences Weekly (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences), vol. 1604 (March 2018), p. 5. Reprinted in China University Academic Abstracts (Gaodeng xuexiao wenke xueshu wenzhai).
  • Interview in Social Sciences Weekly (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences), vol. 1604 (March 2018), p. 5. Weixin Version.
  • The Paper“ (Pengpai) reports about a public lecture by Dominic Sachsenmaier at Tsinghua University.
  • “Langer Marsch zur Nachhaltigkeit”, in Shift. Das Nachhaltigkeitsmagazin von Volkswagen, 2016, p. 52.
  • “Chinas Metropolen im Wandel”, in Merkur. Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken, 807 (2016), pp. 5-14.
  • Chinas Städte Explodieren”; DRadioWissen, 3. April 2016.
  •  “Countries Globalized but Education Lagging”, in YaleGlobal, June 18, 2013.
  • „Deutschland Lebt Noch in der Daoguang-Epoche“, in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 31.10.2012.
  • Warum wir zu wenig über China wissen“, Deutschlandradio Kultur, 6. November 2012.
  •  “Angst of a Stagnating Germany”, Yale Global (2005) (Reprinted in Singapore Strait Times).
  •  “A Fiesta of Protest at Porto Alegre”, Yale Global (2004) (Reprinted in Jakarta Post and The South China Morning Post, 2005).
  • “Conference Report: Multiple Modernities”, Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte (2004).
  • “Germany Deadlocked Over Immigration Policy”, Yale Global (August 22, 2003) (Reprinted by several international newspapers).
  • “The Roots of Anti-Americanism in Germany”, Yale Global (2003) (Reprinted by Singapore Strait Times, Al Khaleej (Dubai), the Daily Times (Pakistan) et al.).
  • “Report on the Research Project: A Confucian Reflection on the Enlightenment Mentality”, Sino-Western Cultural Relations Journal, vol. XVII (1997).
Lecturers / student assistants / guests
Third Party-Funded Projects

World-Making from Global Perspectives: A Dialogue with China

Project Description:

    Göttingen University is part of a new research network exploring “World-Making from Global Perspectives: A Dialogue with China.” Prof. Dominic Sachsenmaier directs a project on “Conceptions of World Order and their Social Carrier Groups.” This Göttingen-based project will explore the transformation of conceptions of world order between the late nineteenth century and the present. The German Ministry of Education will sponsor the network with a total amount of ca. four million Euros, which includes 895.000,- Euros for the Göttingen part; 40% of these sums will be provided after a project extension in late 2023.
    The project “Conceptions of World Order and Their Social Carrier Groups” explores transformations of conceptions of world order from the late nineteenth century to the present. Our researchers explore various patterns and rhythms of world order-related thinking (particularly in relation to China) in different parts of the world. In this context, the project not only analyzes images of global political and economic power formations but also includes into the picture other factors like cultural hegemonies or global social and religious movements.
    In the English language, the concept of “world order” primarily refers to basic (sometimes even institutionalized) facets of global political and economic power formations. It is often used interchangeably with concepts such as “global order” or even “international order”. Among other currents, social movements (including NGOs) are increasingly identified as crucial aspects of world order; moreover, many scholars are interested in the importance of global soft power including cultural hegemonies. Others pay attention to the significance of religiously inspired ideals in shaping imageries on world order. Visions of world certainly have the potential to include such complexities into the bigger picture, but at the same time they need to offer a relatively clear image of a global situation. Hence visions of world order are at least partially abstractions of global power relations. There is a strong tendency to exaggerate specific facets of international power and worldwide interactions when presenting them as patterns of worldwide order. It hence would be naïve to view visions of world order merely as reflections of global realities; they simultaneously represent imagined worlds.
    Our research related to this project focuses on visions of world order among various social carrier groups. Within this framework, we study themes that are highly relevant for the present while at the same time we pay due attention to complex historical configurations. In various case studies, we explore how particular visions of world order have been shaped by their specific contexts and concrete circumstances. Furthermore, we probe into selected visions of world order in different parts of the world (e.g. China and Europe) and partly compare them to one another and partly search for entanglements and connections. In what ways have the changing patterns and rhythms of ideas about world order been connected with one another across regions and continents? How did global transformations or global moments impact visions of world order in different parts of the world? Under what circumstances did particular social carrier groups primarily identify with their own local or national environments? And under what circumstances did ideas of shared transnational interest prevail in debates on world order?
    In the overall research network, the Göttingen team collaborates with sub-projects at FU Berlin (Elena Meyer-Clement/Sebastian Conrad), the University of Würzburg (Björn Alpermann), and Heidelberg University (Barbara Mittler); also additional institutions in Germany and abroad are involved. In addition to conferences and workshops, fellowships for visiting scholars are available.

Remeasuring China. The Complex Contexts of Chinese Weights and Length Measurements Reforms (ca. 1927-1937)

  • Source: German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • PI: Dominic Sachsenmaier
  • Main Researcher: Li Can
    Project Description:
    This research project focuses on the multifaceted dimensions of the Chinese weight and measures reforms during the Republican Period, particularly the Nanjing Decade (1927-1937). During that time period, the Chinese government sought to introduce the metric system all over the country. Yet for two main reasons, this initiative did not amount to a clear-cut change from one measurement system to another. Firstly, the preexisting landscape of Chinese weights and measures was extremely diversified, and already under the Qing Dynasty there had not been a unified system. Secondly, the metric system was not the only foreign influence on the realm of Chinese weights and measurements. Rather, there was a pluralism of international standards (British, Japanese, and other) that was particularly visible in the foreign concessions of Chinese cities and within the orbit of large international companies.
    The metric reforms were thus taking place in a complex environment of regional fragmentation and competing international standards for weights and measures. Through carefully selected case studies, this project will explore various facets of the great metrological transformations of this time period. Two studies take the government (institutions and persons) as their points of departure yet at the same time they also consider the ramifications of the central administration’s policies for different segments of Chinese society. The remaining two case studies focus on other groups, most notably intellectuals and small-scale merchants, and they show how they were not only passive recipients of top-down policies but rather active agents in the transformative processes, negotiating their own lifeworlds and interests with the wider policies of change. In all case studies, the many-sided roles of international powers will, when appropriate, be put to the foreground. The same is the case with China’s regional diversity.

Modern Chinese & Global History

  • Source: Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation
  • PIs: Wang Hui (Anneliese Maier Award) & Dominic Sachsenmaier (Nominator & Main Project Partner)
    Project Description:
    The project explores the encounter zone between the study of modern Chinese history on one side and transregional/ global history on the other side. This implies a complex spectrum of questions and a wealth of case studies which need to be conducted in the future. For instance, historians do not sufficiently understand the complex dynamics between shifting regional orders and global orders (whether they were political, ideological, economical or cultural) within which China and its provinces were engaged in. Comparatively little work has also thus far been done on the study of transfers, exchanges and entanglements between modern China and many world regions outside of the Global North.
    The main part this research emphasis is an Anneliese Maier Research Award granted to Prof. Wang Hui by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Prof. Wang (Tsinghua University) is an internationally renowned scholar in the fields of literature and history; in recent years he has become increasingly interested in global historical perspectives. The grant sponsors a collaboration between Dominic Sachsenmaier and Wang Hui, from 2018 until 2022.

The New Silk Road. Implications for Higher Education and Research Cooperation between China and Europe

From I Ging to I Ching: A Study of the Wilhelm/Baynes Translation of the Book of Changes

  • Source: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) & Hong Kong Research Council
  • PIs: Dominic Sachsenmaier & Hon Tze-ki
    Project Description:
    The key objective of this research project is to highlight the global nature of sinology through a study of the travels of the Yijing (Book of Changes). This research project focuses on a distinctive type of translation that appeared during the first half of the twentieth century.

Funded Visiting Scholars

  • Sources: Volkswagen Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation, Stifterverband Deutsche Wissenschaft
  • Host: Dominic Sachsenmaier
    Scholars include: