I am a cultural historian interested in the interplay of material culture, collecting, and elite cultures as well as antiquarianism and early practices of archaeology in Late Imperial (11th-19th century) China. My current research focusses on the private art collections of the Qing-Emperor Yongzheng (1723-1735) and their use as tools for cultural and political propaganda. In addition, I work on the role of cultural heritage and cultural diplomacy in modern and contemporary China as well as on the influence of climate change on heritage protection and policymaking.
Currently, I am the Principal Investigator of the research project “Guwantu – Die ‘Illustrationen antiker Kuriosa’ des Yongzheng-Kaisers (1723-1735). Ein Beispiel höfischer Sammlungspraxis und -dokumentation in der Qing-Zeit“ at the University of Heidelberg as well as Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
The intellectual freedoms and possibilities for personal and professional growth count among the biggest benefits afforded by a membership in AGYA.
AGYA’s inherent interdisciplinarity and collaborative structure allow me to interact with scholars from diverse backgrounds on an equal footing and to think outside of the box.
|2023 - today||Fellow of The Royal Historical Society, University College London, United Kingdom|
|2021 - today||PI in the Project “Guwantu – Die „Illustrationen antiker Kuriosa“ des Yongzheng-Kaisers (1723-1735). Ein Beispiel höfischer Sammlungspraxis und -dokumentation in der Qing-Zeit“, Thyssen-Foundation, University of Heidelberg, Germany|
|2021||Habilitation in Chinese Studies and appointment as Associate Professor (Privatdozent) at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany|
|2019 - 2020||Fellow IKGF "Fate, Freedom and Prognostication" at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany|
|2019||Guest Professor in Chinese Studies, University of Naples L’Orientale, Italy|
|2018 - 2019||Deputy Professor in Chinese Studies, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany|
|2015 - 2017||Postdoc, Goethe University Frankfurt, DFG Graduate School “Value and Equivalence”, Germany|
|2014||PhD in Chinese Studies, University of Cologne (summa cum laude), Germany|
|2009 - 2014||Research Associate and PhD Candidate in Chinese studies, Universities of Bonn and Cologne, Germany|
|2008||M.A. in Chinese Studies and International Public Law, University of Cologne, Germany|
- My Commitment to AGYA
- Member of the AGYA Steering Committee since 2023
On a personal note
Must read in my discipline:
Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China by Craig Clunas
Blumenberg by Sybille Lewitscharoff
The scientist from my country you should know:
Luise Straus Ernst, Art History (murdered in Auschwitz 1944)