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Dagmar Schaefer


Contact:  Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany; Tel. : +49 30 226 67 151

E-mail address : dschaefer@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de


  • 07/2019– Managing Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin                     
  • 07/2015– Honorary Professor, History of Science and Technology, Technische Universität Berlin    
  • 04/2013– Director, Department III, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin                
  • 01/2012–07/2013 Head of Department of East Asian Studies, University of Manchester                         
  • 09/2011–07/2015 Professor and Chair of Chinese Studies and History of Technology,  School for Arts and         Languages, University of Manchester
  • 08/2011–07/2013 Director, Confucius Institute Manchester   
  • 05/2006–08/2011  Director, Independent Research Group “Concepts and Modalities: Practical Knowledge     Transmission”  (China, 10th–18th century), Max Planck Institute  for the History of Science, Berlin   
  • 04/2005–08/2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese Studies, University of Würzburg     


  • 2018–2021 Guest Professor, Tianjin University      
  • 2016–2017 Guest Professor, School of History and Culture of Science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 
  • 2013–2015 Principal Investigator in joint research project cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and the Palace Museum (PM) in Beijing, China  
  • 2012–2013 Principal Investigator, British Inter-University Centre for Chinese Studies  
  • 2012–08/2013 Research Director of the Division for Language-Based Area Studies    
  • 12/2007–2011 Principal Investigator in joint research project cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and the Palace Museum (PM) in Beijing, China  
  • 09/2007–08/2012 Supervisor of Partner Group of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and the Max Planck Society (MPG) at the Institute of the History of Natural Science (IHNS), Beijing, China  
  • 2018–2019 Editor in Chief, Transfers. Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies    
  • 2017–  Guest Editor, Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, special issue History of Science and Technology across the Silk Roads, Leiden: Brill  
  • 2015–  Series Editor (with Benjamin  Elman and Kim-Yunk Sik), Science and Religion in East Asia
  • 2019–2021 Senior Advisory Board, Journal for East Asian Science,Technology, Medicine (EASTM), Leiden: Brill
  • 2017– Steering Committee, China Biographical Database (CBDB) at Harvard 
  • 2017– Editorial Board, Ambix 
  • 2016– Editorial Board, Osiris   
  • 2016– Editorial Board, Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science   
  • 2014– International Committee, Artefacts  
  • 2013– Series Editorial Board, Edition Open Access (MPIWG)   


  • 2005 Habilitation University of Würzburg, Chinese Studies (opus eximium
  • 1996 Ph.D. Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Political Science University of Würzburg (opus eximium
  • 1993 M.A. Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Political Science University of Würzburg (summa cum laude


  • 2020 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG)     
  • 01/2019–04/2019 Member of the School of Historical Studies, Residential Scholarship, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 
  • 2013 Joseph Levenson Book Prize (pre-1900 category) of the Association for Asian Studies The Crafting of the 10,000 Things 
  • 2012 Pfizer Award of the History of Science Society best scholarly work and outstanding book The Crafting of the 10,000 Things 
  • 2006 Award for Excellent and Outstanding International Research Ruchti-Stiftung 
  • 2005–2006 Scholarship for Outstanding Scholars Bavarian Ministry of Science 
  • 09/2005–10/2005 Individual Fellowship Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 
  • 2003–2004 HWP Scholarship Bavarian state scholarship for outstanding academics 
  • 2001–2004 DFG Grant Dept. of Sinology, University of Würzburg 
  • 03/2002–07/2002 DFG, Research Grant, Taiwan, Ts’ing-hua-University 
  • 01/2002–02/2002 Academia Sinica, Research Grant, P.R. China, Beijing   
  • 09/2000–11/2002 Academia Sinica, Research Grant, P.R. China, Beijing  
  • 1998–2001 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Würzburg  
  • 1997 Award for Excellent Research Unterfränkische Gedenkstiftung 
  • 1994–1996 DFG, PhD Scholarship  
  • 1990–1991 Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) P.R. China, National Zhejiang University Dept. of Chinese History and Journalism 
  • 1990 University of Würzburg, Exchange Scholarship P.R. China, National Zhejiang University 


  • 08/2018–07/2021 Principal Investigator, Translation Terroirs – East Asian and European maps  between Language, Ritual and Space, Research team of three, funded by the DFG 
  • 2018–2019 Project Director, Chinese Local Gazetteers: Producing Full Texts  and Making Them Open-Access Cooperative research project of MPIWG and  Harvard-Yenching Library (HYL), funded by the  Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCK) Database Grant   


  • The Crafting of the 10,000 Things: Knowledge and Technology in 17th-Century China,   (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011). Translated into Chinese as: Gong kai wan  wu : 17 shi ji Zhongguo de zhi shi yu ji shu 工开万物 : 17 世纪中国的知识与技术 (Jiangsu ren min  chu ban she 江苏人民出版社: Nanjing 南京, 2015). 
  • Weaving an Economic Pattern in Ming Times (1368–1644): The Production of Silk  Weaves in the State-Owned Silk Workshops, co-authored with Dieter Kuhn (Heidelberg: edition forum, 2002).  
  • Des Kaisers seidene Kleider. Staatliche Seidenmanufakturen in der Ming-Zeit (1368– 1644) [Silk Cloth for the Emperor: State-owned Silk-Workshops during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644)] (Heidelberg: edition forum, 1998).  

Edited Volumes and Special Issues 

  • Ownership of Knowledge. Beyond IP. Co-edited with Annapurna Mamidipudi, Marius Buning, and Mario Biogioni. MIT Press, forthcoming. 
  • SeriTechnics: Historical Silk Technologies. Co-edited with Giorgio Riello and Luca Molà. Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge, forthcoming. 
  • The History of Science in a World of Readers. Co-edited with Angela N. H. Creager. Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge, Studies 11. Berlin: Edition Open Access, 2019. 
  • 科学史新论: 范式更新与视角转换 (History of Science Reader). Co-edited with Angela N.H. Creager. Translated by Wu Xiujie 吴秀杰. Series: 科学与社会译丛, edited by Liu Dong刘 东, Dagmar Schäfer 薛凤, and Angela Creager 柯立哲. 浙江大学出版社 Zhejiang University Press, 2019. 
  • Accounting for Uncertainty: Prediction and Planning in Asian History. Co-edited with Michael Lackner & Zhao Lu. MPIWG Preprint No. 496. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, 2019.
  • Animals through Chinese History: Earliest Times to 1911. Co-edited with Roel Sterckx & Martina Siebert. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Threads of Global Desire. Co-edited with Giorgio Riello & Luca Mola. Boydell & Brewer, 2018. 
  • “Knowledge Spheres: Borderlines and Intersections of Expertise and Knowing in China, Song to Qing,” Special issue, EASTM 38/39 (2014), collaboration of the Independent Research Group D. Schaefer, MPIWG Berlin, and the Research Group Sun Xiaochun, Institute for the History of Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 
  • Rice: Global Networks and New Histories. Co-edited with Francesca Bray, Peter Coclanis, Edda Fields-Black. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 
  • Cultures of Knowledge: Technology in Chinese History. Leiden: Brill, 2012. 

Articles and Chapters in Books 

  • “Things (Wu) and Their Transformations (Zaowu) in the Late Ming Dynasty: Song Yingxing’s and Huang Cheng’s Approaches to Mobilizing Craft Knowledge.” In Entangled Itineraries: Materials, Practices, and Knowledges across Eurasia, edited by Pamela H. Smith, 63–78. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019. 
  • “Introduction,” with Florence Hsia. Technology and Culture, 60.2 (2019): 554–61.
  •  “History of Science, Technology, and Medicine: A Second Look at Joseph Needham,” with Florence Hsia. Isis 110.1 (2019): 94–99. 
  • “Introduction: Knowing Animals in China’s History,” with Martina Siebert and Roel Sterckx. In Animals through Chinese History: Earliest Times to 1911, edited by Dagmar Schäfer, Martina Siebert, and Roel Sterckx, 1–19. Cambridge University Press, 2018. 
  • “Great Plans: Song Dynastic (960–1279) Institutions for Human and Veterinary Healthcare,” with Han Yi. In Animals through Chinese History: Earliest Times to 1911, edited by Dagmar Schäfer, Martina Siebert, and Roel Sterckx, 160–180. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • “Unpacking the Chinese Library.” In Bibliotechnica: Humanist Practice in Digital Times, edited by John Tresch, 117–43. Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 2018. 
  • “Kranzberg’s Fifth Law.” technologystories.org (SHOT), available at https://www.technologystories.org/fifth-and-fourth-laws, 2018. 
  • “Drunken Talk: Political Discourse and Alcohol Consumption During the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127 CE).” In Reading the Signs: Philology, History, Prognostication; Festschrift for Michael Lackner, edited by I. Amelung and J. Kurtz, 303–16. München: Iudicum, 2018.
  • “10000 Dinge – Modelle und Technologie im China der Ming (1369–1645)- und Qing (1645–1912)Periode.” In Wissensaustausch und Modernisierungsprozesse zwischen Europa, Japan und China, edited by C. Ebersprächer, A. Labisch, and Li Xuetao, 113–26. Halle: Leopoldina, 2018. 
  • “Editorial: Mobility Studies, a Transdisciplinary Field.” Transfers, 8.1 (2018): VII-X. 
  • “Translation History, Knowledge and Nation Building in China.” In The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Culture, edited by S.-A. Harding and O. Carbonell Cortes, 134–53. New York: Routledge, 2018.  
  • “The Historical Roots of Modern Bridges: China’s Engineers as Global Actors.” In Technology and Globalisation: Networks of Experts in World History, edited by Lino Camprubi and David Pretel, 27–40. London: palgrave macmillan, 2018.  “Introduction: Silk in the Pre-Modern World,” with Giorgio Riello and Luca Molà. In Threads of Global Desire, edited by Giorgio Riello and Luca Mola, 1–18. Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2018.  
  • “Power and Silk: The Central State and Localities in State-owned Manufacture During the Ming Reign (1368–1644).” In Threads of Global Desire, edited by Giorgio Riello and Luca Mola, 21–48. Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2018. 
  • “China und Japan.” In Handbuch Wissenschaftsgeschichte, edited by M. Sommer, S. Müller-Wille, and C. Reinhardt, 166–77. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2017.
  • “Interpreting the Collection and Display of Contemporary Science in Chinese Museums as a Reflection of Science in Society,” with Song, J.-O. In Challenging Collections: Approaches to the Heritage of recent Science and Technology, edited by A. Boyle and J.-G. Hagmann, 88– 102. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2017. “Thinking in Many Tongues: Language(s) & Late Imperial China’s Science.” Isis–A Journal of the History of Science Society, 108.3 (2017): 621–28. 
  • “Science in the Medieval East.” In Oxford Illustrated History of Science, edited by Iwan Rhys Moreus, 108–42. Oxford University Press, 2017. 
  • “Knowledge by Design – Architecture and Jade Models During the Qianlong 乾隆 Reign (1735– 1796).” In The Structures of Practical Knowledge, edited by Matteo Valleriani, 271–86. Cham: Springer, 2017. 
  • “Compiling a Database on Historical China from Local Records: the Local Gazetteers Project at MPIWG,” with Chen, S.-P., Hong, Z., Siebert, M., & Urzúa, J.  In Digital Humanities 2016: conference abstracts; Kraków 11–16 July 2016, edited by Maciej Eder and Jan Rybicki, 453– 55. Kraków: Jagiellonian University & Pedagogical University, 2016. 
  • “Books for Sustenance and Life: Bibliophile Practices and Skills in the Late Ming and Qi Chenghan’s Library Dansheng tang,” with Cathleen Paethe. In Transforming Book Culture in China, 1600–2016, vol.6 of Kodex – Jahrbuch der Internationalen Buchwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft, edited by Daria Berg & Giorgia Strafella, 19–47. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz, 2016. 
  • “Techniques et territoires en Asie orientale,” with Aleksandra Kobiljski. In Histoire des Techniques, Mondes, Sociétés, Cultures (XVIE–XVIIIE Siècle), edited by Guillaume Carnino, Liliane HilairePerez, & Aleksandra Kobiljski, 25–50. Paris: puf (Nouvelle clio),  2016. 
  • “Culture et technique,” with Marie Thébaud-Sorger. In Histoire des Techniques, Mondes, Sociétés, Cultures (XVIE–XVIIIE Siècle), edited by Guillaume Carnino, Liliane Hilaire-Perez, & Aleksandra Kobiljski, 369–94. Paris: puf (Nouvelle clio), 2016. 
  • “Technology and Innovation within Expanding Webs of Exchange,” with Marcus Popplow. In Expanding Webs of Exchange and Conflict 500CE–1500CE, vol.5 of The Cambridge World History, edited by B. Kedar & M. Wiesner-Hanks, 309–38. New York: Cambridge University Press 2015. 
  • “Patterns of Design in Qing-China and Britain During the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.” In Goods from the East, 1600–1800. Trading Eurasia, edited by Maxine Berg. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: 107–18, 2015.  “Knowledge Spheres: Borderlines and Intersections of Expertise and Knowing in China, Song to Qing,” with Xiaochun Sun, EASTM, 38 (2014): 9–16.
  • “Media and Migration: Qing Imperial Approaches to Technological Knowledge Circulation.” In Space and Location in the Circulation of Knowledge (1400–1800). Korea and Beyond, edited by Marion Eggert, Felix Siegmund, and Dennis Würthner, 87–118. Frankfurt a. M., Berlin, et al.: Peter Lang, 2014.  
  • “Peripheral Matters: Selvage/Chef-de-piece Inscriptions on Chinese Silk Textiles.” UC Davis Law Review, 47.2 (2013): 705–33. 
  • “Globalisierung, Kulturvergleich und Transnationaler Techniktransfer als  Herausforderung für die Technikgeschichte,” with Marcus Popplow. Technikgeschichte 80.1 (2013): 3–11. 
  • “Formen und Funktionen von Verschriftlichung im flassischen China: Objekte und funktionale Inschriften während der Ming Dynastie (1368–1645).” In Natur – Religion – Medien, Transformationen frühneuzeitlichen Wissens, edited by Thorsten Burkard, Markus Hundt, and Steffen Martus et al., 355–70. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2013. 
  • “Technology and Innovation in Global History and in the History of the Global.” In Writing the History of the Global, Challenges for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Maxine Berg, 147– 64. British Academy of Science, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 
  • “Objekt-Kultur und Kulturobjekt: Inschriften als Quelle für die Untersuchung globaler und lokaler Strukturen im Waren- und Wissensmanagement während der späten Ming-Zeit (16./17. Jahrhundert).” In Spuren der Avantgarde: Theatrum Oeconomicum, edited by H. Schramm, J. Lazardzig, & V. Tkaczyk. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter Verlag, 2013. “Silken Strands: Making Technology Work in China.” In Cultures of Knowledge: Technology in Chinese History, edited by Dagmar Schäfer, 45–74. Leiden: Brill, 2012. 
  • “Inscribing the Artifact and Inspiring Trust: The Changing Role of Markings in the Ming Era.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, 5 (2011): 239–65.
  • “Technologie und Innovation im vormodernen China: Ein historischer Überblick.” Ferrum, 82 (2010): 15–24.
  • “Staunen und Forschen in wunderlichen Welten.” In Wunderforschung: Ein Experiment von Kindern, Wissenschaftlern und Künstlern, edited by K. Bödeker and C. Hammer, 118–21. Berlin: Nicolai-Verlag, 2010.  
  • “Ganying – Resonance in Seventeenth-century China: The Examples of Wang Fuzhi (1609–1696) and Song Yingxing (1589–ca. 1666).” In Variantology 3: On Deep Time Relations of Arts, Sciences and Technologies in China and Elsewhere, edited by Siegfried Zielinski and Eckhard Fürlus, 225–54. Köln: König, 2008. 
  • “Matteo Ricci, der gelehrte Missionar.” Spektrum der Wissenschaft 9 (September 2006): 88–97.  
  • “Der Außenstehende: Song Yingxing (1587–1666?).” In Kritik im alten und modernen China, edited by Heiner Roetz, 165–78. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz, 2006. 
  • “The Congruence of Knowledge and Action: The Tiangong kaiwu and Its Author Song Yingxing.” In Chinese Handicraft Regulations of the Qing Dynasty: Theory and Application, edited by Christine Moll-Murata, Song Jianze, and Hans Ulrich Vogel, 35–60. München: Iudicum, 2005. 
  • “Song Yingxing (1587–1666?)—A Technical Author?” Tsing-hua ta-hsüeh lun-wen fa-piao 4 (2002): 1–31. 
  • “Die Legitimation der Beamten in der Song-Dynastie.” In Beamtentum und Wirtschaftspolitik in der Song-Dynastie, edited by Dieter Kuhn, 78–172. Heidelberg: Edition Forum, 1995. 

Book Reviews

  • China’s Transition to Modernity: The New Classical Vision of Dai Zhen, by Minghui Hu, Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2015. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 78.1 (June 2018): 224–30. 
  • Looking at it from Asia: The Processes that Shaped the Sources of History of Science, by Florence Bretelle-Establet (ed.), Dordrecht et al.: Springer (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science; 265), 2010. EASTM, 35 (2012): 178–84. 
  • Science between Europe and Asia: Historical Studies on the Transmission, Adoption and Adaptation of Knowledge, by Feza Günergun and Dhruv Raina (eds.), Dordrecht: Springer-Verlag, 2011. ISIS 103.3 (2012): 624–25.  
  • Science and Civilisation in China, vol. 7: The Social Background, Part 2, General Conclusions and Reflections,” by Joseph Needham, edited by Kenneth Girdwood Robinson, Cambridge University Press, 2004. EASTM, 33 (2011): 121–27.
  • “Historical Perspectives on Chinese Metallurgy,” review article of Science and Civilisation in China, vol. 5: Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 11: Ferrous Metallurgy by Joseph Needham, edited by Donald B. Wagner, Cambridge University Press, 2008. Metascience, 19.3 (November 2010): 479–82. 
  • On Their Own Terms: Science in China, 1550–1900, by Benjamin A. Elman, Harvard University Press, 2005. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 67.2 (2007): 468–75. 
  • Erschließung der himmlischen Schätze [Tiangong Kaiwu / The Exploitation of the Works of Nature], by Song Yingxing (1587–1666), translated from Classical Chinese by Konrad Herrmann, Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Verlag für Neue Wissenschaft, 2004. Hefte für Ostasiatische Literatur 38 (2005): 125–27. 


  • 09/02/2017 Organizer: Panel: “Empires, Exchange and Civilizational Connectivity in Eurasia” Fifth European Congress on World and Global History: Ruptures, Empires, Revolutions, Budapest. 
  • 05/29/2017 Chair: Keynote: “Warum Materielle Kultur erforschen?” at Materielle Kultur: erschließen, bewahren, erforschen, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung in Berlin. 
  • 02/21/2017 Chair of Round Table: “Science and Technology in Global History: The Development of an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda,” University of Warwick. 
  • 07/09/2015 Discussant: “Cross-currents and Intersections: EAHSTM’s Place and Role in the Scholarly Field Today,” International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia (ICHSEA), Paris.
  • 07/06/2015 Chair and Co-Organizer (with Sonja Brentjes): Panel: “Visualizations of the Heavens,” ICHSEA, Paris.
  • 10/30/2014 Chair of Roundtable: The Making of Useful Knowledge, Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge.
  • 09/05/2014 Commentator: Panel: “States and Manufactures in a Global and Comparative Perspective, 1400–1800,” ENUIGH Conference, Paris.  
  • 01/24–26/2013 Organizer: Animals in Asia (funded by BICC, AHRC 10.000 £), international conference at the University of Manchester. 
  • 06/03–05/2011 Co-Organizer (together with the Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte e.V. [German Society for the History of Technology]): “Globalisierung, Kulturvergleich und Kulturkontakt als Herausforderung für die Technikgeschichte [Globalization, Culture Comparison and Culture Contact as a Challenge to the History of Technology],” MPIWG, (10,000 €). 
  • 05/12–14/2011 Co-Organizer (with G. Y. Shen): “Ritual as Technology,” MPIWG.  05/12–14/2011 
  • 04/2011 Chair and Discussant at the Panel “Knowing Places: Cultural Geographies of Song China” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Honolulu.  
  • 03/24–26/2011 Co-Organizer (with F. Bray): “Commodities and Anti-Commodities: Rice in Early Modern Thought,” MPIWG. 
  • 12/17–18/2010 Co-Organizer (with L. Molà): “Historical Systems of Innovation: The Culture of Silk in the Early Modern World (14–18th Century). A Cross-Cultural Workshop,” MPIWG. 
  • 10/04–09/2010 Organizer: “Scholars, Craftsmen and Technology: Defining Experts and Expertise in Chinese Culture,” Workshop, MPIWG. 
  • 04/12–15/2010 Co-Organizer (with Partner Group IHNS): “Borderlines and Intersections: Exploring Science and Society in Song China,” Workshop, Beijing, China.  
  • 01–11/2010 Organizer: “Technological Cultures: Themes and Methods in the History of Technology,” Colloquium Series, MPIWG.  
  • 09/04–05/2009 Co-Organizer (with M. Hofmann): “Status and Skills – The Portrayal of Individuals in Chinese Historiography, 10th–18th Century,” Workshop, MPIWG.  
  • 03/2009 Organizer and Chair: Session 168: “Appropriating Crafts, Owning Knowledge: Chinese Handicrafts and Proprietary Issues from Pre-modern to Present Day” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Chicago. 
  • 10/2008 Discussant: Panel: “Practical and Learned Culture in Premodern and Early Modern Europe” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Lisbon.  
  • 04/25–27/2008 Co-Organizer (co-funded by the Palace Museum 20,000 RMB): “History of Exchange of Craft Techniques between the Imperial Court and the Folk,” Workshop, Research Department, Palace Museum, Beijing.  
  • 04/10–11/2008 Organizer: “Cultures of Knowledge: A Book-workshop,” MPIWG. 
  • 04/04/2008 Co-Organizer (with the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin): “Sources on Chinese Architecture in the 19th and Early 20th Century,” Workshop.  
  • 09/16–30/2007 Co-Organizer (with IHNS): “Borderlines and,” Workshop, Beijing, China. 
  • 07/09–13/2007 Organizer: “From Invention to Innovation: Cultural Traditions of Technical Development in China,” Conference, MPIWG. 
  • 09/03–09/2006 Co-Organizer (with IHNS): “History of Mechanics.” Workshop, Beijing.  


  • Peking University (2019) (1) Seminar Series: 物质文化史的方法和实践 [Methods and Practices of Material Cultural History] (December 12–December 20)
  • University of Michigan (2019) (1) Graduate Workshop on LoGaRT, the Local Gazetteers Research Tools. Co-taught with Chen Shi-pei and Calvin Yeh (April 5) 
  • Columbia University (2019) (1) Graduate Workshop: Knowing Through Animals: The Animal Turn in the History of Science. In collaboration with Alma Igra and Tamar Novick (February 2) 
  • Princeton University (2019) (1) Graduate Seminar: History of Science, Local Gazetteers and New Digital Methods. Cotaught with Chen Shi-pei and Calvin Yeh (March 30) 
  • Freie Universität Berlin (2018–2019) (1) Graduate Course: Tiere zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaften: Vormodernes China und Europa im Vergleich. Co-taught with Karin Gludovatz 
  • University of Hong Kong (2017–2018) (1) Cultures of Innovation in East Asia’s History: with a Focus on Scientific, Medical, and Technological Change. Co-taught with Angela Ki Che Leung 
  • University of Warwick (2017) (1) PG Masterclass: Comparative History: Language and Matter in Global Studies of Technology and Innovation (February 21) 
  • Freie Universität Berlin (2017–2018) (1) China – eine etwas andere Entwicklungsgeschichte 
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University (2016) (1) Summer School: Historiography of Science of Science of East Asia in the West
  • University of Chicago (2016) (1) Summer School: Textiles and Labour 
  • Technische Universität Berlin (2015–2016) (1) Staatsmanufakturen: Wissenschaft und nützliche Künste in Eurasiens  Weg in die Moderne 
  • University of Manchester (2011–2015) (1) Classical Chinese, Introduction to Grammar and Literary Genres, (2) Introduction to Chinese Studies EALC 10050. Co-taught with James St Andre and William Schroeder (3) Energy and environment: China and Asia 900–1800 
  • University of Zurich (2011) (1) Research Seminar: Concepts and Models of Technological and Scientific Knowledge Transfer. Co-taught with Prof. Dr. Mareile Flitsch 
  • Technische Universität Berlin (2006–2011) (1) Seminar: Urbanisierung – Verortung von Wissen im historischen China (10.–16. Jh.), (2) Reading-Seminar: Landwirtschaft und Wissenschaft: Das Zwanzigste Jhd., (3) Seminar: Einführung in die Technikgeschichte Chinas seit der Ming-Zeit: Denken, Handeln, Schreiben, parts 1 and 2, (4) Seminar-Lecture: Consuming Culture: Asia’s Modernism, (5) Seminar: Naturwissenschaft und Technik in China vom 14.–17. Jahrhundert: Konzepte, Ideen, Realitäten 
  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (2007) (1) Seminar: Naturwissenschaft und Technik in China vom 14.–17. Jahrhundert: Konzepte, Ideen, Realitäten 
  • University of Würzburg (1994–2008) (1) Seminar: Foreign kings, remote emperors: Legitimation in Imperial rulership, (2) Seminar: Tourism: Traditions within New Cultures of Interaction, (3) Seminar: Trade and Guilds, (4) Seminar: State monopolies in dynastic China, (5) Seminar: Nationalism in Asia – 20th century, (6) Reading Seminar: War in China: Technologies and Strategies, (7) Reading Seminar: Carts, boats, horses: Transportation and Infrastructure in Medieval China, (8) Seminar: The West is strong: Intellectual Climate in China 1875–1922, (9) Lecture-Seminar: Einführung in die Wissenschaftsgeschichte: Mit einem Fokus auf Asiens Technologie, (10) Reading Seminar: Chinesische Enzyklopädien, (11) Reading Seminar: Classisches Chinesisch: Chengyu, (12) Seminar: Beamten in der Song-Dynastie: Literati-Kultur  


Fluent in speaking, reading and writing in Modern Chinese, English, German; 

Reading and writing ability in Classical Chinese, French, Dutch, Japanese, Latin, Classical Mongolian 

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