Education



Dr. phil. (PhD), LMU, Department of Asian Studies, Institute of Sinology, Munich, Germany, Graduation (magna cum laude) on February 4, 2008.

Major: Sinology. Minor: Chinese Art and Archaeology.

Dissertation topic: Die Vermittlung von Prestigegütern entlang der Seidenstraße im 2. bis 5. Jh. n. Chr. (“The Transmission of Prestige Goods along the Silk Road, 2nd through 5th Centuries AD”).

Members dissertation committee: Prof. Dr. Thomas O. Höllmann (advisor); Prof. Dr. Hans van Ess; Prof. Dr. Amei Lang.

Magister Artium (M.A.), LMU, Munich, Germany, 2005.

Major: Sinology.

Minors: Chinese Art and Archaeology, European Prehistoric and Early Historical Archaeology.

GPA of 1.16 on a 4.0 scale.

Sichuan University (Sichuan Daxue 四川大學), Chengdu, PR China, 2001.

Courses in Modern and Classical Chinese.

LMU, Munich, Germany, 1999-2005.

Study of Sinology, Chinese Art and Archaeology, Japanology as well as European Prehistoric and Early Historical Archaeology.

Staatliche Berufsoberschule (Upper Vocational School), Scheyern, Germany, 1997-1999.

University entrance qualification.

Other Publications

Books

Food, Foodways, and Society in Early China. Cambridge Elements Series. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge University Press. Under contract; expected date of submission: December 31, 2023.

With Shing Müller. Eds. Über den Alltag hinaus: Festschrift für Thomas O. Höllmann zum 65. Geburtstag (Beyond the Quotidian: Festschrift for Thomas O. Höllmann on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2017.

Prestigegüter entlang der Seidenstraße? Archäologische und historische Untersuchungen zu Chinas Beziehungen zu Kulturen des Tarimbeckens vom zweiten bis frühen fünften Jahr-hundert nach Christus (Prestige Goods on the Silk Road? An Archaeological and Historical Study of Chinese Relations with Cultures of the Tarim Basin from the 2nd through Early 5th Centuries CE). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2010. = Asiatische Forschungen 154.

Reviewed by:

Annette Kieser, in Orientalistische Literaturzeitung 107.1 (2012): 62-64.

Alexander Koch, in Antiquity 86.334 (2012):   1236-38.

 

Peer-reviewed Articles in Journals and Edited Volumes

“Displaying the Dead: Funeral Practices and Performance in Early China and Ancient Rome.” In Place and Performance in Ancient Greece, Rome and China. Edited by Griet Vankeerberghen and Hans Beck. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge University Press. Under review; publication scheduled for early 2022.

“Jade Suits (yuyi 玉衣).” In Chinese Religious Culture in 100 Objects. Edited by Adam Yuet Chau. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge University Press.

“Astana, Jiaohe and other Turfan Cemeteries and the Movement of People, Ideas, and Objects in Gaochang Kingdom (442-640).” In The World of the Silk Road. Edited by Xinru Liu and Pia Brancaccio. London: Routledge. Accepted; publication scheduled for 2022.

“Physical Exercise vs. Acrobatic Performance: A Re-evaluation of the so-called ‘Acrobat Figurines’ from Pit 9901 at the First Emperor’s Mausoleum.” In Art, Archaeology and the First Emperor: A Global Approach. Edited by Lillian Lan-ying Tseng. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers. Forthcoming.

“Tribute, Hostages, and Marriage Alliances: A Close Reading of Diplomatic Strategies in the Northern Wei Period.” Early Medieval China 25 (2019): 64-84.

“’I Write, Therefore I Am’: Scribes, Literacy and Identity in Early China.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 78.2 (2018): 413-76.

“Sacrifice vs. Sustenance: Food as a Burial Good in Late Pre-Imperial and Early Imperial Chinese Tombs and Its Relation [to] Funerary Rites.” Early China 41 (2018): 179-243.

“Genuine Prestige Goods in Mortuary Contexts: Emulation in Polychrome Silk and Byzantine Solidi from Northern China.” Asian Perspectives 57.1 (2018): 2-50.

“The Pitfalls of Second-hand Information: On the Traditionalist Dogma in Chinese Excavation Reports.” Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 79-80 (2018 [2020]): 31-72.

“The Early Silk Road(s).” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. Edited by David Ludden. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. http://asianhistory.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190277727.001.0001/acrefore-9780190277727-e-2

“A Tricky Game: Liubo 六博 in its Archaeological Context.” Oriens Extremus 55 (2016) [2018]: 105-66.

“Miniature Tomb Figurines and Models in Pre-imperial and Early Imperial China: Origins, Development, and Significance.” World Archaeology 47.1 (2015): 20-44.

“Early Chinese Diplomacy: Realpolitik vs. the so-called Tributary System.” Asia Major, Third Series, 28.1 (2015): 61-114.

 

Articles in Edited Volumes

“Ducks in the Desert: Some Thoughts on Wooden Duck Figurines from Early Medieval Tombs in the Turfan Area.” In Zwischen den Meeren / Between the Seas: Festschrift für Roderich Ptak anläßlich seiner Emeritierung. Edited by Marc Nürnberger and Cai Jiehua. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2021, pp. 171-220.

“Barbaren, China (Barbarians, China)”. In Lexikon zur Überseegeschichte (Encyclopedia of Overseas History). Second Edition. Edited by Hermann Joseph Hiery. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, forthcoming.

“Leben und Tod im frühmittelalterlichen Gaochang 高昌: Grabinschriften als historische Quellen der Qu 麴-Periode (502-640) [Life and Death in Early Medieval Gaochang 高昌: Tomb Epitaphs as Historical Sources of the Qu 麴 Period (502-640)].” In Aus geteilten Zeiten: Geburtstagsgabe für Shing Müller 宋馨 – Studien zur Nanbeichao-Periode (Divided Times: Studies from the Nanbeichao Period Essays in Honor of Shing Müller’s Birthday 宋馨). Ed. by Roderich Ptak. Gossenberg: Ostasien-Verlag, 2020, pp. 153-185.

“Quotidian Afterlife: Grain, Granary Models, and the Notion of Continuing Sustenance in Late Pre-imperial and Early Imperial Tombs.” In Über den Alltag hinaus: Festschrift für Thomas O. Höllmann zum 65. Geburtstag (Beyond the Quotidian: Festschrift for Thomas O. Höllmann on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday). Edited by Shing Müller and Armin Selbitschka. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2017, pp. 89-106.

“List of Publications of Thomas O. Höllmann.” In Über den Alltag hinaus: Festschrift für Thomas O. Höllmann zum 65. Geburtstag (Beyond the Quotidian: Festschrift for Thomas O. Höllmann on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday). Edited by Shing Müller and Armin Selbitschka. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2017, pp. xv-xxiii.

“Chinesische Übersee-Expansion (China’s Overseas Expansion).”

“Marco Polo.”

“Zheng He.” All three in Lexikon zur Überseegeschichte (Encyclopedia of Overseas History). First Edition. Edited by Hermann Joseph Hiery. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2015, pp. 172, 650, and 884-885.

(Invited) “Warring States (China) Religion.” Database of Religious History, Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia. https://religiondatabase.org/browse/212/#/. Last accessed on January 1, 2022.

(Invited) “The Tomb Complex and its Hidden Secrets.” In Qin: The Eternal Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors. Edited by Maria Khayutina. Zürich: NZZ, 2013, pp. 144-53.

(Invited) “The Terracotta Men and their Roles.” In Qin: The Eternal Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors. Edited by Maria Khayutina. Zürich: NZZ, 2013, pp. 156-63.

“Bestattungssitten in den drei Ritenklassikern und die ‘Wahrheit’ in den Gräbern’ (Funerary Rites in the Three Rites Canons and the ‘Reality’ in Tombs).” In Sprache und Wirklichkeit in China. Edited by Christian Soffel, Daniel Leese und Marc Nürnberger. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2011, pp. 29-48.

“Moxing mingqi suo miaohui de Han dai Lingnan diqu de richang shenghuo” 模型明器所描繪的漢代嶺南地區的日常生活. In Xi Han Nanyue guo kaogu yu Han wenhua 西漢南越國考古與漢文化. Edited by Zhongguo Shehui Kexueyuan Kaogu Yanjiusuo 中國社會科學院考古研究所and Guangzhou shi Wenwu Kaogu Yanjiusuo 廣州市文物考古研究所. Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2010, pp. 177-205.

 

Articles (commissioned)

“Die Mär von den ‚Barbaren‘: Das chinesische Mittelalter (The Myth of the “Barbarians”: Medieval China).” In China: Das Reich der Mitte von den Anfängen bis heute (China: The Middle Kingdom from Its Origins to the Present). Edited by DAMALS: Das Magazin für Geschichte und Kultur (Then: The Journal of History and Culture). Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2020, pp. 33-44.

“Der Wegbereiter Chinas: Der Erste Erhabene Kaiser der Qin (221-120 v. Chr.) und die Entdeckung seiner Terrakottaarmee in der Provinz Shaanxi vor 25 Jahren (China’s Trailblazer: The First August Emperor of Qin (221-120 BC) and the Discovery of his Terracotta-Army in Shaanxi Province 25 Years Ago).” Antike Welt: Zeitschrift für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte (Ancient World: Journal of Archaeology and Cultural History) 40.3 (2009): 70-72.

“Diachronic Timetable (2nd century BCE to 20th century CE) of the Four Following Regions: Eastern Mediterranean, West- and South Asia, Central Asia, East Asia.” In Die Seidenstraße (The Silk Road). By Thomas O. Höllmann. Munich: C.H. Beck, 2004, pp. 126-27.

 

Translations (commissioned)

“Cat. No. 13: Halle des Tathagata (Rulai dian) oder der Pavillon der Zehntausend Buddhas (Wangfo ge) im Kloster des Wandels durch Weisheit (Zhihua si), Peking, 1443 n. Chr.

[Hall of Tathagata (Rulai dian) or Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas (Wanfo ge) in the Monastery of Sapient Change (Zhihua si), Beijing 1443 CE].” In Die Kunst der Holzkonstruktion. Chinesische Architekturmodelle (The Art of Wood Frame Construction: Chinese Architectural Models). Edited by Winfrid Nerdinger. Berlin: Jovis Verlag, 2009, pp. 150-57.

Extensively edited and expanded translation of a Chinese article co-authored by Yong Xinqun and Cui Ming.

“Cat. No. 17: Modell einer Qing-zeitlichen Halle mit einfachem Walmdach

[Model of a Hall with Hipped Roof dating to the Qing Period].” In Die Kunst der Holzkonstruktion. Chinesische Architekturmodelle (The Art of Wood Frame Construction: Chinese Architectural Models). Edited by Winfrid Nerdinger. Berlin: Jovis Verlag, 2009, pp. 164-70.

Extensively edited and expanded translation of a Chinese article co-authored by Yong Xinqun and Cui Ming.

“Von anständigen Kindern und fliegenden Kranichen: Wandmalereien in mongolenzeitlichen Gräbern Chinas (Of Reverent Children and Flying Cranes: Murals in Chinese Tombs of the Mongolian Era).” Antike Welt: Zeitschrift für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte 35.1 (2004): 3-9.

Extensively edited and expanded translation of a Chinese article.

Book Reviews

(Invited) “Anthony J. Barbieri-Low. Ancient Egypt and Early China: State, Society, and Culture. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2021.” Journal of Chinese Studies: forthcoming.

(Invited) “Paul Fahr. Remonstration als Institution: Ein Beitrag zum Herrschaftsverständnis im frühen chinesischen Kaiserreich. Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz 2021.” Historische Zeitschrift: forthcoming.

(Invited) “Jie Shi. Modeling Peace: Royal Tombs and Political Ideology in Early China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020.” Journal of Chinese Religions: forthcoming.

(Invited) “Guolong Lai. Excavating the Afterlife: The Archaeology of Early Chinese Religion. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2015.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 137.3 (2017): 652-56.

“Amy Olberding and Philip Ivanhoe, eds. Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2012.” Philosophy East & West 64.4 (2014): 1088-1100.

(Invited) “Allison Ruth Miller. ‘Patronage, Politics, and the Emergence of Rock-cut Tombs in Early Han China.’ PhD Dissertation, Harvard University, 2011.” Published on March 3, 2014. http://dissertationreviews.org/tombs-politics-early-han-china/; last accessed on January 1, 2022.

“Text and Tombs: A Fragile Relationship. Feature Review of Wu Hung. The Art of the Yellow Springs: Understanding Chinese Tombs. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011.” China Review International 18.4 (2011 [2014]): 444-49.

“K. E. Brashier. Ancestral Memory in Early China. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Asia Center, 2011.” China Review International 18.4 (2011 [2014]): 459-64.

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    Memberships

    American Oriental Society (AOS).

    Association for Asian Studies (AAS).

    European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology (EAAA).

    European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS).

    German Association of Chinese Studies (Deutsche Vereinigung für Chinastudien, DVCS).

    Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA).

    Society for the Study of Chinese Religions (SSCR).

    Society for the Study of Early China (SSEC).

    Tang Studies Society.

    Western Branch of the American Oriental Society (WBAOS).

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