Culture & Society

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Alex

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Assistant professor Dr. Jong Chol An

Jong Chol An received his Ph.D. with modern Korean history from Seoul National University, Korea and J.D. from University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. He is a specialist on history of Korean-American relations, Korean Christianity, and Korean legal history. Currently he is working on Korean legal history, focusing on U.S. Occupation of Korea and the Korean War period (1945-1953). Furthermore, he is interested in social changes with law and society perspective. He had been HK Research Professor, Inha University (2009-2011), Incheon, Korea. He is editorial board member in the Journal of Northeast Asian History (English), and board member of the Association for Legal History and the Association for Korean Christianity respectively. Further information...

Prof. Dr. Johann Büssow

Johann Brüssow teaches and carries out research on the history of modern Middle East. Since 2013 he owns the professorship for Islamic history and culture at the department of oriental and islamic studies. Together with Dr. Yuval Ben-Bassat (Haifa/Berkeley) he is head of the research project about the history of the city and region of Gaza in late 19th and early 20st century. His current focal points are: Politics, society and urban development in late Ottoman Gaza; history of Beoudins and arid areas in modern Middle East; conceptual history and historical semantics in global perspective. Further information ...

Prof. Dr. Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo

Prof. Dr. Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo teaches and carries out research in Tübingen since 1991. At the department of Japanese Studies she holds the professorship in Japanese linguistics. Her focus lies on semiotics, onomastics, scientific relationships between Europe and East Asia as well as Japanese languages in diverse contexts. It involves also linguistic policies, migration, aging society and translations. Further information...

Visiting professor Dr. Kurt Franz

Visiting professor Dr. Kurt Franz teaches Islamic Studies and does research on the history of the Middle East (600 to 1600). He is interested in the interlocking of political and social history as well as the history of science. Using the example of revolutionary movements and the relationships between nomads and the resident population as well as slavery and labor division, he examines social developments regarding the transmission of knowledge, its partiality and intertextuality. In connection with the excellence initiative he came to the University of Tübingen in 2014. Currently, he establishes the "Islamic History Geodata Initiative" which is a research group about spatial history and historical cartography of Islam. Further information...

Prof. Dr. Robert Horres

Since 2004, Robert Horres is professor for Japanese Studies at the Institute for Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Tübingen and represents the work unit “modern Japan”. He works on this research at the University of Bonn and the German Institute for Japanese Studies, the National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and historiographic institute of the University of Tokyo.

Assistant professor Dr. Huang Fei

Fei Huang was appointed W1 Junior Professor for Chinese History and Society at the Institute of Chinese and Korean Studies of Tübingen University in 2014. She earned her PhD in Chinese Studies at Leiden University in 2012. Before she joined Tübingen, she worked as a Teaching Associate and Visiting Scholar in The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2012-2013). In December 2013, she was selected an Academia Sinica Postdoctoral scholar in Taipei. She was one of only two fellows to be awarded this additional distinguished fellowship in the field of Humanities and Social Science. Her research interests concentrate on landscape studies, material culture studies, historical anthropology, art history and cultural geography in late imperial China. Further information...

Assistant professor Dr. You Jae Lee

Prof. Lee is historian and Korean specialist. He teaches and does research in Tübingen since 2010. He is head of the department of Korean Studies and director of the King Sejong Institute Tübingen. His research focuses on colonialism and post-colonialism, Cold War, Migration and Diaspora. Currently he works on the following projects: „Welt aneignen. Alltagsgeschichte in transnationaler Perspektive“ (“Aquire the world. Everyday history in transnational perspective”, DFG), „Korea and East Asia in Global History“ (AKS), „Korean European Studies“ (DAAD) and Asian German Studies. Further information...

Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin

Prof. Dr. Heike Oberlin is in charge of the scientific coordination of the Institute for Asian and Oriental Studies and extracurricular professor at the department of Indian Studies. Additionaly, since 2014, she is Equality and Diversity Officer of the Faculty of Humanities. Her focal points are forms of performativity in India, especially the Sanskrit theater Kūṭiyāṭṭam, the language and literature of Malayāḷam, South Indian palm leaves manuscripts, gender and Indian folk religions. Her regional interest is Kerala/South India. In 2008, she won the Ernst-Waldschmidt price of the Foundation “Preußischer Kulturbesitz” for her work on Sanskrit theater Kūṭiyāṭṭam. Further information...

Prof. Dr. Monika Schrimpf

My research interests are in Japanese history of religion, with a particular focus on modern and contemporary times. Presently, my research focuses on the fields of gender and religion, as well as medicine and religion in Japan. With regard to the first topic, I investigate the role of gender concepts in the self-understandings of contemporary ordained Buddhist women, thus reconstructing changed interpretations of religious roles. Besides, I examine diverse ways in which religion and medicine are entangled in contemporary Japan, asking for strategies of legitimation and self-positioning among religious actors offering therapeutic practices. Here, Buddhism and new religious movements serve as examples. I am professor for Japanese Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies of the University of Tübingen since 2014. Further information...

Prof. Dr. Gunter Schubert

Prof. Schubert (born 1963) teaches and carries out research in Tübingen since 2003. He holds the professorship for Greater Chinese Studies at the department of Chinese and Korean Studies. Also, he is director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan, which cooperates with the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies. Current focal points are: political steering policy implementation in China’s local state; the political role of private entrepreneurs in China; the political economy of cross-strait relations; nationalism in Greater China; and East Asian comparative political development. Further information…

Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Vogel

Prof. Vogel (born in 1954) teaches and carries out research in Tübingen since 1994. At the department of Chinese and Korean Studies he holds the professorship in Chinese History and Society. His focal point lies on economic and social history, the history of natural sciences and technology as well as general cultural history of traditional China. He publicizes intensively to the realms of the history of money, mining and salt production, meteorology and sports (kickball ). More recent areas of interests cover research on Marco Polo and the role of China in the early history of globalization. Further information...

Assistant professor Dr. Jerôme de Wit

Jerôme de Wit received his Ph.D. from Leiden University, Netherlands. He is a Korean specialist on North and South Korean Wartime Literature and modern Korean culture. His research interest in Korean culture is focused on public discourses concerning history and society and how cultural sources can provide us with different viewpoints on debates such as nationalism, identity, and history. His recent projects deal with such topics as postcolonialism in contemporary South Korean alternate history novels, a study on North Korean children’s animated cartoons, and a study on the representation and the changes in identity in the literature and movies of ethnic Koreans in China. through his teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses at several universities. Further information...