Chinese Studies in Würzburg

Institute of East and South Asian Cultural Studies, Sinology


Recent History and Staff

Research and teaching of Chinese studies at the University of Würzburg dates back to 1965. The chair for Language and Literature of the Far East (C4) was first held by Hans Steininger from 1965 to 1985 and later by Dieter Kuhn (1988 to 2009). A second professorship for Modern China (C3), which was held by Raimund Th. Kolb, existed between 1997 and 2011. After 2009 Dr. Helga Stahl served as acting chair for Chinese studies until, in late 2012, Prof. Dr. Roland Altenburger was appointed to this chair, which was renamed Chair for East Asian Cultural History.

In autumn 2007 the appointment of Prof. Dr. Björn Alpermann as junior professor for Contemporary Chinese Studies signalled the growing importance attributed to social science research within the Chinese studies programmes at Würzburg University. The junior professorship was upgraded to a chair for Contemporary Chinese Studies in early 2013.

In order to also address the growing importance of China’s economy and the increased demand for related research and teaching, in 2011 the university established a new chair for China Business and Economics at the Institute of East and South Asian Cultural Studies to which Prof. Dr. Doris Fischer was appointed in spring 2012. This chair is also affiliated with the department of economics.

The Chinese studies department with its currently three chairs is part of the Institute of East and South Asian Cultural Studies within the Faculty of Arts I.


On 14 June 2017 at 18 p.m. in Hörsaal 3 (Philosophiegebäude) Philip Böing (Centre for European Research, ZEW, Mannheim) will hold a guest lecture on "China's Innovation and Patent Quality". All B.A. and M.A./M.Sc. students, as...

In der Ausgabe vom 31.05.2017 der WDR 5 Radiosendung "Proft - Das Wirtschaftsmagazin" wurde Frau Prof. Dr. Doris Fischer zum Thema "Chinesisch-deutschen Beziehungen in Zeiten von Trump" interviewt.

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Am 17.05.2017 um 18 Uhr st im Übungsraum 17 (Philosphiegebäude) wird Frau Eva Lüdi Kong, Preisträgerin der Leipziger Buchmesse 2017, einen Vortrag mit dem Titel "Die deutsche Übersetzung der Reise in den Westen (Xiyou ji): Einblicke in die...