Dr. Elisabeth Forster

Mailing Address:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg    
Institut für Sinologie
Werthmannstraße 12
79098 Freiburg, Germany


Phone:  0049 761 20396748

E-Mail: elisabeth.forster@sinologie.uni-freiburg.de


University Education:


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford (Thesis title: ‘The Invention of the New Culture Movement in 1919’)


Master of Studies in Oriental Studies (focus on China), University of Oxford


Previous Teaching Position:


Departmental Lecturer in Modern Chinese History and Politics, History Faculty, University of Oxford


Fellowships and Awards (selection):


John Fell Oxford University Press Research Fund (small grant)



Fellow at the Kluge Center der Library of Congress, Washington D.C.



PhD studentship of the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)



 ‘The buzzword “New Culture Movement”: Intellectual marketing strategies in China in 1919’, Modern Asian Studies (forthcoming).

(Together with Jan Knoerich), ‘Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Introduction’, in Paul Irwin Crookes and Jan Knoerich (eds.), Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, June 2015).

From Academic Nitpicking to a “New Culture Movement”: How Newspapers Turned Academic Debates into the Center of “May Fourth”’, Frontiers of History in China, vol. 9, no. 4, 2014: 534–557.



Main Research Interests:

Intellectual, cultural, political and media history of modern China

Notions of ‘peace’ in China’s long 20th century

New Culture Movement (May Fourth)

Coincidence and chance in the making of history

The role of the English language in China



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