Welcome to the Institute of Chinese Studies at Freiburg University

Research and teaching at the Institute of Chinese Studies at Freiburg University focus on modern and contemporary China and are characterized by an interdisciplinary approach combining history and the social sciences. In addition, the Institute offers a comprehensive training in the Chinese language.

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Information on recent and upcoming events, important dates, and publications, can be found here:


News Item Maoist Legacy Database is online now
The Maoist Legacy Project team is pleased to announce the availability to colleagues of the Maoist Legacy Database, a digital archive that the project has been compiling related to project research.
News Item Leveling the City: The Socialist Transformation of Shanghai in the 1950s
Lecture given by Dr. Jake Werner (University of Chicago). The talk will take place on Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 2 pm, at Erbprinzenstraße 12 (4th floor).
News Item Workshop: “Work, Workers and the Heroization of Everyday Life in a Global Perspective”
International workshop to be held at Freiburg University, June 8-9, 2018, hosted by the Collaborative Research Center “Heroes – Heroizations – Heroisms”.
News Item Workshop “Urbanizing Rural China: Challenges of Rural Governance” in Klitgaarden/Denmark and a New Research Network
On February 23-25, 2018 a workshop on "Urbanizing Rural China: Challenges of Rural Governance" co-organized by Dr. René Trappel (together with Prof. Elena Meyer-Clement, FU Berlin and Prof. Jesper Zeuthen, Aalborg University) took place at the Klitgaarden Refugium in Denmark.
News Item Tabea Mühlbach receives Alumni Award
We are pleased to congratulate our student Tabea Mühlbach on being awarded the Alumni Award of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Freiburg for outstanding final theses. The title of her master’s thesis is “Narrating Self and Past in China’s Land Reform. Discourses of Suku and Fanshen”.
News Item Call for applications: PhD positions of the DFG-funded graduate school ‘Factual and Fictional Narration’
The DFG-funded interdisciplinary graduate school GRK 1767 ‘Factual and Fictional Narration’ at the University of Freiburg, Germany, is inviting applications for 8 PhD positions starting on October 1, 2018.
News Item November 7, 2017 Lecture: Speaking with the Silent Majority: the Rise of Grassroots Intellectuals."
The lecture of Prof. Sebastian Veg (SHSS Paris) will take place in the seminar room in Erbprinzenstraße 12 and begins at 18:15.
News Item Lena Henningsen is receiving an ERC Starting Grant of nearly 1.5 million euros for her project “The Politics of Reading in the People’s Republic of China (READCHINA)
News Item Workshop: "Yan’an and Chinese socialism"
International workshop at the University of Freiburg, 3-4 August 2017, organized by Tani Barlow (Rice University), Dong Limin (Shanghai University) and Nicola Spakowski (University of Freiburg).
News Item Workshop: "New Trends in the Study of the Early People’s Republic of China"
International workshop to be held in Münstertal, May 19-21, 2017, hosted by the project “The Maoist Legacy: Party Dictatorship, Transitional Justice and the Politics of Truth”. The workshop is co-organized by the Universities of Freiburg and Cologne.

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institut für Sinologie
Werthmannstraße 12
D-79098 Freiburg i. Br.

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