Pre-imperial China
(Western Zhou, Spring and Autumn, and Zhanguo periods):

Society, politics, ideology

Legal practices and legal thought

Bronze ritual vessels and bells:

  • Inscriptions as historical sources;
  • Social uses of the bronzes;
  • Cultural, social and political concepts in inscriptions

Classics (Shang shu and Shi jing) and other early texts

Early Chinese historiography

Bell of Duke Wu of Qin (r. 697–678 v. Chr.), © Baoji Museum of Bronze
2014-present Habilitation project "Kinship, Marriage and Politics in Early China (11-8 cc. BC)"
Institute for Sinology of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.

Supported by the

Visiting lecturer at the Institute for Sinology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.
2011-2013 Curator of the exhibition "Qin - the eternal emperor and his terracotta warriors" at the Bernisches Historisches Museum .

2010-2011 1st phase of the habilitation project "Kinship, Marriage and Politics in Early China (11-8 cc. BC) at the LMU.
01.10.2007-30.09.2009 Post doctoral fellow in the German Science Foundation’s Postgraduate School “Forms of Prestige in Cultures of the Ancient World” at the LMU.
01.02.-31.07.2007 Post-doctoral fellow at the LMU
2003 - 2006 Research fellow of Gerda-Henkel-Foundation at the LMU and Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB).
01.10.2005 - 28.02.2006 Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin), Institute of Sinology of the LMU (temporary substitution).
2001 – 2003 Guest research fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Faculty of East Asian Studies of the RUB, visiting lecturer.
1999 – 2006 Research fellow, China Department, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
1999 – 2004 Research fellow, Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Project “East-West”.
1997 - 2002

Project member, Center “History of Private and Everyday Life”, Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

1996 - 1999 Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Ph. D. in history.

Dissertation: Institutions of “friends” and “guests” in Ancient China. Evolution of the social and politic phenomena and of the appropriate terminology during the Western Zhou, Chunqiu and Zhanguo periods.

1990 - 1996 History Faculty of the Moscow State Lomonosov-University.

Specialization: History of Ancient China at the Ancient World History Department.

Moscow State University Diploma in history (equivalent to MA).

Thesis: “Sacral and Political Role of Jade in Ancient China.”

1994 - 1995 College of International Cultures, Dalian Normal University, People Republic of China. Russian-Chinese interstate university exchange program. Modern Chinese language training.


  Organisation of Panels at Conferences:
  • The Zhou period in the light of new archaeological and epigraphic sources“ XVIII Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies, Riga, July 15, 2010;
  • Topoi of First and Last Rulers, XVIIth Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies, Lund, August 6, 2008;
  • Ankunftsland China: Identität und Integration der Einwanderer in der historischen Perspektive, XXX. Orientalistentag, Freiburg, September 26, 2007
    • 2014-2016 - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, "Temporary Position for the Principal Investigator"
    • Since 2010-2011 - scholarship of the BGF
    • Participant in the LMUexcellent Mentoring Program since July 2007
    • October 2008 – Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation’s Library Travel Grant for the visit of Cambridge University Library
    • February – June 2007 Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich scholarship in the frame of the High School and Science Program for the chances equality of women in science
    • 2003-2006 Research grant of the Gerda-Henkel-Foundation
    • 2001-2003 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's research fellowship

    Last modified on 01.02.2015