Prof. Dr. Hans van Ess

Born 1962
1983 -1986 Studied der Sinology, Turkology und Philosophy in Hamburg (with a Scholarship from German National Academic Foundation)
1986 M.A. in Sinology
1986 -1988 Studied at the Fudan University Shanghai (with a Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service)
1992 Awarded Dr. phil.
1992 -1995 Desk officer at the German Asia-Pacific Business Association
1995 -1998 Research Assistant at the Institute for Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg
1998 Awarded Dr. habil. in Hamburg
from 1998 Department for Chinese Studies, University of Munich
2003-2005 Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies, University of Munich
2007-2009 Vicepresident of the University of Munich
from 2013 Vicepresident for International Affairs of the University of Munich
from March 1, 2015 President of Trustees of the Max Weber Foundation

Memberships and Positions

  • Halls-Bascom Professor, University of Madison, Wisconsin, March 2014
  • Honorary Professor, Sun Zhongshan University Guangzhou, 2014-
  • Editor of 'Lun Wen' (Studies in Chinese Culture and Language), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Publishing House
  • Member of following further Editorial Boards: Minima Sinica (Bonn); Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (Stockholm); Archiv orientální (Prag); Journal of Chinese Philosophy (Honolulu); T’oung Pao (Paris); Guoxue xuekan (Research in the Traditions of Chinese Culture
  • European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS), 1998-2004 Treasurer
  • Deutsche Vereinigung für Chinastudien (DVCS)
  • Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG)
  • Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
  • Mongolian Society
  • Membre du conseil scientifique pôle Asie, French Foreign Ministry

Research themes:

Confucianism, Chinese Historiography, Central Asian Studies (Mongolia, Manchuria with reference to China, 17th-19th century).

List of Publications (in German)