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Emily Mae Graf

Emily Graf


Global History

Research Associate and Lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)

Hittorfstraße 18
Raum 0.12
14195 Berlin

Education and Professional Experience


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, postdoc (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Institute of Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin


Assistentin, postdoc (Assistant Professor)

Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University /

Postdoctoral Coordinatorof the DFG-funded project on “Recalibrating Culture”

Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University


Ph.D. in Sinology / Transcultural Studies (summa cum laude)

“Lu Xun on Display: Memory, Space, and Media in the Making of World Literary Heritage”

Heidelberg University


Project Manager of “Taking China to the Schools!”

Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University; supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation (2014-15) and the Confucius Institute at Heidelberg University (2016-)


Visiting-Ph.D.-Fellowship and fieldwork

Renmin University of China, Beijing


Assistentin, praedoc

Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University


Magister Artium in Sinology / East Asian Art History/ English Literature

Heidelberg University


Research semester and fieldwork

Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University (NTU)


Studies at the National Taiwan University, Taibei /

Internship as Museum Guide the National Palace Museum, Taibei


WS 2019-20

MA seminar „China and Global Health: The Making and Unmaking of Barefoot Doctors (1960s-present)”

SS 2019

MA seminar “Conflicting Memories in China: Texts, Images, and Institutions”

SS 2018

MA seminar (Übung: Textlektüre und Analyse)

“Voicing Criticism in China Today: The Novelist Yan Lianke”

SS 2017

MA seminar (Übung: Textlektüre und Analyse)

“Remembering and Forgetting: Lu Xun and Cultural Politics in the PRC”

SS 2013

MA seminar (Übung: Textlektüre und Analyse)

“Founding Fathers of Modern Chinese and Taiwanese Literature: Lu Xun and Lai He”

WS 2012-13

BA seminar(Übung: Textlektüre)

“Die Sakralisierung Lu Xuns”


Research Interests

  • Barefoot Doctors (chijiao yisheng) and China’s Role in Global Health
  • Cultural Politics and Museums in the PRC and Taiwan
  • The Canonization of Lu Xun (1881-1936) in the PRC and Lai He (1894-1943) in Taiwan
  • Chinese Literature in a Global Context
  • Materiality, Visuality, Spatiality, and the Construction of Authenticity
  • Propaganda, Cult of Personality and Heroism in Historiography
  • Käthe Kollwitz and the Modern Woodblock Movement in China
  • The Interrelation between History, Oral History and Collective Memory
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