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Ina Asim

Associate Professor

Office: 317 McKenzie
Office Hours: W: 2:00-3:30pm
Phone: 541-346-6161



Biographical information:

  • Associate Professor, Pre-Modern Chinese History
  • M.A. 1982 Wuerzburg University Germany, Sinology, Japanology, German Literature
  • 1985 Linguistic Information- and Textprocessing
  • Dr. phil. 1992 Wuerzburg University, Sinology, Japanology, German Literature
  • Dr. phil.habil. 2002 Wuerzburg University, Venia Legendi for Sinology
  • With the U of O since 2002

Major Publications

  • Authored Works
  • Kluge Gattin, gute Mutter - oder Revolutionärin? Frauen und Frauenbildung in Vorstellungen und Biographien chinesischer Reformer des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. (2002)
  • Religiöse Landverträge aus der Song-Zeit.. (Religious Land Contracts from the Song Dynasty). (1993).
  • In preparation for print
  • 'Coiling Dragon,Crouching Tiger'. Urban Life in Late Ming Nanjing.
  • Book publication "edited in cooperation with "Beamtentum und Wirtschaftspolitik in der Song-Dynastie (Officialdom
  • and Economic Politics in the Song-Dynasty), hg. von Dieter Kuhn unter Mitarbeit von Ina Asim. (1995).

Research Articles

  • "Antiquarianism". Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana. Storia della Scienza. Vol. III Le Scienze
  • Extraeuropee. Sez. A. Science in China. [Encyclopedia of the history of science. History of Science in China.] (2002).
  • "The Merchant Wang Zhen (1525-1593)". ( Kenneth J. Hammond, [ed.] The Human Tradition in Premodern China.
  • (2002).
  • "Decline of a Well- Ordered World: What Happened to Sartorial Regulations at the End of the Ming". Denise Gimpel and Melanie Hanz (eds.),
  • Cheng - In All Sincerity. Festschrift in Honor of Monika Uebelhoer. (2002). Aspects of the Perception of Zhou Ideals in the Song Dynasty
  • (960-1279)" (2001).
  • "Weise Mutter, gute Gattin - oder Revolutionärin? Frauen in Biographie und Gedankenwelt des Reformers Cai Yuanpei (1868-1940)". ("Wise Mother, Good Wife - or Revolutionary? Women in the Biography and in the Thoughts
  • of Cai Yuanpei (1868-1940")). (1999).
  • "Status Symbol and Insurance Policy: Song Land Deeds for the Afterlife." (1994).
  • "Die aristokratische Grabkultur des 7. und 8. Jahrhunderts" ("Aristocratic Tomb Culture in the 7th and 8th Centuries") (1993).

Fellowships, Grants, Honors

  • Visiting scholar at the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Center for Chinese Cultural and Institutional History, Columbia University (short term,
  • 2002)
  • Fellowship from the fund of the Special Programmes for Universities by the German Ministry of Education (200-01)
  • Fellowship of the endowment-committee of Würzburg University for research at Princeton University (short term, 1998)
  • Fellowship of the German Science Council for Research at Nanjing University (short term,1996)
  • Award of the Committee of the Frankonian Memorial Foundation for Science (1994)

Film Projects

  • The documentaries were produced as collaborations between the Institute of Sinology and the Language and Media Center of Würzburg
  • University for the improvement in using new media in teaching.
  • Chinas Goldenes Zeitalter. (China's Golden Age). 1993. 55 min.
  • In cooperation with the Institute of Sinology, Leiden University, China Vision Project (Director: Prof.. Eric Zürcher):
  • Die Papierrolle. Kalligraphie. (The Paper Scroll. Calligraphy). 1995. 10 min.

Current Research and Writing

  • From Protocol to Fashion: The Decline of Sartorial Regulations in the Ming (1368-1644).
  • Using the Past to Serve the Present: Aspects of Political Legitimation in Ming China

Winter 2015 Courses

HIST 387 Early China
HIST 487 Song and Yuan China

Course roster

HIST 387 Early China
HIST 399 Food in Chinese Culture
HIST 407 Seminar: Politics and Culture in Late Imperial China
HIST 410 Cities in Imperial China
HUM 410 Food/Chinese Culture
HIST 487 Ming and Qing China
HIST 487 Song and Yuan China