Research Profile

Julia Schneider

Biography

I amLecturer in Chinese history at the Department of Asian Studies at UCC. I hold a (joint) PhD in Modern Sinology from Ghent and Göttingen Universities and an MA in Classical Sinology from Heidelberg University. My PhD dissertation about “Ethnicity and sinicization” was awarded summa cum laude. From 2014 to 2019, I was Assistant Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen, and from 2013 to 2014, Guest Professor at the Institute for Sinology at Ghent University. My book Nation and Ethnicity, published in 2017 by Brill, won the Foundation Council Award of the University of Göttingen.











Research Interests

My research areas are historiography and conceptual history, ethnography and ethnohistory in Ming, Qing, and Republican times. Currently, I am researching into book censorship during Qing times with regard to questions of differentiation between identities of Self and Other, dichotomies of civilization vs. barbary (Hua/Yi discourse), and the ethnification processes during the Ming and Qing times (15th-18th century).
In my doctoral project, I was particularly interested in certain aspects of the Chinese discourse on nationalism, its integration of concepts of ethnic identity and assimilation, and in Chinese historiographical thinking with regard to non-Chinese dynasties, empires and ethnicities (1900s-1920s). 

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2017)Nation and Ethnicity: Chinese Discourses on History, Historiography, and Nationalism (1900s-1920s).
Julia C. Schneider (2017) Nation and Ethnicity: Chinese Discourses on History, Historiography, and Nationalism (1900s-1920s). Leiden: Brill. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)'Missionizing, Civilizing, and Nationizing: Linked Concepts of Compelled Change'
Julia C. Schneider (2017) 'Missionizing, Civilizing, and Nationizing: Linked Concepts of Compelled Change' In: Cheng-tian Kuo (eds). New Religious Nationalism in Chinese Societies. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [Details]
(2017)'Foreign Conquest Dynasties in Chinese Textbooks of the 1920s: The Search for a National Identity'
Julia C. Schneider (2017) 'Foreign Conquest Dynasties in Chinese Textbooks of the 1920s: The Search for a National Identity' In: Zhishi yu rentong: Xiandai xuezhe lun jiaoyu ji jiaokeshu 知識與認同:現代學者論教育與教科書 (Knowledge and identity: the scholarly discussion of education and textbooks in modernity). Hong Kong: Zhonghwa Book Company. [Details]
(2014)'Early Chinese Nationalism: The Origins under Manchu Rule'
Julia C. Schneider (2014) 'Early Chinese Nationalism: The Origins under Manchu Rule' In: Interpretating China as a Regional and Global Power: Nationalism and Historical Consciousness in World Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2014)'Sinicization and Nativistic Movement? The Middle Jurchen Jin Period (1123–1189)'
Julia C. Schneider (2014) 'Sinicization and Nativistic Movement? The Middle Jurchen Jin Period (1123–1189)' In: Political Strategies of Identity-Building in Non-Han Empires in China. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. [Details]
(2012)'Yòng Xià biàn Yí 用夏變夷 im Kontext von Nationalismus und Historiographie'
Julia C. Schneider (2012) 'Yòng Xià biàn Yí 用夏變夷 im Kontext von Nationalismus und Historiographie' In: Tradition? Variation? Plagiat? Motive und ihre Adaption in China. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2014)Political Strategies of Identity-Building in Non-Han Empires in China
Julia C. Schneider and Francesca Fiaschetti (Ed.). (2014) Political Strategies of Identity-Building in Non-Han Empires in China Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'Were the Qing colonial? The Qing Empire in Postcolonial Discourse'
Julia C. Schneider (2020) 'Were the Qing colonial? The Qing Empire in Postcolonial Discourse'. Journal of Asian History, 54 (2):311-340 [Details]
(2020)'When the world shrinks: Chinese concepts of culture, identity and history in the early twentieth century'
Julia C. Schneider (2020) 'When the world shrinks: Chinese concepts of culture, identity and history in the early twentieth century'. Global Intellectual History, [Details]
(2011)'The Jin Revisited: New Assessment of Jurchen Emperors'
Julia Schneider (2011) 'The Jin Revisited: New Assessment of Jurchen Emperors'. Journal of Song-Yuan Studies, [Details]

Journal Volume Edited

 YearPublication
(2020)Irish Journal of Asian Studies. Special Issue Chinese Borders: Transcultural and Historical Perspectives.
Mario De Grandis, Gao Ming, Ho Sing Law, Meng Ren, Miaojun She, Suk Man Yip (2020) Irish Journal of Asian Studies. Special Issue Chinese Borders: Transcultural and Historical Perspectives. Journal Volume Edited   [Details]
(2012)Ethnicity and Sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on Non-Han Empires in China.
Julia Schneider, Francesca Fiaschetti and Angela Schottenhammer (2012) Ethnicity and Sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on Non-Han Empires in China. Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(2018)Manchu in Transregional History.
Julia C. Schneider and Katja Pessl (2018) Manchu in Transregional History. Journal Volume Edited [Details]
(2012)Ethnicity and Sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on Non-Han Empires in China.
Julia Schneider, Francesca Fiaschetti and Angela Schottenhammer (2012) Ethnicity and Sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on Non-Han Empires in China. Journal Volume Edited [Details]

Newspaper Articles

 YearPublication
(2020)Muttersprache verboten: Ein Erfahrungsbericht über die Behandlung von Minderheiten in der chinesischen Provinz Xinjiang.
Julia C. Schneider (2020) Muttersprache verboten: Ein Erfahrungsbericht über die Behandlung von Minderheiten in der chinesischen Provinz Xinjiang. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Serial (Book, Monograph)

 YearPublication
(2021)Everyday Life of the Baboos: Microhistories of Race, Class and Identity in Colonial Bengal.
Paromita Das Gupta (2021) Everyday Life of the Baboos: Microhistories of Race, Class and Identity in Colonial Bengal. Berlin: Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]
(2020)Against Anarchy: Political Alterity in Early Modernism (preliminary title).
Cord-Christian Casper (2020) Against Anarchy: Political Alterity in Early Modernism (preliminary title). Berlin: Serial (Book, Monograph) [Details]

Reviews

 YearPublication
(2018)Review of Changing Referents: Learning across Space and Time in China and the West. By Leigh Jenco.
Julia C. Schneider (2018) Review of Changing Referents: Learning across Space and Time in China and the West. By Leigh Jenco. Reviews [Details]
(2017)Review of Rethinking the Decline of China’s Qing Dynasty: Imperial Activism and Borderland Management at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century. By Daniel McMahon.
Julia C. Schneider (2017) Review of Rethinking the Decline of China’s Qing Dynasty: Imperial Activism and Borderland Management at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century. By Daniel McMahon. Reviews [Details]
(2016)Review of Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Individualism in Modern China: The Chenbao Fukan and the New Culture Era, 1918-1928. By Xiaoqun Xu.
Julia C. Schneider (2016) Review of Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Individualism in Modern China: The Chenbao Fukan and the New Culture Era, 1918-1928. By Xiaoqun Xu. Reviews [Details]

Congresses

 YearPublication
(2018)Introduction: Manchu in Transregional History: Diplomacy, Biographies, Textbooks.
Julia C. Schneider and Katja Pessl (2018) Introduction: Manchu in Transregional History: Diplomacy, Biographies, Textbooks. Congresses [Details]
(2011)Ethnicity and Sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on Non-Han Empires in China, Workshop Report.
Julia Schneider and Francesca Fiaschetti (2011) Ethnicity and Sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on Non-Han Empires in China, Workshop Report. Congresses [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2019Scholarship to finish the habilitation or “second book” University of Göttingen, Faculty of Humanities
2017Foundation Council Award in the category “Outstanding Publication of Young Scientists” Foundation Council, Göttingen University
2014Mentee of the support programme for female post-docs Faculty of Humanities, Göttingen University

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
German Association of Chinese Studies (DVCS) /
Centre for Theory of Culture and Society (ZTMK), University of Göttingen Elected member of the Board01-JUN-14 / 30-SEP-19
Graduate School of Humanities Göttingen (GSGG) Senior member01-OCT-17 / 30-SEP-19
Centre for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS), University of Göttingen Elected member of the Board01-DEC-14 / 30-SEP-19
Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) /
European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS) /
Network of Concerned Historians (NCH) /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2021)BIAPT Political Thought Virtual Conference,
Julia C. Schneider (2021) The Concept of Civilisation in Qing Censorship: The Qianlong Book Inquisition (1772–1788). [Oral Presentation], BIAPT Political Thought Virtual Conference, Online . [Details]
(2019)Paradigms of Change and Changing Paradigms in Chinese Philosophy,
Julia C. Schneider (2019) “Imperial Censorship of a Racist Discourse? The Qianlong Inquisition of Ming Books”. [Oral Presentation], Paradigms of Change and Changing Paradigms in Chinese Philosophy, 3rd Conference of the European Association of Chinese Philosophy, Gent . [Details]
(2018)The Relationship between the First Great War and China’s New Cultural Movement,
Julia C. Schneider (2018) “New history: the search for a Chinese national identity in the 1920s”. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Relationship between the First Great War and China’s New Cultural Movement, Shanghai University . [Details]
(2018)Visualising Asia: Deciphering 'Otherness' in Visual and Material Cultures,
Julia C. Schneider (2018) “An anti-racist campaign? Censorship in seventeenth century China”. [Oral Presentation], Visualising Asia: Deciphering 'Otherness' in Visual and Material Cultures, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London . [Details]
(2017)Conceptions of the World in Twentieth-Century Chinese Historiography,
Julia C. Schneider (2017) “Writing a general history of China (Zhongguo tongshi): thinking about ethnicity in early nationalist historiography”. [Invited Oral Presentation], Conceptions of the World in Twentieth-Century Chinese Historiography, Global and Transregional Studies Platform Göttingen, Göttingen University . [Details]
(2017)Anthony D. Smith & the Future of Nationalism: Ethnicity, Religion and Culture (27th ASEN annual conference),
Julia C. Schneider (2017) “Merging the civic with the ethnic nation: pre-modern and modern images of Chinese identity”. [Oral Presentation], Anthony D. Smith & the Future of Nationalism: Ethnicity, Religion and Culture (27th ASEN annual conference), Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), London School of Economics (LSE) . [Details]
(2016)New Religious Nationalism in Chinese Societies,
Julia C. Schneider (2016) “Sinicization as national mission: political strategy and historiographical theory”. [Invited Oral Presentation], New Religious Nationalism in Chinese Societies, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden University . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Temporal committee “Structure”, Faculty of Humanities, University of Göttingen Elected member2018 / 2019
Temporal committee “Promotion of civil servants”, Faculty of Humanities, University of Göttingen Elected member2016 / 2018
Appointment Committee for the Chair of Iranian Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Göttingen Elected member2015 / 2016
Temporal committee “Career paths into academia”, Faculty of Humanities, University of Göttingen Elected member2015 / 2016
Temporal committee “Plan for equal opportunities”, Faculty of Humanities, University of Göttingen Elected member2015 / 2015
Faculty Board, Faculty Board, University of Göttingen Elected member2015 / 2019

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer01-OCT-19 /
University of Göttingen Akademische Rätin (assistant professor)01-FEB-14 / 30-SEP-19
Ghent University Doctoral candidate01-MAY-09 / 30-APR-13
Ghent University Guest professor01-OCT-13 / 31-JAN-14

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2005University of Heidelberg Magistra artiumTitle of master thesis: “A Critique of the Sinicization Concept: A Case Study of the three Jin Emperors Hela, Digunai and Wulu (1135-1189)” (in German)
2013Ghent University and University of Göttingen (Cotutelle) PhDTitle of dissertation thesis: “Ethnicity and Sinicization: The Theory of Assimilative Power in the Making of the Chinese Nation-State (1900s-1920s)”

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Irish Journal Of Asian Studies Co-Editor-

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Chinese history, nationalism, ethnicity
empire studies, global history,
colonial history, postcolonial theory
Eurasian history
modules taught at UCC since 2019: 
CH1000 "An Introduction to Chinese Culture and Society"
CH1100 "Chinese Culture and Society - Level"
CH2009 "A Continuous Revolution - China in the 20th Century" (repl. by CH2010)
CH2010 "Wars and Revolutions - China in the 19th and 20th Century"
CH2020 "State-Society Relations and Economic Reform in China"
CH3304 "Ethnicity, Class and Gender in China"
CH6334 "Ethnicity, Class and Gender in China"
CH6308 "Postgraduate Research Skills"
AS1001 "Introduction to Modern Asia" (parts of the module)










Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2020S. Wu University College CorkMASTER OF ARTSDocumentary Text Translation from The Perspective of Functional Equivalence Theory: A Case Study of Emma Adams’s Unbreakable Threads: The true story of an Australian mother, a refugee boy and what it really means to be a family
2020Y. Lian University College CorkMASTER OF ARTSCommentary on the Contemporary Scientific and Technical English-Chinese Translation of Once Upon an Algorithm (How Stories Explain Computing) by Martin Erwig
2020W. Li University College CorkMASTER OF ARTSCommentary on the English-Chinese translation of First Term at Malory Towers
2017W. Yang University of GottingenMASTER OF ARTSInfluence of Institutionalization on Chinese Policy-making and Authoritarian Resilience: A Case Study of the One-child Policy
2018J. Zhao University of GottingenMASTER OF ARTSThe southward expansion of the Qing Empire: A case study of governance in Guizhou and Taiwan (17th and 18th centuries)
2018B. Braunschweig University of GottingenMASTER OF ARTSWhat influence did political measures have on the independence movement of the Uyghurs?
2016T. Odom University of GottingenMASTER OF ARTSWhose interest is public? Ordre Public and the good morals in Chinese contract law
2019Y. Stille University of GottingenMASTER OF ARTSUsing the Theory of Internal Colonialism to Analyse the Case of Yunnan

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2022Wars and Revolutions - China in the 19th and 20th Century CH2010Wars and Revolutions - China in the 19th and 20th Century
2022Ethnicity, Class and Gender in China CH3304Ethnicity, Class and Gender in China
2022Ethnicity, Class and Gender in China CH6334Ethnicity, Class and Gender in China

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External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Lena Henningsen Freiburg UniversityGERMANY
Bart Dessein (UGent), Leigh Jenco (LSE) and Ady van den Stock (UGent) Ghent University and LSEBELGIUM
Katja Pessl Centre for Modern East Asian StudiesGERMANY

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