Asian Studies

Joachim Gentz

Profile overview for Joachim Gentz

Prof Joachim Gentz

Chair of Chinese Philosophy and Religion, Head of Asian Studies

  • Chinese Studies
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Room 4.21
50 George Square

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  • 1986 UG study of Sinology, Religious Studies and Philosophy at the FU Berlin
  • 1988-1990 DAAD scholarship at Nanjing University
  • 1995 MA thesis at Heidelberg University
  • 1995-1998 member of the Graduate College "Religion and Normativity", PhD on "The Chunqiu exegesis of the Gongyang zhuan from its beginnings to Dong Zhongshu"
  • 1996 Research in Beijing
  • 1997 Monbusho scholarship at the Institute of Oriental Culture at Tokyo University
  • 1998 Guest Lecturer at the Institute for the History of China at the Ruhr University Bochum
  • 1999 "Ruprecht-Karls-Award" of Heidelberg University for PhD
  • 1999-2002 Assistant Professor at the Institute of Chinese Studies in Heidelberg
  • 2000 Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo
  • 2002-2006 Junior Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at Goettingen University
  • 2006-2008 Research Fellow on the interKULTUR (Asia Link) project at the Cultural Studies Programme at the University of Edinburgh and Visiting Lecturer at the Cultural Studies, Religious Studies and Chinese Studies Departments at Edinburgh University
  • 2008 William-James Visiting Professor at the University of Bayreuth
  • 2009 Reader for Chinese in the Chinese Studies Department of Edinburgh University
  • Since 2014 Chair of Chinese Philosophy and Religion in the Chinese Studies Department of Edinburgh University


  • European Association of Asian Studies (EACS) (since 1994)
  • Japanese Association for the Research on Excavated Chinese Texts ( Chûgoku shutsudo shiryô kenkyû 中國出土 資 料研究 ) Tokyo (since 1997)
  • Association of Asian Studies (AAS) (since 1999)
  • Editorial Board Zhongguo xueshu 中 國學術 ( China Scholarship ) (2001)
  • Arbeitskreis fuer Asiatische Religionsgeschichte (AKAR) ( since 2002)
  • Deutsche Vereinigung fuer Religionsgeschichte (DVRG) (since 2003)

Research Activity

Joachim's main research interests lie in the fields of Chinese philosophy and religions, text and commentary, ritual and divination, and theories of cultural and religious studies. Further interests include conceptions of space and body, Chinese histories of thought, and Chinese literary composition (artistic prose).

Research Leave

From Sept 2012 to August 2013 Joachim Gentz was on research leave at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (IKGF) in Erlangen.

International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (IKGF)


A full list of Joachim's publications can be found on the Edinburgh Research Explorer:

Edinburgh Research Explorer



List of talks given by Joachim Gentz


Collaborative working partnerships undertaken by Joachim Gentz

Conferences and Workshops

Conferences and workshops organised by Joachim Gentz


Panel participation by Joachim Gentz

Lecture Series

Lecture series given by Joachim Gentz


A summary of Joachim Gentz's teaching experience.