Chun Xu

Postdoctoral Fellow (Nov 2018-Aug 2023)

PhD candidate, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg University

Xu, Chun 徐淳 holds an MA in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and received his PhD from Heidelberg University in 2018 with a dissertation on the cultural politics of water control in Yunnan under the Ming dynasty. His research interests include environmental thought in traditional China and the history of frontiers. In 2015, he designed and taught a seminar course "Cultures and Politics of Water: A Global History" at the University of Chicago.

As a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, he is working on a project that examines the political epistemology of water control in imperial China, tracing the emergence of the Chinese term shuili 水利 as both a political concept and a branch of statecraft-oriented scholarship.


Reaping the Benefits of Water: The Political Epistemologies of Water in Imperial China


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