Alumni

Marten Söderblom Saarela

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Jul 2022-Aug 2022)

I am a historian of late imperial China with an interest in the cultural and intellectual history of language. I currently work as an associate research fellow at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. In 2015–2018, I was a postdoc at the MPIWG. I returned as a visitor in July–August 2022. My book The Early Modern Travels of Manchu: A Script and Its Study in East Asia and Europe (2020) was based on my dissertation and research carried out during my time in Berlin. I continue to work on the roles played by the Manchu language in the Qing empire.

Projects

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Development of Phonology as a Field of Study in Late Imperial China, 1500–1900

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Language and Governance in Qing Inner Asia

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Manchu and the Study of Language in China

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Thinking in Many Tongues

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Selected Publications

Söderblom Saarela, Mårten (2020). “Manchu, Mandarin, and the Politicization of Spoken Language in Qing China.” In Language Diversity in the Sinophone World: Historical Trajectories, Language Planning, and Multilingual Practices, ed. H. Klöter and M…

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Söderblom Saarela, Mårten (2020). “Joshua Marshman and the Study of Spoken Chinese.” T’oung-pao 106 (3–4): 401–457. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685322-10634P05.

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Söderblom Saarela, Mårten (2020). “Linguistic Compartmentalization and the Palace Memorial System in the Eighteenth Century.” Late Imperial China 41 (2): 131–179. https://doi.org/10.1353/late.2020.0007.

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Söderblom Saarela, Mårten (2020). The Early Modern Travels of Manchu: A Script and its Study in East Asia and Europe. Encounters with Asia. . Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Past Events

Reading Group

Thinking in Many Tongues: Lexicography

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Reading Group

Thinking in Many Tongues: Etymology in Pre-Modern Traditions

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Colloquium

The European Invention of the Manchu Alphabet

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