Martin Kern

Joanna and Greg Zeluck ’84 P13 P18 Professorship in Asian Studies
Chair, Department of East Asian Studies
On leave 2018-2019
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  • Ph.D. in Sinology, Cologne University (Germany)
  • M.A. in Sinology, Cologne University (Germany)

Martin Kern, Professor of East Asian Studies, received his M.A. (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) in Sinology from Cologne University, Germany. A specialist in classical Chinese literature, his research interests cut broadly across the fields of literature, philology, history, religion, and art in ancient and medieval China. His recent publications have focused on the performance of poetry in political and religious ritual; on the formation of ancient and medieval Chinese cultural memory and identity; on questions of writing and orality, especially in light of newly excavated manuscripts and inscriptions; and on ancient Chinese literary aesthetics and hermeneutic practices. His publications include The Stele Inscriptions of Ch’in Shih-huang (2000), The Hymns of the Chinese State Sacrifices (1997, in German) and the edited volume Text and Ritual in Early China (2005). He is currently completing a monograph Poetry, Performance, and Cultural Memory in Early China and preparing a collection of his essays in Chinese.