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Dr. Johannes L. Kurz Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Dr. Johannes L. Kurz

Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences johannes.kurz@ubd.edu.bn


ABOUT ME

I began my university life as a student in the subjects of English Studies, Classical Chinese Studies and Indian Economic History. After an excursion of the whole department of Chinese Studies from the University of Heidelberg to China for a six week language program (1982), I dropped all but Classical Chinese Studies. Since regulations required me to pursue two minor subjects, I settled on Modern Chinese Studies and History of Far Eastern Arts. After a study abroad year In Shanghai (1984-85), I received my MA in 1986. From 1986 to 1995, I worked intermittently as a student assistant librarian, tutor, and part-time lecturer in the Department of the History of Far Eastern Art and in the Department of Chinese Studies in Heidelberg. While studying for the Dr. phil. degree, I was awarded an ERASMUS grant from the EU and spend the academic year 1989/90 at the University of Leiden. From 1992-93 I was a recipient of a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation's (Taiwan) doctoral fellowship and completed my dissertation in 1993. My doctoral supervisors were Prof. Dr. Rudolf G. Wagner and Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose. From 1995 to 1998 I worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Chinese Studies in Kiel, Germany. In 2003 I received my 'Habilitation' in Chinese Studies from the University of Kiel. Employed since 1998 in UBD I am mainly teaching courses on East Asian History, but am also responsible for modules on World Civilizations, European and US History.

Recipient of research grant by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (1992-93).

From 1989 to 1990 Leiden University. Funded by ERASMUS scholar mobility program. Supervised by Dr. Harriet Zurndorfer.

1984-85 Shanghai Foreign Languages Institute.

EDUCATION

MA Classical Chinese Studies, Modern Chinese Studies and History of Far Eastern Arts. University of Heidelberg, Germany. 1986
Dr. phil. Classical Chinese Studies, Modern Chinese Studies and History of Far Eastern Arts. University of Heidelberg, Germany. 1993
Dr. phil. habil. Chinese Studies. University of Kiel, Germany. 2003

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Chinese Historiography
Chinese History Tang to Ming (618-1644)
Intellectual History Tang/Song (618-1279)
Pre-modern Chinese Sources and Southeast Asian History
South China Sea in Chinese texts
Modern university management vs the preservation of core scholarly values

9

Scopus Publications

105

Google Scholar Citations

6

Google Scholar h-index

2

Google Scholar i10-index


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

2016 “A Note on the Tombstone of Master Pu in Brunei and the Xishan zazhi”, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde 172.4: 510-537. SCOPUS INDEXED

2016 "On the Unification Plans of the Southern Tang Dynasty", Journal of Asian History 50.1: 23-45. SCOPUS INDEXED

2016 "Taiping yulan", in Early Medieval China Handbook, edited by A. Dien. K. Knapp and C. Chennault, pp. 342-346. Stanford, Stanford University Press.

2015 “Traditional Historiography”, in Oxford Bibliographies in “Chinese Studies”, edited by Tim Wright. New York, Oxford University Press. September 30, 2015. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/chinese-studies.

2015 “Two Early Ming Texts on Borneo”, Ming Studies 70: 60-72. SCOPUS INDEXED


TOP PUBLICATIONS

2014 “On the Southern Tang Imperial Genealogy”, Journal of the American Oriental Society 134.4: 601-620. SCOPUS INDEXED

“The Rebellion of Zhang Yuxian, 942-943”, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 77.3: 523-545. SCOPUS INDEXED

2013 “Pre-modern Chinese Sources in the National History of Brunei: The Case of Poli”, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde. 169.2-3: 213-243. SCOPUS INDEXED

2012 “The Consolidation of Official Historiography during the Early Northern Song Dynasty”, Journal of Asian History 46.1: 13-35. SCOPUS INDEXED

2001 “The Politics of Collecting Knowledge: The Compilations Project of Song Taizong”, T’oung Pao 87.1: 289-316. SCOPUS JOURNAL


RESEARCH OUTPUTS (PATENTS, SOFTWARE, PUBLICATIONS, PRODUCTS)

Books

2011 China’s Southern Tang Dynasty (937-976). New York/London, Routledge. SCOPUS INDEXED
2003 Das Kompilationsprojekt Song Taizongs (reg. 976-997). Bern, Peter Lang, 2003.
1996 “Die ‘Clique’ in der Song-Geschichtsschreibung über die Südliche Tang” (The ‘Faction’ in Song Historical Writings on the Southern Tang), Ph. D. dissertation, Heidelberg, 19951993. Ann Arbor, UMI.

Book chapters

2016 "Chu", "Five Dynasties", Southern Tang", "Tang-Song Transition", "Wu", in Encyclopedia of Chinese History, edited by Michael Dillon, pp. 121, 209-211, 648-649, 682-683, 758. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Routledge.
2016 "Taiping yulan", in Early Medieval China Handbook, edited by A. Dien. K. Knapp and C. Chennault, pp. 342-346. Stanford, Stanford University Press.
2015 “Traditional Historiography”, in Oxford Bibliographies in “Chinese Studies”, edited by Tim Wright. New York, Oxford University Press. September 30, 2015. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/chinese-studies.
2011 “Han Xizai (902-970): An Eccentric Life in Exciting Times”, in Peter Lorge (ed.), Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (Hong Kong), 79-98.
2009 “Biographical Writing in Tenth Century China”, in Susanne Enderwitz and Wolfgang Schamoni (eds), Biographie als Weltliteratur (Biography as World Literature) (Heidelberg), 135-151.
2002 “Problematische Zeiten: Die Fünf Dynastien und Zehn Staaten in Chinas 10. Jahrhundert” (Problematic Times: The Five Dynasties and Ten States in China’s Tenth Century), in Sven Sellmer and Horst Brinkhaus (eds.), Zeitenwenden: Historische Brüche in asiatischen und afrikanischen Gesellschaften (Hamburg), 273-290.
1999 “Geschichtsverwaltung in der VR China” (The Administration of History in Mainland China), in S. Conermann (ed.), Mythen, Geschichte(n), Identitäten: Der Kampf um die Vergangenheit (Hamburg), 175-190.
1997 “The Yangzi in the Negotiations between the Southern Tang and Its Northern Neighbors (mid 10th cent.)”, in Roderich Ptak and Sabine Dabringhaus (eds.), China and Her Neighbors: Borders, Visions of the Other, Foreign Policy 10th to 19th Centuries (Wiesbaden), 29-48.
“Die Yuan-Dynastie der Mongolen (1279-1368) in China: Historische Ausgangslage, Verwaltung und ethnisches Verhältnis” (The Yuan Dynasty of the Mongols 1279-1368 in China: Historical Conditions, Administration and Ethnic Relations), in S. Conermann und J. Kusber (eds.), Die Mongolen in Asien und Europa (Frankfurt), 161-177.

Papers (refereed)

2016 “A Note on the Tombstone of Master Pu in Brunei and the Xishan zazhi”, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde 172.4: 510-537. SCOPUS INDEXED
2016 "On the Unification Plans of the Southern Tang Dynasty", Journal of Asian History 50.1: 23-45. SCOPUS INDEXED
2015 “Two Early Ming Texts on Borneo”, Ming Studies 70: 60-72. SCOPUS INDEXED
2014 “On the Southern Tang Imperial Genealogy”, Journal of the American Oriental Society 134.4: 601-620. SCOPUS INDEXED
2014 “The Rebellion of Zhang Yuxian, 942-943”, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 77.3: 523-545. SCOPUS INDEXED
2014 “Boni in Chinese Sources from the Tenth to the Eighteenth Century”, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies 10.1: 1-32. SCOPUS INDEXED
2013 “Pre-modern Chinese Sources in the National History of Brunei: The Case of Poli”, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde. 169.2-3: 213-243.SCOPUS INDEXED
2012 “The Consolidation of Official Historiography during the Early Northern Song Dynasty”, Journal of Asian History 46.1: 13-35. SCOPUS INDEXED
2007 “The Compilation and Publication of the Taiping yulan and the Cefu yuangui”, in Florence Bretelle-Establet and Karine Chemla (eds.), Qu’est-ce qu’écrire une encyclopédie en Chine?. Extreme Orient-Extreme Occident Hors série, 39-76.
2003 “A Survey of the Historical Sources for the Five Dynasties and Ten States in Song Times”, Journal of Song Yuan Studies 33: 187-224. SCOPUS JOURNAL
2001 “The Politics of Collecting Knowledge: The Compilations Project of Song Taizong”, T’oung Pao 87.1: 289-316. SCOPUS JOURNAL
2001 “A New Translation of the Entry on Boni in the Official History of the Song”, Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal vol. 2, no.1-2: 31-36.
1998 “The Invention of the Faction in Song Historical Writings on the Southern Tang”, Journal of Sung Yuan Studies 28: 1-35. SCOPUS JOURNAL
1994 “Sources for the History of the Southern Tang (937-975)”, Journal of Sung Yüan Studies 24: 217-235. SCOPUS JOURNAL

Papers (non-refereed)

2015 “Remarks on Marie-Sybille de Vienne, From the Age of Commerce to the 21st Century” (Singapore: NUS Press, 2015. Accessible under https://ubd.academia.edu/johanneskurz.
2011 “Boni in Chinese Sources: Translations of Relevant Texts from the Song to the Qing Dynasties”, Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre Working Paper Series No. 4, accessible under http://nsc.iseas.edu.sg/documents/working_papers/ncswps004.pdf.
2006/07 “A Note on the Dates for the Revelation of the Correct Rites of the Celestial Heart Tianxin zhengfa”, in Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal 7.1: 105-112.
2006 “Boni in Chinese Sources: Translations of Relevant Texts from the Song to the Qing Dynasties”, paper accessible under http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/article_view.asp?id=172.
2001 “Empereur à la surprise: The Making of Song Taizu”, paper accessible under http://sun.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/birthdaypic.htm.


Reviews

2015 Richard L. Davis, From Warhorse to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2014), Journal of Chinese Studies 61: 353-364.
2014 Glen Dudbridge, A Portrait of Five Dynasties China: From the Memoirs of Wang Renyu (880-956) (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013), Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 77.1: 252-254. SCOPUS JOURNAL
2005 Herbert Franke, Krieg und Krieger im chinesischen Mittelalter (12. bis 14. Jahrhundert) (Stuttgart, Franz Steiner, 2003), in T’oung Pao 91.1-3: 226-232. SCOPUS JOURNAL
2001 Jürgen Ritter, Sima Guangs Zizhi tongjian und seine Rezeption in Taiwan (Frankfurt: Lang, 2000), in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie 19.
2000 Jan A. M. de Meyer, “Mountainhopping: The Life of Wu Yun”, T’ang Studies 17 (1999), in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie 18.

Work in progress

“The Imperial Library of the Northern Song: A Complete Translation of the Lintai gushi by Cheng Ju (1078-1144) with Annotations and Commentary”. Proposed length of MS 250-300pp.
“On Some Discrepancies in the New Early History of Singapore”. Proposed length of MS 35-40pp.


CONSULTANCY

Reviewer of papers and books for publication by:

Oxford University Press
Journal of Song-Yuan Studies (SCOPUS JOURNAL)
T'oung Pao (SCOPUS JOURNAL)
Journal of Asian History (SCOPUS JOURNAL)
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SCOPUS JOURNAL)


INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Has industry experience


SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, or ACADEMIC BENEFITS

Helped establish Ten States history as field of inquiry and am modestly, but regularly cited. Presently (March 2017) 85 citations and h-index 6 on google scholar; 10 citations and h-index 2 on SCOPUS (9 SCOPUS publications).


Scopus Publications

Total Publications: 9



1. On the unification plans of the southern tang dynasty, Journal of Asian History

2. A Note on the Tombstone of Master Pu and the Xishan Zazhi, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde

3. On the Southern Tang imperial genealogy, Journal of the American Oriental Society

4. Two early Ming texts on Borneo, Ming Studies

5. The rebellion of Zhang Yuxian (942-943), Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

6. Boni in Chinese sources from the tenth to the eighteenth century, International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies

7. Pre-modern Chinese sources in the national history of Brunei: The case of Poli, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde

8. The consolidation of official historiography during the early northern song dynasty, Journal of Asian History

9. China’s Southern tang dynasty, 937-976, China's Southern Tang Dynasty 937-976