Thorben Pelzer, M.A. 李雷雷

function: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter für Gesellschaft und Kultur des modernen Chinas
room: S 319
telephone: +49 (0) 341-97 37 158
email: thorben.pelzer [at]
office hours: Mittwochs, 10–11 Uhr (bitte per E-Mail anmelden)
research interests:

Transcultural circulation of political/professional/sexual/utopian concepts in the early modern era; ongoing PhD project at GSGAS concerning “Engineers in China as Engineers of China”

curriculum vitae:

2015–2017 M.A. East Asia Studies, Bochum
2011–2015 B.A. Sinology & Japanology, Bochum

2018 Invited visit to MIT, research at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Columbia archives (six weeks)
2018 Invited guest researcher, Renmin University, Beijing (one month)
2016–2017 Postgraduate, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei (one semester)
2014 Graduate, Tongji University, Shanghai (one semester)
2013–2014 Graduate, Osaka University, Japan (one semester)
2012 Graduate, Tongji University, Shanghai (summer school)

2017– Faculty member, Society and Culture of Modern China, Leipzig
2017 Freelance, German as a Second Language, Bochum
2015–2017 Research assistant, Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, Essen
2016 Full time internship, German Consulate General, Shanghai
2012–2013 Student assistant, Section for Chinese History & Philosophy, Bochum

2018–2019 Teaching project grant StiL LaborUni #8 (with M. Schatz)
2018 DAAD IPID4all overseas research grants for USA and London
2011–2017 Full Scholarship by the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung)


Winter terms: Models and Methods of Area Studies and Chinese Studies (03-SIN-0104)
Summer terms: Chinese Societies [after 1949] (03-SIN-0207)


Academic Talks
“Der frühe Technokrat Wáng Jǐngchūn (1882–1956) und sein Lobbyismus für die Yuè–Hàn-Eisenbahn [The Early Technocrat Wáng Jǐngchūn (1882–1956) and His Lobbyism for the Yuè–Hàn-Railway]“, DVCS. Berlin, 2018.
“The Transculture of China’s Engineers,” SFB Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition. Leipzig, 2017.
“The School of Natural Justice. Chinese Anarchists in Tokyo,” Initiative für Japanforschung. Leuven, 2017.
“Historising Power Architectures. Revisiting Japanese Nanshoku in the 20th Century,” The Third What is & How to Do LGBT History Conference. Manchester, 2016.
“Chungkuk LGBT hwaltongui kwakowa, hyonchae, chonmang [Past, Present, and Prospects of China's LGBT Project],” 2015 Asia Conference on LGBT. Double Exposure, to Change and Hate. Seoul, 2015.
“A Pride for Shanghai. Strategies of Adaption and Contextualization,” Queer East Asia Conference. Vienna, 2015.

Co-production, copy-editing, indexing, et cetera
Ann Heirman, Carmen Meinert, and Christoph Anderl, ed. Buddhist Encounters and Identities Across East Asia. Leiden: Brill, 2018.
Claus Leggewie, and Franz Mauelshagen, ed. Climate Change and Cultural Transition in Europe. Leiden: Brill, 2018.
Carmen Meinert, ed. Transfer of Buddhism Across Central Asian Networks (7th to 13th Centuries). Leiden: Brill, 2016.
Bernd Sommer, ed. Cultural Dynamics of Climate Change and the Environment in Northern America. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Press References
BeMinor (2015), City Weekend (2014/2015/2016), China Daily (2015), CNN (2016), Global Times (2016), Ildaro (2015), The News Lens (2016), The World of Chinese (2016), TimeOut Magazine (2014)