Dr Michael Höckelmann
Michael focuses on the intellectual and institutional history of mid-imperial China, in particular the Tang Dynasty (618–907). He is interested in (among other things) how ideas and thoughts permeate institutions and how social and political institutions impact on the ways in which people think. As a Research Fellow with PAIXUE, he is writing a monograph on the use of classical/classicising learning in discussions of institutional changes during the eighth through tenth centuries. Together with Niels Gaul, one of PAIXUE's principal investigators, he is also co-authoring an article on culturally productive emperors in China and Byzantium. Michael obtained his MA (2009) and PhD (2013) from the University of Münster, Germany, after which he spent a few years as a postdoctoral researcher in Kyoto, London and Cambridge, and taught at Hong Kong Baptist University. Before joining PAIXUE, he was a Lecturer in East Asian History at the University of Manchester.