Dr. Henrike Rudolph
I am a postdoctoral researcher at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg working on the political history of twentieth-century China. In my dissertation on the Sino-German exchange in the field of vocational education during the Republican Period, I already crossed disciplinary boundaries linking diplomatic, social, educational history, and the history of science. Likewise, my new project is located at the intersection of political and social history and combines the hermeneutical study of Chinese archival sources with theories and digital methods from the field of social network analysis.
I study sinology and economics in Erlangen. During my exchange semester in Hangzhou, my fascination with Chinese culture, Chinese language, and traditions grew further. Currently, I explore the international impact of China’s economic development and the re-emergence of Communist thought under Xi Jinping.
Additionally, I am interested in old Chinese traditions such as tea culture and its influence on the Chinese nation, the lotus feet, and the role of Chinese women in ancient society.