Ph.D. Anna Andreeva (Lehrstuhlvertretung)

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
Sektion Geschichte Japans (AKAFÖ Haus 2.19)
Universitätsstr. 134
44780 Bochum

Tel: +49-234-32-28256
Fax: +49-234-32-14693

Anna Andreeva

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2007 She earned her PhD at University of Cambridge
Since then has worked as a postdoctoral and research fellow at Harvard, Cambridge, the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, and Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at the University of Heidelberg.
2016 she has been a visiting research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG, Berlin), where she has participated in the project “Accounting for Uncertainty: Prediction and Planning in Asia’s History,” conducted jointly with The International Consortium for Research in the Humanities “Fate, Freedom, and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe” at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (IKGF).
During the winter semester 2016–2017 at Bochum, Anna Andreeva is an interim chair of Japanese history (Lehrstuhlvertretungsprofessorin Geschichte Japans). She is lecturing on pre-1900 Japanese history and teaching seminars on women’s history and primary historical sources


  • History of childbirth and women’s health in medieval Japan
  • Impact of Buddhist concepts on East Asian medicine and production of knowledge
  • Buddhist temple networks and economics in pre-modern Japan, and more broadly, in the maritime region including Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Taiwan, and China


  • Childbirth and Women’s Healthcare Across Cultures” (Dynamis 34/2, 2014)
  • Volume of essays, entitled Transforming the Void: Embryological Discourse and Reproductive Imagery in East Asian Religions (Brill, 2016)
  • Monograph Assembling Shinto: Buddhist Approaches to Kami Worship in Medieval Japan will be published by Harvard Asia Center shortly in early 2017
  • Andreeva’s second book project focuses on the cultural history of childbirth and women’s health in medieval Japan and, more broadly, the impact of Buddhist concepts on East Asian medicine and production of knowledge