Dr. Paul Fahr

Deputy Director, Department of Chinese Language and Literature

Contact

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
Sektion Sprache und Literatur Chinas
44780 Bochum, Germany

Office: Universitätsstraße 134, Room 3.15
Phone: +49 234 32-22993
Fax: +49 234 32-14265
Email:

Consultation hour

Ordinarily Mondays, 1–3 p.m. (please make an appointment)

Short biography

2009–2012 Undergraduate education in Sinology and Philosophy, University of Hamburg and University of Münster. 2012–2013 Mandarin Training Program at the Nankai University in Tianjin, People's Republic of China. 2013–2016 M.A. studies in Classical Sinology, University of Münster. 2016–2020 Doctoral candidate in the Sub-Project "Securing Sovereignty through Consensus: the Institutionalization of Criticism in China from Antiquity to the Early Imperial Era" of the Collaborative Research Centre 1167, "Power and Rulership – premodern configurations in a transcultural perspective" (details in German only), at the University of Bonn.

Research focus

  • Concept of rule and critique of rulers in the early Chinese Empire
  • Concepts of institution, precedence, and text in the early Chinese Empire
  • Ancient Chinese historiography

Selected publications

  • "On the Meaning of shi 事 in Han Historiography." In: T'oung Pao 107.1–2 (2021), 189–196 (in print).
  • Remonstration als Institution. Ein Beitrag zum Herrschaftsverständnis im frühen chinesischen Kaiserreich [Remonstrance as an Institution: On the Concept of Rule in the Early Chinese Empire]. (Veröffentlichungen des Ostasieninstituts der Ruhr-Universität Bochum 71). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2021.
  • "Remonstrating under Difficult Circumstances: The Case of Wang Jia in Hanshu, Chapter 86". In: Thomas Crone and Christian Schwermann (eds.): The History of Remonstrance in China: From the Beginnings to the Medieval Period. (Macht und Herrschaft). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Bonn University Press (in print).
  • "Den Kaiser herausfordern? Die Herrschaft Wang Mangs vor dem Hintergrund der Thronfolge der Westlichen Han" [Challenging the Emperor? Wang Mangs Rise to Power and the Rule of Succession during the Western Han Dynasty]. In: Tilmann Trausch (ed.): Norm, Normabweichung und Praxis des Herrschaftsübergangs in transkultureller Perspektive [Norm, Exception to, and Practice of the Transfer of Power from a Transcultural Perspective]. (Macht und Herrschaft). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Bonn University Press, 2019, 263–290.
  • With Linda Dohmen and Tilmann Trausch: "Regieren im Konsens? Vormoderne politische Entscheidungsprozesse in transkultureller Perspektive" [Consensual Rule? Premodern Decision-making from a Transcultural Perspective]. In: Linda Dohmen and Tilmann Trausch (eds.): Entscheiden und Regieren. Konsens als Element politischer Entscheidungsfindung [To Decide and Govern: Consent as an Element of Pre-Modern Decision-Making from a Transcultural Perspectiveg]. (Macht und Herrschaft; 9). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Bonn University Press, 2019, 11–56.
  • With Christian Schwermann: "'Konsensuale Herrschaft' im alten China. Eine begriffsgeschichtliche Annäherung" ['Rule by Consensus' in Early China: A Conceptual Approach]. In: Linda Dohmen and Tilmann Trausch (eds.): Entscheiden und Regieren. Konsens als Element politischer Entscheidungsfindung [To Decide and Govern: Consent as an Element of Pre-Modern Decision-Making from a Transcultural Perspectiveg]. (Macht und Herrschaft; 9). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Bonn University Press, 2019, 177–196.