Christoph Harbsmeier

Senior Adviser, Bernhard Karlgren Programme, SCAS.
Professor of Chinese, University of Oslo.
Adjunct Professor of Chinese, Peking University

Christoph Harbsmeier studied Chinese at Merton College, University of Oxford. In 1981, he received his
Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen. In addition to his position as Professor of Chinese at the
University of Oslo, he serves as Adjunct Professor of Chinese at Peking University; Fudan University,
Shanghai; Shanghai Normal University; East China Normal University, Shanghai; Wuhan University;
Xinjiang University, Urumqi; and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou. In recent years, he has also been
Visiting Professor at Charles University, Prague; Princeton University; the University of Oxford; the
University of California, Berkeley; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; the Chinese University of
Hong Kong; and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris. Harbsmeier has been
Visiting Fellow at SCAS on several occasions, the first of which was in 2004–05. He has also been
Hu Shi Lecturer in the Humanities at Peking University.

Harbsmeier directs the project ‘Thesaurus Linguae Sericae: A Historical and Comparative Encyclopaedia
of Chinese Conceptual Schemes’ (TLS). The project, in which SCAS is involved, aims at exploring the
concepts of the Chinese language and is implemented as an interactive database whose contributors hail
from many countries, East and West. In 2005, Harbsmeier was awarded the University of Oslo Prize for
Outstanding Research, and in 2009, he received the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. His books
include Wilhelm von Humboldts Brief an Abel-Remusat und die philosophische Grammatik des
(1979), Aspects of Classical Chinese Syntax (1981) and ‘Language and Logic in Traditional
China’, volume 7.1, in Science and Civilisation in China (ed. J. Needham, 1998). On modern art history
he has written The Cartoonist Feng Zikai: Social Realism with a Buddhist Face (1984).

Harbsmeier is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2014-15.