Professor of Sinology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main
Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:2017–2020 (Goethe-Fellow)
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»Chinese and European History of Economic Thought in Comparison« (together with Bertram Schefold)
Economic history emphasises the importance of scientific knowledge for the explanation of success in economic development. By contrast, the relevance of economic knowledge for the creation of institutions and policies favourable to growth receives much less attention. The project shall investigate this problematic and confront Chinese and European experiences, going in steps from the present back to Antiquity. We are interested in the comparison of both strands of thought, because we believe that they might help to explain the divergence of Chinese and European paths in the 18th century; they express the development of culturally characteristic conceptual frameworks that remain relevant for the understanding of the Chinese and European economies in their specific contexts. Even though modern liberalism and the emergence of Chinese Marxism appear to have rendered traditional economic thought irrelevant, a closer examination reveals that it offers intellectual resources, which are tapped consciously or unconsciously, and it thus continues to play an important role up to today. (Iwo Amelung)
Scholarly profile of Iwo Amelung Iwo Amelung received his doctoral degree in sinology from the FU Berlin in 1999 and completed his habilitation in the same field at Erlangen University in 2005. He has been a professor of sinology at Goethe University since 2005. His research interests focus on the administrative history of China in the 19th century as well as on academic history and the history of knowledge in China during the late Qing dynasty and the early years of the Republic. He has been the coordinator of the Frankfurt collaborative research center »Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes« since January 2017 and is also the deputy executive director of the Interdisciplinary Center for East Asian Studies (IZO) at Goethe University.
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- Kritische Verhältnisse: Die Rezeption der Frankfurter Schule in China, hg. mit A. Dippner, Frankfurt/Main, Campus 2009.
- Der Gelbe Fluß in Shandong (1851–1911). Überschwemmungskatastrophen und ihre Bewältigung im China der späten Qing-Zeit, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2000.