Chinese Studies

Salome Foltin, M.A. 坲莎

Lecturer, Department of Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen

Academic Career

  • 2018 - Lecturer, Department of Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen
  • 2017 MA Sinology, Faculty of History, Art and Oriental Studies, University of Leipzig
  • 2014 BA Sinology and Ancient History (Greece and Rome), Faculty of History, Art and Oriental Studies, University of Leipzig

Research Focus
During her MA studies Salome Foltin explored various aspects of Chinese popular religion, focusing on fox spirits and the Youyinggong Miao 有應公廟, a temple dedicated to the belief in "wandering souls" (guhun xinyang 孤魂信仰) for which she conducted three months of field research in Taiwan. In her MA thesis, "The Man and the Fox Fairy (huli jing 狐狸精) – Stereotypes of Masculinity in He Bang'e's 和邦額 (1736–?) Collection of Short Stories Yetan suilu 夜譚隨錄", she elaborated on the socio-historical background of Chinese male stereotypes in the so-called zhiguai 志怪 literature, with fox fairy tales as an example.

Stone formation in the New Summer Palace (Yiheyuan 頤和園), Peking, own photo.

In her PhD project, provisional titled "Chinese Landscape Gardens in Germany during the Eighteenth Century: The Age of European Chinoiserie and the Fatal Metamorphosis of Chinese Culture", she uses a German case study to re-evaluate Craig Clunas’ approach, analyzing both material culture and embodied in garden design and theories of transculturalism and cultural hybridization.

Wen Zhengming's 文征明 (1470-1559) calligraphie on Sima Guang's 司馬光 (1019-1086) garden Duleyuan 獨樂園 from the Northern Song (960-1127).