Wolfgang Behr#


Wolfgang Behr
Membership Number:5333
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:SWITZERLAND
Section:LINGUISTIC STUDIES
Elected:2020
ORCID:0000-0001-6876-5163
Twitter:@behrwolf
Homepage: https://www.aoi.uzh.ch/en/sinologie/persons/professoren/behr.html




Present and Previous Positions
  • 2018 - date Dean of Research, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 9. - 11.2017 Visiting Professor & Distinguished Scholar in Residence, The Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, Hong Kong
  • 2015 - date Full Professor & Traditional China Chair, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2008 - 2015 “Extraordinarius” (Associate Professor) & Traditional China Chair, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 3.2005 - 6.2005 Research Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 1998 - 2008, “Akademischer Rat” (Reader), Chinese Philosophy and History Section, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • ­1.1998 - 11.1998 Research Fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 1991 - 1997 Institute of Sinology, Assistant Lecturer, J.W. Goethe-University, Frankfurt a.M., Germany

Fields of Scholarship
  • Old Chinese phonology, morphology, paleography
  • Sino-Tibetan comparative linguistics
  • External contacts of Old and Middle Chinese
  • Premodern Chinese dialectology and sociolinguistics
  • Comparative theory of complex non-alphabetic writing systems, notational iconicity
  • Historical semantics and conceptual history beyond “Standard Average European”
  • History and epistemological foundations of Chinese philology
  • Formal properties of Chinese poetic language and artifical prose
  • Relationships between Chinese etymology, material culture and archaeology
  • Sanskrit-Chinese translation & lexicography

Honours and Awards
  • 2020 Advisory Board, Old world. Journal of Ancient Africa and Eurasia (Beijing & Hong Kong)
  • 2017 Visiting Professor & Distinguished Scholar in Residence, The Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, Hong Kong (Sep.-Nov.)
  • 2016 Advisory Board, Journal of Asian History (Wiesbaden)
  • 2015 President, Swiss Asia Society
  • 2014 Wilson T.S. Wang New Method College Guest Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (April)
  • 2014 Visiting Research Fellow, Max-Plank-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany (May-June)
  • 2013 Advisory Board, Jao Tsung-i Bulletin (Hong Kong)
  • 2013 Advisory Board, Asian and African Studies (Bratislava)
  • 2010 Editorial Board, Worlds of East Asia (Berlin)
  • 2010 - 2016 Executive Board, European Association for Chinese Studies (also: Linguistics panel convenor 2004 - 2010)
  • 2009 Board of Directors, Li Fang-kuei Society for Chinese Linguistics
  • 2009 Advisory Board, T’oung Pao (Leiden)
  • 2005 Advisory Board, Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiqtuities (Stockholm)
  • 2005 Advisory and Editorial Board, Cahiers de Linguistique Asie-Orientale (Paris)
  • 2005 Research Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden (March - June)
  • 2005 Editorial Board, Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics (Leiden & Hong Kong)
  • 2005 - 2017 Advisory Board, Languages of Asia (London)
  • 2004 Founding Member: European Association for the Study of Chinese Manuscripts
  • 2003 - 2007 President: European Association of Chinese Linguistics (also, Secretary 2001 - 2003)
  • 1997 - 1999 Executive Board: International Association of Chinese Linguistics

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