Julia Escher

Julia Escher, M.A.

Teaching and Research Assistant Chinese Studies

Phone: +41 44 634 31 84

Room number: ZUB 3-321

julia.escher@uzh.ch

 



Biography

2013 – 2016

MA in Traditional Sinology and East Asian Art History

University of Zurich

MA Thesis: Marriage alliances between Chinese dynasties and the Tuyuhun 吐谷渾 – a study based on the cases of five Chinese Princesses

2009 – 2013

BA in Traditional Sinology and East Asian Art History

University of Zurich

2010 – 2011

One-year language program on Chinese Government Scholarship

Zhejiang Shifan Daxue, China

2006 – 2009

BA in Translation

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Research Interests

  • Early Medieval China
  • Marital policies and strategies
  • Exchange with other cultures and political entities
  • Central Asian, Tibetan, Mongolian history
  • Archaeology, epitaphs, funerary art

Publications

Peer-reviewed

Julia Escher, “New Information on the Degree of “Sinicization” of the Tuyuhun Clan during Tang Times through Their Marriage Alliances: A Case Study Based on the Epitaphs of Two Chinese Princesses”. In: Journal of Asian History, 2019, 53 (1). 55-96.

Book reviews

Julia Escher, “Müller et al. Early Medieval North China: Archaeological and Textual Evidence.” In: Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques 2020, 74 (3). 743-752.

Julia Escher/Yves Trachsel, “Shimunek, Andrew. Languages of Ancient Southern Mongolia and North China – A Historical-Comparative Study of the Serbi or Xianbei Branch of the Serbi-Mongolic Language Family, with an Analysis of Northeastern Frontier Chinese and Old Tibetan Phonology”. In: Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques, 2018, 72 (4).1231-1234.

Conferences and Talks

31.05.2021, "Multipolarität im frühen chinesischen Mittelalter", Schweizerische Nachwuchstagung der Asien- und Orientwissenschaften. Universität Genf (online), 31.05.-01.06.2021

15.11.2019, “Decentering our Perspective on Marital Politics and Diplomacy in Early Medieval China (and Beyond)”, Workshop of the European Society for the Study of Early Medieval China. INALCO, Paris, 15.-16. Nov. 2019.

15.11.2018, “Rouran politics and marriage alliances in the early 5th century”, Workshop of the European Society for the Study of Early Medieval China. Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, 15.-16. Nov. 2018.

10.11.2017, “Some thoughts on «steppe vs. China»”, Workshop of the European Society for the Study of Early Medieval China. Charles University, Prague, 10.-11. Nov. 2017.

26.08.2017, “The Embroidered Chinese Garment at the Abegg-Stiftung – A New Insight into the Material and Visual Culture of Early China”, 2nd conference of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology. University of Zurich, 24.-27. Aug. 2017. [joint presentation with Caroline Vogt, Abegg-Stiftung]

26.08.2016, “Marriage alliances with the Tuyuhun”, 21st conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies. St.Petersburg, 23.-28.08.2016.

Memberships

  • European Association for Chinese Studies
  • European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology