Prof. Dr. Andrea Riemenschnitter
Andrea Riemenschnitter is Chair Professor of Modern Chinese Language and Literature and Deputy Director of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich. She studied Music, Sinology, German Literature and Sociology in Munich, Bonn, Taipei and Goettingen. Awards include the title of Honorary Fellow at Lingnan University, Hong Kong as well as visiting (senior) fellowships at ARI NU Singapore, UC Berkeley, Beijing Normal University, Shanghai Fudan University, Tsing Hua University Beijing, and IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies, Vienna. She has published extensively on Ming/Qing travel literature as well as modern and contemporary Chinese/Sinophone literature, theatre and film, focusing on aesthetic negotiations, socio-historical issues, and theoretical discourses and debates. Covering a broad range of subject matter and materials, she currently works on literature, theatre and visual media tackling nature and the environment, landscape aesthetics, and regionalist narratives addressing questions of place, memory, and subjectivity. Furthermore, she leads a research group studying Hong Kong culture in the context of post-/colonial community-building.
Andrea Riemenschnitter, with Zhuang Yue (eds.), Entangled Landscapes. Exchanges between Early Modern China and Europe, Singapore: NUS Press, in Press.
Andrea Riemenschnitter, with Jessica Imbach and Justyna Jaguscik (eds.), Special Issue: Recognizing Ghosts, Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese 12, no. 1, 2014.
Andrea Riemenschnitter, “Staging Local History Between Empires: Shandong Boxer Resistance as Maoqiang Opera,” in: Broken Narratives. Post-Cold War History and Identity in Europe and Asia, ed. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Leiden: Brill 2014, 165-189.
Andrea Riemenschnitter, Karneval der Götter. Mythologie, Moderne und Nation in Chinas 20. Jahrhundert, Reihe Welten Ostasiens, Bern: Peter Lang, 2011.
Andrea Riemenschnitter, “Traces of Jingju: Staging Disappearance, Crossing Global Multiculturalism.” On Stage. The Art of Beijing Opera. Museum der Kulturen (ed.), Basel 2011: 181-193.
Landscape Fever. Contemporary Chinese Aesthetics and the Environment
Landscape Fever aims at analysing a selection of cultural interventions tackling China's environmental degradation and contributing to an emergent trans- and interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities. Addressing the critique, hopes, and anxieties of concerned intellectuals and cultural producers in China, the book will study pertinent aesthetic representations and contextualize them with pressing historical, social, political, and ethical issues that both question and supplement the Chinese state's current project of environmental modernization. Situated in the larger framework of an emergent trans- and interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities, it aims at contributing to the broadening and transculturalization of a common conceptual vocabulary, that was so far mostly derived from western contexts. The questions to be tackled in the course of the project arise from a paradigm shift in the perception of human-nonhuman relationships in view of degraded environments. It will be asked how landscape under the circumstances of the current environmental crisis is perceived, experienced, and recontextualized. Given the fact that the aggravating planetary effects of our era of the Anthropocene are irreversible, it will be asked how societies in and beyond China are perceived to cope with disasters, degradation and impending resource scarcity. Humanistic scholarship, it will be argued, is necessary for a comprehensive understanding and new perspectives – including the integration of hitherto marginalized ideas into the agenda of societies, policy makers and other stakeholders.