Christian Uhl has studied Japanese Studies (first major) and Chinese Studies (second major) at the University of Frankfurt am Main and the University of Heidelberg (both Germany), The Nihon University (at Mishima, Japan) and the Shanghai waiguoyu daxue (China). He holds an MA (magister artium, highest distinction), and a PhD (Dr. phil., summa cum laude) from the Ruprecht Karls University (Heidelberg). For his PhD he was awarded the JaDe-award of the year 2003. He was a post-doc at the University of Leiden (Netherlands) from 2003 to 2006, and subsequently a fulltime lecturer at the same institution before he eventually was appointed in 2007 as a professor for Japanese studies at Ghent University. Uhl received his tenure at Ghent University in 2010.
Uhl has taught at Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Leiden and Ghent courses in philosophy, intellectual history, history of political ideas, history of Japanese literature, general history of Japan and China, methodology, theory, modern and classical Japanese language, classical Chinese, Kanbun no kundoku, and a couple of more specialized courses and seminars.
Uhl's research focuses on themes in intellectual history and philosophy in Japan and China, from 2006 increasingly from a Marxian perspective. Every now and then, however, Uhl also publishes on general issues in theory and on themes not related to Japan, or China.
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