My main research interest is the study of Medieval Chinese, as reflected in Buddhist texts (early vernacular Chinese; Buddhist Hybrid Chinese), including syntax, semantics, and rhetorical devices. The focus is currently on semi-vernacular texts among the Dūnhuáng manuscript material.
During recent years, research has also focused on Buddhist iconography in Central Asia and China, studying mechanisms of text-image relations in Buddhist narratives.
Other interests: Chan/Zen Buddhism; Classical/Literary Chinese (syntax); Asian history of religion; Buddhist medieval lexicography; Digital Humanities; palaeography (Dūnhuáng manuscripts); Chinese historical phonology
Since Feb. 2015: Professor, Chinese Language and Culture, Ghent University
Marie Curie Pegasus Fellowship, Ghent Univ. (April 2014-January 2015)
Visiting Research Fellow, KHK, Ruhr Univ. Bochum (Aug.2013-March 2014)
Research Fellow, Ruhr Univ. Bochum (2010-2013)
Guest Professor for East Asian Linguistics, Ghent Univ. (2010-2013)
Senior Research Fellow, IKOS, Oslo Univ. (2007-2010)
Associate Professor, IKOS, Oslo Univ. (Jan.-June 2008)
Guest researcher, Kyoto Univ. (March-June 2008)
Senior lecturer, IKOS, Oslo Univ. (Jan.-June 2007)
Research assistant, seminar lecturer, IKOS, Oslo Univ. (Sept.-Nov. 2006)
Restorer/Consultant, Norwegian Inst. of Palaeography and Historical Philology (Feb.2006-Dec.2007)
Consultant, Hermes Academic Publishing, Oslo (May 2006-Dec.2007)
Research Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala (Sept.2004-June 2005)
Doctoral Research Fellow/Lecturer, IKOS, Oslo Univ. (2000-2004)
Lecturer, IØO, Univ. of Oslo (1999)
Research assistant/Lecturer, IØO, Univ. of Oslo (1997-1998)
"Dynamics of Text Corpora and Image Programs: Representations of Buddhist Narratives along the Silk Route" (MERCATOR/CERES, Ruhr Univ. Bochum):
"Zen Thought, Literature, Language and Rhetoric in a Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspective" (IKOS, Univ. of Oslo)
Main organizer of the Doctoral School "Sino-Tibetan Languages: Research Methodologies and Approaches to Linguistic Field Studies and LanguageDocumentation among Tibeto-Burman Speaking Minorities in China"; Ghent Univ. (online); Oct. 26-30, 2020.
Main organizer and co-instructor of the Doctoral School "Chinese Writing and Lexicography in Medieval China"; Ghent University; Oct. 8-12, 2018.
"Some Reflections on the Use and Distribution of Interrogative Pronouns in Medieval Chinese, With a Focus on Rhetorical Questions." Conference paper; Workshop, 9th International Symposium on Ancient Chinese Grammar (ISACG-9), Berlin, 29. July – 1. Aug., 2016.