Mathieu Torck (Ph.D, 2006) is teaching and research assistant in the Department of Languages and Cultures (Chinese Studies) at Ghent University, Belgium. He deals with socio-anthropological themes in maritime, military, medical, nutritional and food history from Song through Qing times. He has written an extensive cross-cultural study on the history of scurvy in East Asia (Avoiding the Dire Straits) and co-authored a book on material culture in Buddhist monasteries of India and China together with Ann Heirman (A Pure Mind in a Clean Body). He is particularly interested in military and naval history of pre-modern China and in the cross-cultural transfer of knowledge in East Asian, Eurasian and global contexts. In this capacity, Mathieu Torck currently also contributes as a post-doctoral researcher to the ERC project AdG TRANSPACIFIC (PI: Angela Schottenhammer, Early Modern History Unit, KU Leuven). Torck is co-author of A Belgian Passage to China, a popular-scientific work introducing hitherto unpublished sources on the technology transfer between China and Belgium around the turn of the twentieth century.
Piracy in Historical Asia (2023)
Bachelor Oosterse Talen en Culturen: China
Modern Chinees I en II (Modern Chinese I and II)
Methode en Onderzoek: Zuid- en Oost-Azië 1 (Method and Research: South and East Asia 1)
Bachelorproef (Bachelor paper)
Master Oosterse Talen en Culturen: China
Cultuur in Perspectief: Zuid- en Oost-Azië (Culture in Perspective: South and East Asia)
Masterproefseminarie (Dissertation seminar)
Onderzoeksseminarie (Research Seminar)
Internship Coordinator Oriental Languages and Cultures
Master students of Oriental Languages and Cultures do internships within the framework of their study curriculum in Belgium, Europe or the areas specifically covered by the Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures. Internships are situated in a wide variety of sectors of the professional world (profit and non-profit): business companies, cultural organizations, government agencies, media, academia etc.
Academic internship opportunities (implying research and database input) are directly available in the context of major research projects at the Departement of Oriental Languages and Cultures (Chinese Studies sub-area) and within the framework of an Horizon 2020 ERC project (KU Leuven/UGent) :