Prof. Dr. Ines Eben von Racknitz

Prof. Dr. Ines Eben von Racknitz

Stand-In Professor

Gesellschaft und Kultur des modernen China
Schillerstraße 6, Room S 310
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37152
Fax: +49 341 97-37159

Prof. Dr. Ines Eben von Racknitz

Prof. Dr. Ines Eben von Racknitz

Institute Head

Institute of East Asian Studies
Schillerstraße 6
04109 Leipzig


Ines Eben v. Racknitz has been working at the School of History at Nanjing University since 2011, since 2016 as Associate Professor and teaches Chinese history. She studied Sinology, Religious Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Leipzig, Renmin University in Beijing, Stanford University and the Freie Universität Berlin before receiving her PhD in History from the University of Konstanz in 2009. Further professional stations took her to the University of Erfurt, the Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou and again to the FU Berlin. Her research area is the history of China in the 19th and 20th centuries, which she investigates from the perspective of a global historian. Her research topics have included the events of the sacking of the Yuanming yuan in 1860, more recently she has also been concerned with Chinese cartographic history and especially the history of the Manchus at the end of the Qing period.

Professional career

  • since 07/2016
    Associate Professor, School of History, Dept. of Chinese history, Nanjing University;
  • 05/2019 - 06/2019
    Visiting Professor, FU Berlin, Dept. of East Asian Studies, China studies
  • 03/2017 - 07/2017
    Visiting Professor, FU Berlin, Dept. of East Asian Studies, China studies
  • 07/2015 - 06/2016
    Lecturer, Xiʼan Jiaotong Liverpool University, Suzhou/PR China
  • 03/2011 - 07/2016
    Assistant Professor, Nanjing university


  • 04/2005 - 12/2009
    PhD, Chinese History, Department of History and Sociology, University of Konstanz/Germany
  • 09/1997 - 09/2003
    Master of Arts (Sinology, Religious Studies and Comparative Literature),Department of History and Cultural Studies, Seminar of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin/Germany
  • 09/2000 - 07/2001
    Stanford University, USA: Courses in Comparative literature, Political Science and Sociology
  • 09/1996 - 07/1997
    Renmin University, PR China, language training
  • 09/1994 - 08/1996
    Undergraduate studies, Sinology, Religious studies, Comparative Literature, Leipzig University

I am fascinated by China`s political and cultural transformations during the 19th and 20th century, as well as her entanglement with the world.

Broadly speaking, my research interests are in the field of political history of late Imperial China. Interested in all things imperial and Manchu culture,I approach my research leaning on the methodology and school of New Qing history. My PhD thesis centered on the Looting and the Burning of the Yuanming yuan in Beijing; from there I developed an interest in the Chinese art markets and sales and material culture in general. Further research areas are in the history of Chinese cartography, which led me to do research in the Perthes collection in Gotha; also, I have been teaching about the cultural history of the global Chinese diaspora.