Dr. Federico Brusadelli

Dr. Federico Brusadelli

Institut für Sprachen und Kulturen des Nahen Ostens und Ostasiens
Lehrstuhl für Sinologie











Intellectual and Political History of late-Qing and Republican China.

Utopianism in China

Chinese Federalism

Modern and Contemporary Confucianism




Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter – Research Associate
Chair of Chinese Studies
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Adjunct Professor, East Asian Philosophies
Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (Italy)

Adjunct Professor, Chinese Institutions and Chinese Literature
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy)


2016 -2017
Adjunct Professor, History of Modern & Contemporary China
Postgrad. Specialization in Asian Languages and Cultures,
International University of Languages and Media, Rome (Italy)


Editorial Duties:

2016 – present Managing Editor, Ming Qing Yanjiu, University of Naples “L’Orientale” / Brill


Conference Presentations, Talks and Lectures:

“‘The Tsar’s Mirror. The ‚Account of the Reforms of Peter the Great’ by Kang Youwei (1858-1927). A Russian Model to Save the Chinese Empire“
Seminar: “The Tsarist/Soviet empires and the history of modernity in Asia“
LMU, Munich (Germany), 12-13 September 2017

“Chen Jiongming’s Zhongguo tongyi chuyi and the Rejection of Federalism in Modern China”
European Association for Chinese Philosophy, Second Biennial Conference
University of Basel (Switzerland), 7-9 September 2017

“La ‘Cina forte’ di Xi Jinping: Radici storiche e implicazioni geopolitiche del ritorno di una grande potenza”
Special Lecture, Postgrad. Specialization in Economic Security, Geopolitics and Intelligence
SIOI – The Italian Society for International Organization, Rome (Italy), 8 April 2017

„La religione di Confucio: Nazionalismo, tradizione e modernità in Cina dalla fine dell’Impero all’inizio del ventunesimo secolo”
Special Lecture, Confucius Institute, University of Naples “L’Orientale” (Italy), 15 November 2016

“Time, History and Modernity in Kang Youwei’s Datongshu : An example of Chinese Studies in a Global Intellectual History framework”
ICSSISU Conference “Methodology and System : An International Dialogue of China Studies”
Shanghai International Studies University (PRC), 05 November 2016

“A Tale of Two Utopias: Unwitting Socialism and Unconscious Classicism in the Agendas of Kang Youwei and Mao Zedong”
European Association for Chinese Philosophy, Inaugural Biennial Conference
University of Vilnius (Lithuania), 09-11 June 2016

“Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Religion in Late Imperial China”, with Chiara Ghidini
SISR – Società Italiana di Storia delle Religioni, National Conference
Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), 08 April 2016

“Catholicism and the Political Role of Religion in Kang Youwei’s Italian Journal (1904)”
International Conference “Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue” University of Toronto (Canada), 07 April 2016
“The Age of Empathy: Vegetarianism, Buddhism and Utopia in the Thought of Kang Youwei’”, Special Lecture, Graduate Class in East Asian Religions,
University of Naples “L’Orientale” (Italy), 15 January 2016

“Empire, State, Nation: The Transformation of China from late Qing to the early Republic”, Lecture, TFA – Chinese Language Teachers Training Course,
University of Naples “L’Orientale” (Italy), 13 May 2015

“L’ascesa cinese nel contesto internazionale”,
Panelist, Issmi – Centre for High Defense Studies, Rome (Italy), 08 January 2015


Affiliations :

Associazione Italiana Studi Cinesi – Italian Association for Chinese Studies

European Association for Chinese Studies

European Association for Chinese Philosophy




“Cosmopolitismo, nazionalismo e religioni nella Cina tardo imperiale” with Chiara Ghidini, [forthcoming on Studi e materiali di storia delle religioni, Quaderni speciali, 2017]

“L’Impero invisibile: il ‘nazionalismo tradizional-socialista’ come cifra culturale della presidenza Xi?’, Geopolitica, 6, 1, 2017, pp. 9-22.

“‘If China had a Pope’: Catholicism and the Political Role of Religion in Kang Youwei’s Italian Journal (Yidali youji)”, in Francesco Guardiani et al (eds), Italy and China: Centuries of Dialogue, Florence: Franco Cesati Editore, 2017, pp. 233-249.

“Transforming Benevolence : Classicism, Buddhism and Politics in Kang Youwei’s Lecture on ‘Ren’ 講仁字”, Archiv orientální 85, 2017, pp. 99-117.

“‘You Don’t Wear a Fur in Summer’ : Kang Youwei’s ‘Impartial Words on Republicanism’ (1917) and the Fate of Chinese Democracy”, Asiatische Studien, 71, 1, 2017, pp. 5-30.

“A Tale of Two Utopias: Kang Youwei’s Communism, Mao Zedong’s Classicism and the ‘Accommodating Look’ of the Marxist Li Zehou“, Asian Studies, 5 (21), 1, 2017, pp. 103–122.

“‘Poisoning China’ : Kang Youwei’s ‘Saving the Country’ and His Stance Against Han Nationalism”, Ming Qing Yanjiu , 18, 2014, pp. 133-158.

Book Reviews:

Timothy Brook, Mr. Selden’s Map of China. Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer (Bloomsbury Press, 2013). Ming Qing Yanjiu, 19, 2015, pp. 149-152.

Thomas Tanase, “Jusqu’aux limites du monde” : la papauté et la mission franciscaine, de l’Asie de Marco Polo à l’Amerique de Christophe Colomb (École française de Rome, 2013) . Ming Qing Yanjiu, 18, 2014, pp. 191-192.

Gang Zhao, The Qing Opening to the Ocean. Chinese Maritime Policies, 1684-1757 (Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2013) . Ming Qing Yanjiu, 18, 2014, pp. 192-195.

Peter Zarrow, After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State, 1885-1924 (Stanford University Press, 2012) . Ming Qing Yanjiu, 18, 2014, pp. 195-197.

Claudine Salmon (ed.), Literary Migrations: Traditional Chinese Fiction in Asia (17th – 20th Centuries), (Iseas Publishing, 2013) . Ming Qing Yanjiu, 18, 2014, pp. 197-198.


Others (Selected Newspaper & Magazine Articles in Italian):

“Il ‘sogno imperiale’ di Xi: una via della seta per il 21mo secolo”, East Magazine, 58, 2015.

“Legismo, tradizionalismo, nazionalismo: il pensiero forte di Xi Jinping”, AgiChina24, (15 October 2014).

“La Cina ha cambiato direzione?” Interview for AgiChina24 (10 December 2013).

“Cina e Africa, il colonialismo del terzo millennio”, Charta Minuta, 4, 3, 2010.