異 (pronounced yì, simplified 异) is a character that, depending on the context and combination, might mean “strange”, “other”, “different”, but also “unusual”, “surprising” or, even, “abnormal”. In a way, the complexity and the multiple muddled facets of this character fruitfully reflect the ways that those “beyond the conventional norms and habits” (disabled people, minorities, etc.) have always been framed throughout history. And is there really a more comprehensive yet concise way to portray this feature than this?
Institut für Sprachen und Kulturen des Nahen Ostens und Ostasiens
Lehrstuhl für Sinologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte Chinas (Alexander von Humboldt-Professur)
1) Cultural and intellectual histories (with a specific focus on China)
2) Chinese minority groups/minority groups residing in China
3) the dichotomy between normality and abnormality
4) disability and its quantification
5) Chinese medicine