Prof. Wang HuiChinese history, global history, social theory
Wang Hui is a professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, holding a dual appointment at the department of literature and the department of history. One of his main areas of expertise is modern intellectual history – while many of his publications in this field focus on China around the turn of the twentieth century, his work has covered much longer historical periods, ranging from the eleventh century to the present. Wang Hui, who in the past served as the coeditor of the influential Chinese journal Dushu, is not only a highly influential figure in the academic and sociopolitical debates in China. Also in many other parts of the world, his works – for instance his critical reflections on Chinese and global modernity – have been widely received. In 2008, the magazine Foreign Policy listed him among the top 100 most influential intellectuals worldwide. In Germany, he has already contributed to public debates through substantial published dialogues with politicians like Helmut Schmidt or Sigmar Gabriel.