Johannes Lotze

Johannes Lotze


Imperial China
Nomadic regimes
Comparative empire studies
Multilingualism and translation
Linguistic landscapes
Global Mongol legacy
Global Middle Ages
Material culture


Personal website: Johannes Lotze

Current Projects

 ‘The Multilingual Imperial Tradition in China: Tracing a Hidden History’

Curriculum Vitae: 

Johannes S. Lotze is a Buber post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), member of ‘The Wall: People and Ecology in Medieval Mongolia and China’ (ERC-funded project), and winner of the inaugural 2018 Bayly Prize of the Royal Asiatic Society. He has been a Teaching Fellow in Medieval Chinese History and the Global Middle Ages at the University of Birmingham (2018–2020). Having studied and taught in four countries (Britain, Germany, China, Israel), Johannes holds a PhD in Chinese Studies (University of Manchester, 2017) and a MA in History/Chinese Studies (Freie Universität Berlin, 2012). From 2018–2021, he has been the main curator of the exhibition ‘Qing: China’s Multilingual Empire’ at the John Rylands Library, Manchester. Johannes is a historian of East Asia with a focus on the nature and impact of ‘non-Chinese’ empires in ‘China’; on sedentary/nomadic cooperation and conflict; and specifically on the Mongols and their predecessors.

Fellowships and Grants 

  • 2012-2015: President’s Doctoral Scholar Award, University of Manchester

  • 2019: Awarded Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy

  • 2020-2022: Post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ERC project ‘The Wall: People and Ecology in Medieval Mongolia and China,’ led by Professor Gideon Shelach-Lavi


  • 2018: Winner of the inaugural Bayly Prize of the Royal Asiatic Society for best PhD thesis in the East Asia field


  • 2012: Magister (MA) degree in History / Chinese Studies at Freie Universität Berlin

  • 2017: PhD degree in History / Chinese Studies at University of Manchester



  • 24 March 2022: ‘Language Contact and Conflict,’ delivered at Association for Asian Studies conference 2022, Honolulu (in-person), panel ‘The Great Chinggisid Crisis’, organised by Johannes S. Lotze.

  • 2 November 2021: ‘Qing: China’s Multilingual Empire,’ delivered online at Manchester China Institute (MCI) to mark the launch of the eponymous exhibition at the John Rylands Library (curated by Johannes S. Lotze and Julianne Simpson).

  • 22 March 2021: ‘Multilingual Empires,’ delivered at Association for Asian Studies conference 2021, Seattle (online), panel ‘Trajectories of Multilingualism/Translation’, organised/chaired by Johannes S. Lotze.

  • 20 January 2021: ‘Great Walls and Linguistic Barriers: Nomadic Regimes as Catalysts of Language Study in the Chinese World,’ Asian Studies departmental seminar of Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • 14 June 2019: ‘Inside or Outside the Empire? Language Policies in the Yuan-Ming-Qing Transition’: delivered at Nordic Association for China Studies conference, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway.

  • 5 November 2018: ‘The Significance of Multilingualism in Middle and Late Imperial China, or: 元明清時期多語制的意義 [Yuan-Ming-Qing shiqi duoyuzhi de yiyi]’: invited bilingual paper, delivered at University of Glasgow, Confucius Institute.

  • 15 June 2018: ‘Multilingual Objects: Material Culture as Evidence of Ming China’s Global Engagement’: delivered at the international workshop ‘Chinese Objects and their Lives’ at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Paris.

  • 18 April 2018: ‘The Jesuits and the Four Barbarians (Siyi 四夷) in Seventeenth Century China’: delivered publicly for the research project ‘East Asian Uses of the European Past’ at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

  • 9 September 2017: ‘Monolingual Translators? Translation as Collaboration in Early Ming China’: paper delivered at international workshop ‘Translation and Translators in East Asia,’ University of Oxford.