Elke Papelitzky

CGA Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2020

Elke Papelitzky obtained her PhD in history from the University of Salzburg with a dissertation on “Historical Geographical Texts of the Late Ming (1368–1644) and China’s Maritime History.” Before joining NYU Shanghai in 2018 on a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, she worked as a postdoc at LMU Munich. Her research focuses on knowledge transfer and the perception of the world of Ming and Qing literati as seen in geographical sources, both written and cartographic. Currently she is researching maritime knowledge on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean maps of the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, aiming to compare the three cartographic traditions and to study the relationship between the production of maritime knowledge (by seafarers) and the circulation of knowledge on maps (by cartographers). Dr. Papelitzky has also completed a book manuscript entitled Writing World History in Late Ming China and the Perception of Maritime Asia, which was published in 2020.

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