Michael Rudolph

BA and MA in Business, Language and Culture (Chinese)

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Curriculum

 
Degrees
 
  • 1993: M.A. degree in Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

  • 2001: ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ in Chinese Studies at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
 
  • 2008: Habilitation in Chinese Studies at the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies, University of Vienna, Austria.
 
Academic career
 
  • 1994-2001: Research scholarships from German Academic Exchange Service; Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst; Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.
 
  • 1997-1999: Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg.
 
  • 2002-2007: Academic employee at the Institute of Ethnology, Heidelberg University; Staff member of Heidelberg's Interdisciplinary Research Project 'Dynamics of Ritual'; German Research Council Research Fellow. Field research in Taiwan on 'Nativism and Ritual Revitalisation’.
 
  • 2007-2008: Associate Professor at the Institute for Business Communication and Information Science, University of Southern Denmark, for building up the BA and the MA programs in the Negot in Chinese (BA and MA in Business, Language, and Culture (Chinese)).
 
  • 2008- : Professor at the Institute for Business Communication and Information Science (after 8/2012 renamed into Institute for Design and Communication), University of Southern Denmark: BA in Business, Language, and Culture (Chinese)
 
Teaching and supervision experience since 1993
 
  • BA courses: Intercultural Communication China; Taiwan’s society and culture; Chinese Language Proficiency Courses (Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced; Chinese Newspaper language, Business Chinese; Chinese Negotiation Skills). 
 
  • MA courses: China’s Society and Culture; Cross-Cultural Management China and the West; Taiwan’s society and culture; Courses in Cultural Anthropology on ritual and identity formation in postcolonial societies. 
 
  • Supervision: Supervision of BA, MA, and PhD projects in Chinese Studies and Taiwan Studies; Supervision of research projects in Chinese Studies, Taiwan Studies, and Cultural Anthropology.
 
  • Teaching- and education development: Development of the study programmes 'BA in Business, Language, and Culture (Chinese)' and 'MA in Business, Language, and Culture (Chinese)' at the University of Southern Denmark.
 
  • Study-administrative tasks: Coordinator of the study programs BA and MA in Business, Language, and Culture (Chinese)

 

  • Presentations and talks at international universities and high schools in Cultural Anthropology, Taiwan Studies, and China Studies.
 
 

Research areas

 

  • Chinese Studies (China and Greater China, Taiwan)
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies

 

Research information

 

Michael Rudolph is specialized in comparative social and cultural studies with focus on Greater China. His research focuses on postcolonial identity construction in Taiwan as well as on psycho-cultural adaptation problems of ethnic minorities in Taiwan’s rapidly modernizing Han society. He has written books and articles on ethnic relations and social movements as well as on the dynamics of rituals in Taiwan. At the moment, he is researching the formation of new ethnic groups on the island in the new Millennium and the impact of the travel of concepts and theories to Taiwan.

 

Research interests

Field research in Taiwan:

  • on child prostitution and the social problems of Taiwan's Aborigines (1987-1989);
  • on the ethno-political movement of Taiwan's Aborigines and its acceptance by the people in the countryside (1994-1996);
  • on the development of new rituals under the influence of tourism and multiculturalism (2001-2007);
  • on the formation of new ethnic groups in the new Millennium and the impact of the travel of concepts and theories to Taiwan (since 2008).

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