Professor Roel Sterckx FBA
About this Fellow
Roel Sterckx is Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilization at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College. He is a sinologist specialising in the cultural history, religion and thought of pre-imperial and early imperial China, the classical and literary Chinese language, philology, text and manuscript studies. He has an ongoing interest in forms of knowledge about the natural world in pre-modern China (cultural ecology, agricultural thought, natural history). Much of his work is inspired by questions raised in the history of science and anthropology. "Ideologies of the peasant and merchant in Warring States China," In Ideology of Power and Power of Ideology in Early China: Studies in Early Chinese Political Thought, ed. Yuri Pines, Paul Rakita Goldin, and Martin Kern (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2015), pp.211-248. "Mozi 31: Explaining Ghosts, again", in Carine Defoort and Nicolas Standaert eds., The Mozi as an Evolving Text: Different Voices in early Chinese Thought (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2013), pp.96-141. Food, Sacrifice, and Sagehood in Early China. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011 (Paperback edition, 2015). Of Tripod and Palate: Food, Politics and Religion in Traditional China (ed.; New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005). The Animal and the Daemon in Early China. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.
- Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilisation, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge
African-language political and moral thought; the historical-linguistic translation of freedom, equality and human rights; the racial and humanitarian politics of Christian missions in 19th-century Africa
Writing traditions, book cultures and the art of the Qur’an in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean world; Malay and Indonesian manuscripts, letters, documents and seals, and comparative Islamic diplomatics