Professor Roel Sterckx FBA
Classical and literary Chinese language and philology; history, religion and thought of pre-imperial and early imperial China; text and manuscript studies (Warring States, Qin, and Han periods); the natural world in pre-modern China
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
Professor Janet Watson FBA
The documentation and morpho-syntactic description of modern Arabic dialects and Modern South Arabian languages; theoretical phonology and morphology with reference to Arabic and Modern South Arabian
Professor Dawn Chatty FBA
Middle Eastern ethnography particularly prolonged forced migration, and forced settlement of mobile indigenous peoples as well as biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and the politics of pastoral livelihoods