Dr Johannes Lotze

Dr Johannes Lotze

Department of History
Teaching Fellow in Medieval Chinese History

Contact details

Room 322
Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a historian of middle and late imperial China with particular specialism in the history of translation, multilingualism, and cross-cultural knowledge circulation.

Feedback and office hours

Summer term 2019: please email me at j.s.lotze@bham.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.


  • PhD in Chinese Studies, University of Manchester (2017)
  • Magister (MA) in History and Chinese Studies, Free University of Berlin (2012)


I joined the School of History and Cultures at Birmingham in September 2018 as a Teaching Fellow in Medieval Chinese History. In 2017, I received a PhD in Chinese Studies at the University of Manchester with a thesis on language policy and Mongol legacy in the early Ming era. In 2012, I earned a Magister (MA) degree in History and Chinese Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2008 to 2009, I studied Chinese language at Nanjing University, China. Previously, I had studied Political Science, Philosophy, and Film Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.


  • The World’s Largest Empire: The Mongols and China 
  • The Silk Roads 
  • Women and Men in Imperial China
  • Practicing History (Ming China in Eurasia)
  • Practicing History (Perspectives on China’s Last Empire: The Qing Contested)


My research focuses on China in global history and the role of language(s), multilingualism, and translation activities in middle and late imperial China. I am currently writing my first monograph, provisionally titled 'Multilingual Empires: The Ming Dynasty and Imperial Chinese Language Policies'. My current translation of a Chinese-language chapter on the late imperial examination system is scheduled to be published by Brill in 2019. In 2017-2018, I delivered papers on multilingualism in Chinese history at the University of Oxford, the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales at Paris, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Glasgow.