Lena Henningsen

Amalie Baur Fellow

University of Freiburg

Institute for Chinese Studies

Focus Group
Underground Reading during the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Short CV

Lena Henningsen is a Junior Professor for Chinese Studies at Freiburg University. She wrote a PhD thesis on plagiarism in contemporary Chinese literature. Before that, she was educated in Chinese Studies, Political Sciences and Musicology from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Heidelberg University and Nanjing Normal University (PR China).


2017 ERC Starting Grant “The Politics of Reading in the People’s Republic of China”

2016 Leopoldina Early Career Award

2013 – 2018 Member of the German Young Academy (Junge Akademie an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina)

2008 Young Scholar Award of the European Association for Chinese Studies’.

Research Area

Chinese Society, Literature and Culture of the 20th and 21st centuries

Cultures of Reading

Digital Humanities