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).

Selected Awards

  • 2013-2018, Member of the German Young Academy (Junge Akademie an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina)
  • 2017, ERC Starting Grant “The Politics of Reading in the People’s Republic of China”
  • 2016, Leopoldina Early Career Award
  • 2008, Young Scholar Award of the European Association for Chinese Studies’.

Research Interests

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

Cultures of Reading

Digital Humanities

Selected Publications

  • Henningsen, Lena: Crime, Love, and Science: Continuity and Change in Hand-copied Entertainment Fiction (shouchaoben) from the Cultural Revolution. In: Transforming Book Culture in China, 1600-2016 (Kodex: Yearbook of the International Society for Book Science). Harrassowitz, 2016, 101-119.
  • Henningsen, Lena; Landa, Sara: Verliebte Helden, rebellische Dichter und das "Erwachen des Selbst-Bewusstseins". Heldenstilisierung in der chinesischen Literatur der langen 1970er Jahre, 2015.
  • Henningsen, Lena: Individualism for the masses? Coffee consumption and the Chinese middle class' search for authenticity. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 13 (3), 2012, 408-427.
  • Henningsen, Lena: Coffee, Fast Food, and the Desire for Romantic Love in Contemporary China: Branding and Marketing Trends in Popular Chinese-Language Literature. , Hrsg.: Transcultural Studies: University Library Heidelberg, 2011.
  • Copyright Matters: Imitation, Creativity and Authenticity in Contemporary Chinese Literature. Intersentia / Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2010.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Baumbach, Sibylle, Lena Henningsen, Klaus Oschema: The Fascination with Unknown Time. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 mehr… BibTeX
  • Henningsen, Lena: Jenseits der Propaganda: Illegales Lesen und Schreiben in China aus intertextueller und interkultureller Perspektive. In: Nova Acta Leopoldina NF. Leopoldina, 2017, 1-19 mehr… BibTeX
  • Henningsen, Lena;: What Explains the Impact of Popular Chinese Fiction from the Period After the Foundation of the PRC? Latest Thinking, 2017 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )