Stefan Henning

Stefan Henning

Lecturer, East Asian Studies

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Research Interests: Century Chinese History, Anthropology of Muslim Societies, and Religious Activism

Education: PhD, University of Michigan

Stefan Henning is a historian and anthropologist of China.  After college in Germany, Henning graduated from the doctoral program in anthropology and history at the University of Michigan in 2005.  For part of his doctoral program, Henning has lived in Taiwan.  For the next three years, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Contemporary China Studies Programme at the University of Oxford. Henning comes to Johns Hopkins University from Northwestern University where he has taught undergraduates for a dozen years.

Henning has studied challenges to Chinese authoritarian rule by studying Muslim activists from the late nineteen-twenties to 2001.  His archival research centered on Beijing while his ethnographic field sites were Beijing and Lanzhou, a provincial capital on the upper reaches of the Yellow River. Henning has studied Friedrich Nietzsche to think through issues of subject formation and ethics.

Henning teaches undergraduate courses in the East Asian Studies Program and the Islamic Studies Program: “Ethnicity in the Peoples Republic of China” “Rebellion and its Enemies in China Today” “Islam in Asia” and “Women, Patriarchy, and Feminism in China, South Korea, and Japan."

Stefan Henning. “History of the Soul: A Chinese Writer, Nietzsche, and Tiananmen 1989” Comparative Studies in Society and History (3) 51, 473-501.

“God’s Translator: Qur’an Translation and the Struggle over a Written National Language in 1930s” Modern China (6) 41, 631-655.