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Catrin Kost, Dr.


Catrin Kost, Dr.


  • Assistant Professor, Chinese Archaeology


Saarstrasse 9
69151 Neckargemuend

+ 49 (0)17621325503

Über Catrin Kost


•    Oct 2007- Feb 2011 Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich Mentee in the Mentoring Program “LMUexcellent”
•    Oct 2006- Oct 2009 Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), Karlsruhe Research fellow and scholarship holder in the postgraduate program “Image. Body. Medium. Towards An Anthropological Perspective.”
•    Oct 2006- Oct 2009    Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), Karlsruhe Research fellow and scholarship holder in the postgraduate program “Image. Body. Medium. Towards An Anthropological Perspective.”
•    Jan 2009    Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), Karlsruhe Full scholarship granted for independent research at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University
•    Dec 2008    Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich Full sponsorship to do research at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
•    Oct 2008    Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), Karlsruhe Full sponsorship to do research and present a paper in Ulan Bataar Mongolia
•    Sep 2008    Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), Karlsruhe Full scholarship for conference participation and research in the PR China
•    Jul 2005- Sep 2005    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Full scholarship to do research in Kunming PR China and Hanoi Viet Nam
•    Apr 2011- Jul 2012    The British Museum, London Project Assistant Stein Collection Database Independent research of the three-dimensional objects from the collection, reference photography, updating the museum's database. Co-ordinating the work of two interns from China and India. Other curatorial duties such as acquisitions, meeting delegations and answering public enquiries.
•    Oct 2007- Feb 2008    Hypo Cultural Foundation, Munich Conducted guided tours during the exhibition “Under the sign of the golden griffin. Royal tombs of the Scythians.”
•    Oct 2005- Feb 2006    State Museum of Ethnology, Munich Assisted in preparing the special exhibition “Genghis Khan and His Heirs” and conducted guided tours during the exhibition
•    Oct 2004- Jul 2005    Institute of Prehistory, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich Created drawings of medieval potshards in pencil and ink
•    Sep 2004-Oct 2004    German Archaeological Institute (DAI) Participation in the archaeological excavation of a Roman fort in Qreiye, Syrian Arabian Republic. Categorised, described, photographed and documented finds
•    Jul 2003- Sep 2003    German Archaeological Institute (DAI) Participation in the German-Mongolian-Karakorum-Expedition. Managed team in documenting finds
•    Oct 2002- Jan 2003    Archbau, Munich/Germany Participation in the excavation of a medieval market square in the centre of Munich

Further information


Jul 2007- Apr 2008:   
Images in Archaeology – an Archaeology of the image?
International symposium which took place in Hamburg 17-19 April 2008. Member of organising committee, presented paper, chaired session.


German: Native speaker
English: Fluent (written and spoken)
Swedish: Fluent (written and spoken)
Mandarin: Fluent spoken, intermediate written
French: Intermediate (written and spoken)
Knowledge of Latin and Classical Greek


Sep 2012:   
Assistant Professor, Chinese Archaeology
Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University
Primary responsibilities comprise the teaching of both survey courses and advanced courses from my own field of expertise, as well as supervising students at all stages of their studies. Besides my personal research, I am actively involved in improving our curriculum and in instigating collaborations between the Institute and other institutions such as for instance the Museum of East Asian Art in Berlin. Further to this, I carry out tasks such as supervising and co-ordinating our student assistants, budget planning and library management.


Oct 2006- Feb 2011
Dr. phil. Chinese Archaeology
Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Thesis title: Pictorial Practice in the Northern Chinese Steppe Region from the 5th century BCE to the beginning of the Common Era [Studien zur Bildpraxis im nordchinesischen Steppenraum vom 5. Jahrhundert vor Christus bis zur Zeitenwende]
My thesis investigates  the image practice (”Bildpraxis”) of the mobile pastoralist groups living in Northern China during the last five centuries BCE by analysing the different motifs on figuratively decorated belt plaques and the way they were used.

Oct 2005-Jun 2006
M.A. Chinese Studies
Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Thesis title: Dian and Dongson - Approach to a New Interpretation [Dian und Dongson - Ansätze einer Neuinterpretation]
My thesis investigates whether the often postulated exchange between the Dian-culture of Southwestern China and the Dongson-culture of Northern Vietnam can be confirmed on the basis of archaeological record.

Oct 1999-Sep 2005
Study of Sinology, Chinese Art and Archaeology, European Prehistory
in Heidelberg, Munich, Shanghai and Paris

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Oct 2011    
Christie's education, London
Lectures on Zhou-Dynasty Bronzes and metalworking cultures in Northern and Southwestern China

Jun 2011
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
East Asia Art & Archaeology Research Seminar; lecture entitled: “Analysing the use of images within the nomadic groups of Northern China (5th-1st cent. BC)“

Jan 2009    
Columbia University, New York
Symposium “At the Boundaries of Images.” Title of paper: “Some thoughts on the use of images as an archaeological source”

Oct 2008    
Open Society Forum, Ulanbataar Mongolia
International Conference on Xiongnu Archaeology ; title of paper: “Belt plaque iconography from Warring States to Western Han in the so-called Beifang”

Sep 2008    
Ordos Municipal Bronze Museum, Ordos PR China
International Symposium on Ordos Bronzeware; title of paper: “On the iconography of belt plaques as evidence for life and thought in the Beifang”

Apr 2008    
Institute of Archaeology, University of Hamburg
International Symposium “Images in Archaeology. An Archaeology of the
image?” Title of paper: “Different connotations of figural art in early cultures”
(with Jennifer Bagley; in German)