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Sören Urbansky, Dipl.



  • Ph.D. Candidate until October 2010



Academic Appointment

Since 2009: Research Associate and Lecturer of East Asian History at the University of Freiburg 


Since 2007: PhD student, Heidelberg University

2006 – 2007: Student, Tsinghua University Beijing, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Study

2005 – 2006: Visiting student, University of California at Berkeley (United States), Department of History

2004 – 2005: Visiting student, Heilongjiang University Harbin (People’s Republic of China), Department of Chinese as a Foreign Language

Spring 2003: Visiting student, Kazan’ State University (Russian Federation), Department of History and Department of Russian as a Foreign Language

2001 – 2006: Student, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, Department of Social and Cultural Studies, Diploma in Social and Cultural Studies

Related Professional Experience

Since 2003: Freelance journalist, mainly for Neue Zürcher Zeitung

2008 – 2009: Producer for WDR German Television


2010: Research Fellowship, German Historical Institute Moscow

2007 – 2009: PhD-Fellowship, German National Academic Foundation

2007:  Asia-Fellowship, Haniel Foundation

2006 – 2007: Fellowship for the Inter-University Program, Beijing, from UC Berkeley

2005 – 2006: Study and Research-Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service

2004 – 2005: Hölderlin-Fellowship, German National Academic Foundation

2003 – 2006: Study-Fellowship, German National Academic Foundation

2003: Study-Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service

Ausgewählte Publikationen


2008. Kolonialer Wettstreit. Russland, China, Japan und die Ostchinesische Eisenbahn [Colonial Competition: Russia, China, Japan and the Chinese Eastern Railway] (Globalgeschichte, vol. 4), Frankfurt/New York: Campus (264 pages)

Selected journal articles and chapters in edited volumes

2012 [in print]. “The unfathomable foe. Constructing the Enemy in the Sino-Soviet borderlands during the Brezhnev Era, 1964–1982”, in: Journal of Modern European History

2009. “Auf in die Provinz! Recherchen in Russlands Regionalarchiven [Off to the provinces! Research in Russia’s regional archives]”, in: Osteuropa, vol. 59, no. 11, pp. 121–30

2008. “Ausradiert und aufpoliert. Das architektonische Erbe des russischen Harbin [Obliterated and refurbished. Russian Harbin’s architectural heritage]”, in: Osteuropa, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 65–83