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Sijia Cheng, M.A.

Graduate Student

Sijia Cheng, M.A.


  • PhD candidate, GPTS-8

Contact information

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 007
69115 Heidelberg


About Sijia Cheng

Sijia Cheng (Ch. 程思嘉) joined the Cluster’s Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) in October 2016. She received her BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Fudan University and MA in Sinology from Heidelberg University.

Her ongoing dissertation project concerns a cultural history of animal waste in late imperial China, focusing on multiple uses of excrement as medicines, fertilizers and fuels. She is broadly interested in history of animals, history of science, technology and medicine, environmental history, and East Asian Studies. 

Curriculum vitae

September 2017 - February 2018  Visiting Predoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

Since October 2016  Doctoral fellow at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg University.

Selected publications

Conference Presentations

“‘A Second Noah’s Ark’: Global Animal Trade and the Birth of Peking Zoo”. International Conference: Animals and Human Society in the Asian Sphere. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. February 26-March 2, 2017.

“Translating Animal Waste in Late Imperial Chinese Medicine”, in panel “Considering Boundaries of Animal Medicine in East Asia within the Context of Translation”. ICTAM IX (International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicine). Kiel, Germany. August 7, 2017.