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Dr. Maria Khayutina

Research Interests

  • History, esp. the social history of pre-imperial China; the history of ideas and historical geography
  • Academic advisor: Stern- series on China
  • Work with various types of sources: literary records as well as epigraphic, excavated texts – inscriptions on ritual bronze vessels and bells. These bronze artefacts played an important role as status and prestige symbols in the aristocratic society of China. The inscriptions, which were intended to glorify the donors, are the focus of the current project.

Curriculum Vitae


  • History studies in the History Department  of the M.W. Lomonosov-National University in Moscow. Area of specialization (major): Ancient History with a main focus on China.
  • 1999 Doctoral Degree in History at the Institute for Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • 1999-2006 Research associate in the Department of Chinese Studies in the Institute for Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • 2001 Guest research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Rühr University, Bochum. Research topic: “Hospitality in Ancient China (11th – 5th century BC): sacred, social and political aspects.
  • 2003 Research fellow of the Gerda-Henkel-Foundation at the Ruhr University, Bochum and the LMU, Munich. Project: “Hospitality in China BC. Its importance for the development of Chinese civilization and communication with the outside world”.
  • Since Oct 2007 Postdoctoral fellow in the graduate program “Forms of Prestige in Ancient Cultures”, at the LMU, Munich. Project: “The conceptualization, representation and significance of prestige in China during the Spring and Autumn Periods (770-402 BC), as reflected in the elite bronze culture.


  • “Royal Hospitality and Geopolitical Constitution of the Western Zhou Polity (1046/5-771 BC),”T’oung Pao, 2010 (forthcoming)
  • Marital Alliances and Affinal Relatives (/sheng/ 甥 and /hungou/ 婚 購) in the Society and Politics of Zhou China in the Light of Bronze Inscriptions.  Early China, 2010 (forthcoming)
  • “The Royal Year-Count of the Western Zhou Dynasty (1045-771 BC) and its Use(r)s: A Sociological Perspective" In: Time and Ritual in Early China. Hg. v. Xiaobing Wang-Riese und Thomas O. Höllmann. Asiatische Forschungen Monographienreihe, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009, p. 125-151.
  • “Western ‘capitals’ of the Western Zhou dynasty (1046/5 – 771 BC): historical reality and its reflections until the time of Sima Qian,” Oriens Extremus 47 (2008): 25-65.
  • „Priem beglezow v uslowijah multigosudarstwennoi sistemy drewnego Kitaja: predwaritel’nye nabljudenija“ ["Aufnahme von Flüchtlingen unter den Bedingungen des multistaatlichen Systems des frühen Chinas: vorübergehende Beobachtungen“], Obschestwo i gosudarstwo v Kitae. Nautschnaja konferenzija [Staat und Gesellschaft in China. Wissenschaftliche Konferenz] XXXIX (Moskau: IVRAN, 2009): 23-36.
  • “Rongsheng zhong,”  “Zha zhong”, “Geng Ying ding ,” “Xun gui,” “Shi You gui”, “Ju Fu xu,” “Zeng Bo fu” in Ancient Chinese Bronze Inscriptions (American Academy of Religion Texts & Translations Series, Oxford University Press), Hrsg. Constance Cook & Paul R. Goldin. (forthcoming)