Short CV/Education and training


  • 1991
    B.A./M.A. KU Leuven (Belgium) in Chinese Studies, summa cum laude with congratulations of the jury

  • 2007
    M.A. University of Oxford (By Resolution)

Positions Held:

  • 1999 – 2002
    Public Services Librarian/Coordinator of Reference Services, Harvard College Library/ Harvard-Yenching Library

  • 2002 – 2007
    Assistant Professor of Chinese History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • 2007 – 2012
    Official Fellow and Tutor, Pembroke College

  • 2007 – 2012
    University Lecturer in Chinese History, University of Oxford

  • since 2012
    Reader in Chinese History, King's College London

Selected publications


  • De Weerdt, Hilde (2007): Competition over Content: Negotiating Standards for the Civil Service Examinations in Imperial China (1127-1276). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center. 508 pp.

  • De Weerdt, Hilde (2011): Knowledge and Text Production in an Age of Print – China, Tenth-Fourteenth Centuries, co-edited with Lucille Chia. Leiden: Brill. 446 pp.

  • De Weerdt, Hilde (2008): Songdai yanjiu gongju shukan zhinan xiudingban Guilin: Guangxi shifan daxue chubanshe. 233 pp.

Recent Articles

  • De Weerdt, Hilde (2011): Places of the Self: Pictorial Autobiography in the Eighteenth Century. Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR) 33, 121-150.

  • De Weerdt, Hilde (2009): Maps and Memory: Readings of Cartography in Twelfth- and Thirteenth- Century Song China. Imago Mundi: International Journal for the History of Cartography 61:2, 145-167.

  • De Weerdt, Hilde (2009): Court Gazettes and 'Short Reports': Official Views and Unofficial Readings of Court News. Hanxue yanjiu (Chinese Studies) 27:2, 167-200.

  • De Weerdt, Hilde (2007): The Discourse of Loss in Private and Court Book Collecting in Imperial China. Library Trends 55:3, special issue, Libraries in Times of War, Revolution, & Social Change, 404-420.

Recent Book Chapters

  • De Weerdt, Hilde: Chinese Cities, 600-1400. In Handbook on Global Cities. Ed. Peter Clark. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, forthcoming.

  • De Weerdt, Hilde: The Production and Circulation of 'Written Notes' (biji). In Imprimer autrement: Le livre non commercial dans la Chine impériale. Ed. Michela Bussotti and Jean-Pierre Drège. Paris: l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, 2012, forthcoming.

  • De Weerdt, Hilde (2011): The Cultural Logics of Map Reading: Text, Time and Space in Printed Maps of the Song Empire. In Knowledge and Text Production in an Age of Print – China, Tenth-Fourteenth Centuries. Ed. Lucille Chia and Hilde De Weerdt, pp. 239-270. Leiden: Brill.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Principal Investigator, „China and the Historical Sociology of Empire,“ research team of six funded by the European Research Council, 2012-2016.

  • Principal Investigator, „Mapping Knowledge Transmission through Citation Patterns in Notebooks,“ research team of six funded by the British Academy and the John Fell OUP Research Fund, 2010-2011.

  • Participant, „New Perspectives on Medieval China and Europe: Approaches to the Writing of Political History,“ international project on comparative political history, headed by Christian Lamouroux (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) and Deng Xiaonan (Beijing University), 2008

  • Participant, „China Biographical Database Project“ (CBDB), international project for the construction and integration of data on Chinese society, headed by Peter Bol (Harvard University), 2007

  • Participant, „Maritime Cross-Cultural Exchange in East Asia and the Formation of Japanese Traditional Culture: An Interdisciplinary Approach Focusing on Ningbo,“ international research project on the history of the port of Ningbo, S"daishi kenky-kai (The Society for Song History, Japan), headed by Kojima Tsuyoshi (Tokyo University), 2003-2008.

  • Participant, „World History Project,“ University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2002-2004.


  • Song Research Tools. Since 2003

  • Biji in Print Database. Website under development.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Italian Ministry for Education University and Research (MIUR), research projects, since 2012

  • AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council): Peer Review College (Academic and International Projects), 2009-2012; Moderation Panel Member, since 2011

  • European Association of Chinese Studies, since 2011

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, since 2010

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), 2010

  • Stanford Humanities Center External Faculty Fellowships, since 2008

  • International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program (IDRF), the Social Science Research Council in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies, since 2004

Select professional memberships:

  • Member, Association of Asian Studies

  • Member, American Historical Association

  • Member, Social Science History Association

  • Member, British Association of Chinese Studies

  • Member, European Association of Chinese Studies

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Media

  • Outreach to secondary school sector

  • Cross-disciplinary Research Institutes


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