Erling Hagen Agøy

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Academic interests

Chinese history and climate history. Historical impact and local perceptions of historical climate change.

Chinese language, Classical Chinese and Chinese literature.

Chinese and East Asian society and culture. 

My Ph.D. project, part of the broader Airborne project, will concern historical climate change in the Jiangnan region of China in the 17th century. Within this topic, I will focus on the historical influence of climate changes, how they were perceived by local society and which efforts were taken to deal with them.

In February 2021, I successfully defended the dissertation Historical Climate Change in the Jiāngnán Region in the Late Míng and Early Qīng periods (1600-1700): Perceptions, Effects and Adaptation for the Ph.D. degree. 

I have formerly done research on historical Chinese perception of foreigners (in my MA-thesis). 


2017-today: Ph.D. in "Environmental Humanities," University of Oslo. Part of the Airborne project.

2016: Student traineeship at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing. 

2015: Study at National Taiwan University. Chinese religion, literature and folk culture.

2014-2016: Master's degree in East Asian Culture and History, University of Oslo.

2013: Study at Peking University. Chinese language.

2011-2014: Bachelor's degree in Chinese language and Chinese studies, University of Oslo.  


Best MA-thesis on an Asian topic, Network for Asian Studies (2017).

Nordic Association for China Studies' Junior Researcher Scholarship (2019).

Tags: China, Chinese
Published Aug. 14, 2017 11:11 AM - Last modified Aug. 9, 2021 2:53 PM