Maddalena BARENGHI

Associate Professor
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Scientific sector (SSD)
Website (personal record)
Department of Asian and North African Studies
Where: Palazzo Vendramin
Research Institute
Research Institute for Digital and Cultural Heritage

Research Interests

History of historiography and intellectual history of imperial China, pre-modern China-Central Asia relations, Turkic peoples in Chinese historiography, border studies, history of books.

Ongoing Projects

A book-length project Mercenaries, Military Patrons, and State Founders on the Fringes of the Empire: Becoming Shatuo in the 9th-10th Centuries, contracted for the series Chinese Global Histories, 250-1650 series, Amsterdam University Press.

An annotated translation of "Jianyuan yilai houzhe" 建元以來侯者年表 (Marquises since Jianyuan), translation of Chapter 20 of Shiji, The Grand Scribe's Records, v.3, Chronological Tables (Nanjing daxue chubanshe), with Clara Luhn.

An annotated translation of Qidan guanyi 契丹官儀 (Offices and rites of the Qidan) by Yu Jing 余靖, with Lance Pursey, Xin Wen, and Brian Vivier.


Academic Employment

Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Institute of Sinology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, 2018-2019

Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Department of History, University of Salzburg, 2016-2018

Postdoctoral Fellow (Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange), Institute of Sinology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, 2015-2016

Adjunct Professor, Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, 2013-2014



Ph.D. in co-supervision, Ca' Foscari University of Venice and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, 2010-2014

MA Sinology, SOAS, University of London, 2009-2010

MA Liberal Arts, National Central University (Taiwan), 2005-2009

Laurea, East Asian Studies, Department o East Asian Studies, ca' Foscari University of Venice, 1998-2004

non-degree student, Department of History, Wuhan University, 2002-2003


Scholarships and grants

Chiang Ching-kuo Postdoctoral Reasearch Fellowship (CCK Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, project n. PD009-U-14), 2015-2016

Ph.D. Scholarship, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, 2010-2013

Foreign Students Scholarship, National Central University of Taiwan, 2007-2009

Taiwan Scholarship (National Science Council), 2005-2007

PRC Foreign Students Scholarship, Wuhan University, 2002-2003


Conferences and workshops

"A Roundtable Read of 'The Offices and Rites of the Kitan' (Qidan guanyi 契丹官儀) by Yu Jing 余靖, organized by Lance Pursey. AAS Boston 2023.

"The 'army of adopted sons': patterns of military patronage at the margins of the Tang Empire", IX Mediaeval Nomads (MeN) "Nomads and their Archaeological Evidence", Napoli 24-27 Novembre 2021

American Asian Studies Annual Conference, Washington 21-26 March 2021. Panel: “After the Heavenly Qaghans: Multi-ethnic Approaches to the Tang-Song Transition.” Panel organized by Soojung Han (Princeton). Participants: Soojung Han, Maddalena Barenghi, Shao-yun Yang (Denison Un.), Andrew Chittik (Eckerd College). Chair and discussant: Luo Xin (Peking Un.). Presentation: "Shaping the Shatuo: Imperial Retainers and Mobile Armies in North China (808-878)."

Early Medieval China Workshop, INALCO Paris 15-16 November 2019. Presentation: "Some Aspects of the Relations between the Chile and the Northern Dynasties (5th-7th centuries)"

Workshop: Shiji translation project (six sessions), chapters 49, 52, 54, 58, 59, 60 (The Grand Scribe’s Records, vol. XII, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming). Institute of Sinology, LMU Munich,14-28 June 2019.

Workshop: Shiji translation project, chapters 48, 49, 50 and 52 (The Grand Scribe’s Records, vol. XII, forthcoming). Eiling Eide Library, Sarasota (Florida), 1-4 November 2019. 

22nd Biannual Conference EACS, Glasgow 29 August- 1 September 2018. Panel: “Narrative of political legitimacy and illegitimacy in Medieval China (Traditional historiography).” Participants: Maria Kobzeva (Wisconsin-Madison), Shao-yun Yang (Denison Un.), Maddalena Barenghi. Discussant and chair: Alexis Lycas (Max-Planck, Berlin). Presentation: “Genealogical narratives, kinship and legitimacy in the late medieval period: Some remarks on the Turkic Shatuo dynastic clans.” 

14th Biannual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Jerusalem 23-24 May 2018. Presentation: "“Some remarks on the “Shatuo liezhuan” 沙陀列傳 and the Shatuo early genealogical history.”

Workshop: Shiji translation project, chapter 122 (The Grand Scribe´s Records, vol. XI). 2nd Scientific Forum, LMU China Academic Network, Hangzhou 20-22 November 2016.

20th Biannual Conference EACS. Panel: “Annalistic historiography.” Presentation: “Li Keyong (856-908) and the Tang legacy in the Zizhi tongjian and its sources.” Braga 22-26 July.

Workshop: Chinese historiography. LMU Munich 13-17 November 2013. Presentation: "The Chinese annalistic tradition and the Zizhi tongjian"

Workshop on Hanshu. Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich, November-December 2012.

19th Biannual Conference EACS, INALCO PARIS 3-5 September 2012. Presentation: “On the preservation of books: The Jiaochou lüe (Treatise on collation studies) of Zheng Qiao (1104-1162).”

22nd World Congress of Philosophy, Seoul 30 July-1 August 2008. Presentation: “The study of the annals in the Western Han period: an inquiry of the structure of discourse in the first five chapters of the Chunqiu fanlu.”



AY 2018/19

Undergraduate seminar "History of the Chinese frontiers: symbolic and tangible borders in pre-modern China" (LMU)

Reading class "Translation and analysis of selections from the liezhuan on the northern peoples" (LMU)

AY 2017/18

Undergraduate seminar "Frontier history in ancient and medieval China" (University of Salzburg)

AY 2016/17

Undergraduate and graduate seminar "Ancient and medieval Chinese historiography" (University of Salzburg)

Undergraduate seminar "Imperial China and its northern neighbours" (University of Salzburg)

AY 2013/14

Frontal lesson "History of philosophy and religions of China II (LT0480)"