Prof. Hilde de Weerdt
Professor, Institute for Area Studies / Chinese History, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Hilde De Weerdt is a Professor of Chinese History at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS, http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/ ), the Netherlands.

Her teaching and researches of imperial Chinese intellectual and political history are mainly focused on the question of how elite networks shaped Chinese politics.

In recent years she has been engaged in the creation of digital tools (MARKUS: Classical Chinese Text Analysis and Reading Platform, http://dh.chinese-empires.eu/beta/ ; with Brent/Hou Ieong Ho) and the teaching of digital methods for use in research and teaching. Current projects include “Communication and Empire” and “Digging into Data: Automating Chinese Text Extraction”.

She is the author of Competition over Content: Negotiating Standards for the Civil Service Examinations in Imperial China (1127-1276) (2007), Songdai yanjiu gongju shukan zhinan xiudingban (2008), Knowledge and Text Production in an Age of Print--China, Tenth-Fourteenth Centuries (co-edited with Lucille Chia, 2011), and Information, Territory, and Elite Networks: The Crisis and Maintenance of Empire in Song China (forthcoming).
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