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The Australian National University

Dr Mark Strange

B.A. Hons (Durham); M.St., D.Phil. (Oxon)
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Research interests

Medieval Chinese political thought

Medieval Chinese political and intellectual history

Chinese traditional historiography

Chinese traditional narrative

Textual criticism


Mark Strange is a Sinologist with research interests in the history of political thought and the historiography of pre-modern China, in particular between the third and eleventh centuries AD. He has taught Chinese history and Literary Chinese language at the Universities of Warwick, Oxford, and Cambridge. He joined the Australian National University in 2012.

Researcher's projects

The politics of division in eleventh-century China: Sima Guang on the Southern and Northern Dynasties (317-589)

Da sheng qi xin lun (Treatise on the Awakening of Mahayana Faith), tr. with John Jorgensen, Dan Lusthaus, and John Makeham, New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

[‘Exegesis of the Awakening of Faith’, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, co-director]

with T.H. Barrett, ‘Walking by Itself: The Singular History of the Chinese Cat,’ in Martina Siebert and Roel Sterckx (eds.), Animals through Chinese History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (22 pp., forthcoming)

‘Jie du Song Shen zong “Zi zhi tong jian xu”’ (‘A Reading of Song Shen zong’s ‘Preface to Zi zhi tong jian’; forthcoming)

Selected translation into English of Zi zhi tong jian (Comprehensive Mirror to Aid Governance), with an historical and philological commentary

Book-length study of the reception history of Zi zhi tong jian

Book-length study of representations of Emperor Wu of Liang (r. 502-549)

Current student projects

Jingjing CHEN, Grotto-heavens and early Supreme Clarity Daoism

Eugenie EDQUIST, The shaman and the strange: a reading of Li He's poetry

Victor FONG, Frontiers and ethnicity in late imperial Chinese law

Yu SANG, The influence of Wang Fuzhi on the formation of Xiong Shili's metaphysics

Qin YANG, Diagrams in Song China

Yayun ZHU, Nanjing in Late-Ming and Early-Qing China

Past student projects

Recently supervised projects include: representations of Xinjiang in the work of Ji Yun (1724-1805); Yao Xie's (1805-1864) commentary on Hong lou meng; a critical translation of Suseongji by Im Je (1549-87).


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  23 January 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers