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50 Years of Sinology in Würzburg

Leading up to the 23rd of November 2015, the 50th anniversary of the Sinology department at the University of Würzburg, a series of activities were organized, culminating in a ceremonial lecture and champagne reception.

One of the activities that drew attention from students, alumni and friends was a photo competition held on the theme of ‘People, City, Country’, which produced a gallery of astonishing images from contributors associated with the Sinology department in Würzburg. Further information on the competition can be found below.

On the 23rd of November there was also an open day for alumni and guests, as well as an event that brought together past graduates and current students of the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes to offer ‘Perspectives after Graduation’.

In addition, a raffle was held, where proceeds were donated to a school in Yunnan financed by charitable donations.

The complete anniversary programme, a special brochure and further information on the 50 years of Sinology in Würzburg can be found below.


Brochure '50 Years of Sinology in Würzburg'

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, a brochure was produced with information on the history of Sinology in Würzburg. You can download the brochure here.

Our Sinology at 50!

Programme 23rd of November 2015

Morning Programme for Alumni and Guests

Meeting point: Philosophy Faculty, Building 8, Room 8/O/10
11:00 Guided tour of the Sinology department and meeting with the professors
11:30 Presentation of the exhibition scroll ‘Scenes of daily life in Suzhou’s cityscape around 1750’
12:00 Guided tour of the new Hubland campus and lunch in the new ‘Mensateria’

Afternoon Programme for Students and Alumni of the Sinology Department

Location: Lecture Hall 04, Philosophy Faculty
14:00 – 16:00 Event ‘Perspectives after Graduation’

Location: Classroom 17, Philosophy Faculty
16:00 Lecture ‘Memories of Earlier Times’, Dr. Cornelia Morper

Evening Programme, 50th Anniversary Ceremony

Location: Toskana Hall, Würzburg Residence
18:15 ‘18691950’ on piano and flute
18:20 Greeting address by the President of the Julius Maximilians University Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Alfred Forchel; Greeting Address by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts Prof. Dr. Roland Baumhauer
18:30 ‘Forward’ on piano and flute
18:35 Ceremonial lecture ‘The Chinese Dream – A Discussion of the Future of Modern China’ by Prof. Dr. Nicola Spakowski of the University of Freiburg
19:35 ‘Untitled’ on piano and flute
19:45 Champagne reception and raffle in the foyer of the Toskana Hall

*Music by Johannes Groß, Sinology graduate (2006 alumni)
**Raffle ticket sales throughout the day. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the ’14 Flowers Primary School (四十朵花花小学); a school in the remote mountainous region of Yunnan

Photo Competition 'People, City, Country'

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Sinology department in Würzburg, a photo competition was organized. Prizes were offered for the categories ‘People’, ‘City’ and ‘Country’.

Participants in the competition could submit a maximum of three photos by the 1st of November 2015.

The three photos could be distributed among the categories as desired, i.e. all three photos could be submitted to one category. The photographs were then judged by a jury and the winners announced on the 22nd of November 2015, the day before the 50th anniversary. Three prizes were offered for each category and handed to the winners on the 23rd of November or at a later date by post.

The winners in the individual categories were:


  1. Janina Keck
  2. Amelie Witt


  1. Fabian Hamacher
  2. Tobias Riesbeck


  1. Sabrina Weithmann
  2. Anna-Katharina Schaper