Prof. Dr. Christine Moll-Murata

Room: MB 2.134
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-28254
Office hours: Nach Vereinbarung.

Studies in sinology and the politics of Southeast Asia at Heidelberg University (M.A.) and the Ruhr University Bochum (Dr. phil.). 1995-2000 teaching and research assistant, Faculty of East Asian Studies; editor of the Bochum Yearbook for East Asian Studies. 2000-2004 coordination of the DFG (German Research Council) project "Staat, Handwerk und Gewerbe in Peking, 1700-1900", Seminar for Sinology and Korean Studies, Tübingen University; 2003-2004 Post-Doc in the project "Monetary and financial politics in China, 17th to 19th centuries", Tübingen University. 2005-2007 Post-Doc, Utrecht University, Research Group for social and economic history. 2008-2009 coordinator and researcher in the "Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations, 1500-2000", International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. In 2009, Academic Reader, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr University Bochum. Since September 2018, Chair of the Department for History of China, Ruhr University Bochum.

Board member of the Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr
Advisory board member of Ming Qing Yanjiu
Editorial board member of the Journal of the Social and Economic History of the Orient
Editor of Veröffentlichungen des Ostasien-Instituts der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
(Publications of the East Asia Institute of the Ruhr University Bochum).
Vice Chairperson of German Association for Chinese Studies (DVCS)


  • Labour history of China, Taiwan, and Japan 1500-2000
  • History of crafts and guilds in China
  • Perceptions of the future in East Asia since 1900
  • The industrialisation of Northeast Asia
  • Moll-Murata, Christine (2022), "The Translation of Western Books on Natural Science and Technology in China and Japan: Early Conceptions of Electricity", in Erich Pauer / Regine Mathias (eds), Accessing Technical Education in Modern Japan. Folkstone: Renaissance Books, vol. 1, 19–36.
  • Moll-Murata, Christine (2022), Northeast Asia in Focus: Life, Work and Industry between the Steppe and the Metropoles, 1900-2020. Essays in commemoration of Flemming Christiansen's retirement - Festschrift. Duisburg: University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) (Working Papers on East Asian Studies, 131).
  • Open Access at
  • Moll-Murata, Christine (2022), "The Industrialization of Inner Mongolia in the Mengjiang Phase (1937–45): Diverging Japanese Accounts from Tumultuous Years", in Northeast Asia in Focus, 29-44.
  • Moll-Murata, Christine (2021), "Working the Qing Palace Machine: The Servants’ Perspective", in Martina Siebert / Kai Jun Chen / Dorothy Ko (eds), Making the Palace Machine Work: Mobilizing People, Objects, and Nature in the Qing Empire. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 47-72.
  • Open Access at
  • Moll-Murata, Christine (2020),   “Zukunftsbegriffe in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Chinas, 1900‒1933”,   in Christine Moll-Murata / Rüdiger Breuer (eds), Zukunft in Ostasien. Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung 41 (Special Issue), 201‒224.
  • Moll-Murata, Christine (2020),   “Citizenship in Early Modern China. A Commentary to Maarten Prak, Citizens Without Nations”,  TSEG - The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History, 17(3), 101–108.
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  • Moll-Murata, Christine (2018),  State and Crafts in the Qing Dynasty.  Amsterdam University Press.
  • Moll-Murata, Christine (2018),  “Work and Labour Relations in China, from the Sixteenth Century until the Present”,  in: Karin Hofmeester / Marcel van der Linden (eds), Handbook Global History of Work. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 23–40.
  • Hofmeester, Karin / Kessler, Gijs / Moll-Murata, Christine (eds) (2016),  Conquerors, Employers, and Arbiters: States and Shifts in Labour Relations 1500–2000.  (Ed. with). International Review of Social History 61 (2016), Special Issue 24, 2016.
  • Moll-Murata, Christine (2016),  "Tributary Labour Relations in China during the Ming-Qing Transition (Seventeenth to Eighteenth Centuries)",  in Conquerors, Employers, and Arbiters: States and Shifts in Labour Relations 1500–2000.  International Review of Social History 61 (2016), Special Issue 24, 27–48.