Dr. Martin Gehlmann

Room: MB 3.139
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-22919
Department: Korean Studies
Student Advisor
Office hours: by appointment

Since February 2022, Martin Gehlmann is working as a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Korean Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB). Previously, he was working as a research assistant at the Institute of Korean Studies and the Collaborative Research Center 980 “Episteme in Motion” at Freie Universität Berlin from December 2014 to January 2022. He received his PhD in December 2020 for a thesis on Confucian Academies. His research focus is on East Asian educational history, institutional history in premodern Korea, Confucianism, and cultural heritage.

  • East Asian Educational History
  • Institutional History in Premodern Korea
  • Confucianism and Education
  • Cultural Heritage in East Asia
  • 2021: “Practical Applications of the Liji. Rituals and Confucian Academies in Korea”, in: All About the Rites, ed. Anne Cheng, Stephane Feuillas, Paris: Hémisphères.
  • 2020: (mit Lennart Lehmhaus und Falk Quenstedt) “Performing Knowledge Economies: Changing and Exchanging Goods in Pre-Modern Ritual Communities”, in: Wissensoikonomien. Ordnung und Transgression vormoderner Kulturen, ed. Nora Schmidt, Nikolas Pissis, Gyburg Uhlmann, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. S. 229-256.
  • 2020: (als Herausgeber mit Vladimir Glomb und Eun-Jeung Lee) Confucian Academies in East Asia, Leiden: Brill.
  • 2020: “Transmission of the White Deer Grotto Academy Articles of Learning in Korea”, in: Confucian Academies in East Asia, Leiden: Brill. S. 252-287.
  • 2018: (mit Vladimir Glomb) „1950-60년대 북한의 서원 연구 (North Korean Research on Confucian Academies in the 1950-1960s)”, in: Han'guk sŏwŏn hakpo, Volume 7 (2018). S. 59-82.
  • “Student Evaluation Examinations in Chosŏn Local Schools”, Chosŏn History Society, 11th May 2023 (online).
  • “Schools and Students in Chosŏn Korea: Educational Standards and Realities”, AKSE EPEL Lecture, Charles University Prague, 13th May 2022.
  • „To Transform from Archery and Horsemanship to Zou and Lu: Confucian Local Schools in Northern Korea”, AKSE 2021 La Rochelle, 30th October 2021.
  • "Universal or Unique? Confucian Academies as Shared Cultural Heritage in China and Korea”, Medieval Cultural Heritage Around the Globe: Monuments, Literature, and the Arts, Then and Now (online), Binghamton University, 23rd October 2021.
  • “Being a Student in the Chosŏn Dynasty: Education and Knowledge of a kyosaeng 校生”, Beyond the State Examinations. Evaluations of Knowledge in Premodern Korea, Freie Universität Berlin, 22nd October 2021.
  • “Confucianism between China and Korea. The Case of the White Deer Grotto Academy”, AKSE EPEL Lecture (online), University of Bucharest, 19th May 2021.
  • “Private Academy or State School? Dilemmas of Confucian Education”, AKSE 2019 Rome, 12th April 2019.
  • “박영와 백록동서원규 (Pak Yŏng and the White Deer Grotto Academy Regulations”, Kim Il-Sung University International Conference on the Development of Science and Human Welfare, Kim Il-Sung University, 28th October 2018.
  • “Rituals and Confucian Academies. The Role of the Liji in Korean Sŏwŏn”, All about the Rites: from canonized ritual to ritualized society, College de France, 22nd June 2018.
  • “白鹿洞書院在朝鮮 (The White Deer Grotto Academy in Korea), Yuelu Academy lectures series, Hunan University, 22nd May 2018.
  • “백록동서원규의 전송 (Transmissions of the White Deer Grotto Academy Regulations)”, International Conference for the 10 Year Anniversary of Korean-Chinese Confucian Academy Studies, Yeungnam University, 29th October 2017.
  • ““Transmissions of the White Deer Grotto Regulations in China and Korea”, Consortium of Korean Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 10th June 2017.
  • “Creating Valuable Heritage – Narratives of Confucian Academies (書院) in Korea and China”, Heritage as Aid and Diplomacy in Asia, International Institute for Asian Studies Leiden, 28th May 2016.


Student Advisor Korean Studies