Dr Dror Weil
I am a historian of pre-modern Asia, with a particular interest in scientific and other textual exchanges between the Islamicate world and China; cultural, intellectual and social histories of Late Imperial China; histories of medicine and science in Asia; and, histories of the book and textuality.
I studied for my BA degree in East Asian Studies and Economics at Tel Aviv University, and for an MA degree in History at National Chengchi University (政治大學) in Taipei. I earned a PhD degree from Princeton University with a dissertation titled: "The Vicissitudes of Late Imperial China's Accommodation of Arabo-Persian Knowledge of the Natural World, 16th-18th Centuries" in 2016. I was a recipient of the Thomas Arthur Arnold Fund for Excellence in Historical Research fellowship at the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University in 2017 and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge between 2017-2019.
Before taking up a university lectureship at Cambridge in 2021, I held a permanent lectureship in History of Asia pre-1750 at the Department of History, King's College London. In 2022, I was invited to serve as a Visiting Professor at EHESS (Paris and Marseille).
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6098-0950
I welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students interested in the history of the East Asia and the Islamicate World - from the late medieval to the 19th century, and in particular, those who wish to study cross-cultural movements of knowledge, texts, objects and people. I also welcome applications from students who wish to research the histories of Islam, Judaism and Christianity in China, the Mongol empire, Ilkhanid and Safavid Iran, and Yuan-Ming-Qing histories.
For undergraduates, I am one of the conveners of the first-year Outline paper 'O5: Europe in the World, 1450-1780' and the first-year Sources option 'Reading Early Modern Asian Empires'. For Part II, I offer the Special Subject paper 'Beyond the Silk Road - Culture, Thought and Society in early modern Asia, 1000-1900', and I contribute relevant lectures to the papers 'Early Science and Medicine' (with HPS) and 'Paper 14: Material culture in the early modern world'.
At the postgraduate level, I serve as the Director of the MPhil in World History, and the convenor of the Core paper 'Debates in World History'. I will offer the optional paper 'The Global Early Modern Period' in LT.
I serve as one of the convenors of the World History research seminar series, Trans-regional East Asian History and Material Histories research groups.
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Faculty of History, West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9EF