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Martin Svensson Ekström


Department of Languages &
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41256 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Martin Svensson Ekström

Researcher, senior lecturer

  • Phone hour: by agreement
  • Office hour: Thursdays, by agreement

For the time being, Martin can be reached at


I submitted my dissertation, a study of the Mao recension of the Shijing, in 1996, and spent the following years as a researcher at various universities in the US, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and France. Between 1999 and 2002, I was a ’junior professor’ in Chinese at Stockholm University, and then for several years a reader in Philosophy and Aesthetics at Södertörn University.


Recorded lectures

“‘Si-militude’, or How the Early Chinese Out-Platoed Plato.” Pennsylvania State University, Comparative Literature Luncheon Lecture. Sept. 26. 2011. Courtesy of C-NET, Pennsylvania.


My research deals mainly with early Chinese poetry, poetics and intellectual history but also with early Greek and Roman poetics, and the early history of European sinology. I am also the editor of the Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (BMFEA).

Research projects

Funded by Vetenskapsrådet

  • Cratylus Sinensis: An Interdisciplinary and Comparative Study of the Han Dynasty Rhapsody and Graeco-Roman Poetics.
  • 18th Century Swedish Sinology and the ‘Academic Imaginary’: A Postcolonial Critique and a Critique of Postcolonialism (webpage info here).


Modern Chinese Literary Prose, Chinese Intellectual History, Classical Chinese (KI1400, Advanced Level).

The Karlgren Seminar

Together with Fredrik Fällman I run the Bernhard Karlgren Seminar Series.


  • MSE Sino-methodologies, a draft
  • MSE Does the Metaphor Translate?
  • MSE Phantasmatic Tomb
  • MSE One Lucky Bastard
  • MSE Inscripton and re-reading
  • MSE Illusion, Lie, and Metaphor
  • MSE Comparative Poetics in the Raw
  • MSE The Value of Misinterpretation
  • MSE Academic Imaginary (Chinese)
  • MSE Glossa Sacra
  • MSE Translatio