Martin Svensson Ekström

Senior Lecturer

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


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. I began teaching at the University of Gothenburg in 2013..


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. My Origins of Chinese Literary Hermeneutics will be published by SUNY Press in 2021.

I was the editor of the Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (BMFEA) until 2020, and am currently a member of the advisory (or editorial) boards of Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles and Reviews (CLEAR), Oriens Extremus, Culture and Dialogue, and Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies.


History of Chinese Literature; Modern Chinese Literary Prose, Chinese Intellectual History, Classical Chinese; Chinese History.

The Karlgren Seminar

Together with Fredrik Fällman and Elena Pollacchi 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