2015 Yenching Scholars
Ricarda Brosch

Ricarda Brosch

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Ricarda Brosch graduated from the Art History Department of Freie Universität Berlin in 2015. She studied East Asian Art History as a major and China Studies as a minor and wrote her thesis on a 17th century handscroll of the Qing-dynasty artist Fan Qi 樊圻 - one of the 'Eight Masters of Jinling' (金陵八家). Besides her research on traditional Chinese landscape painting, Ricarda became involved in provenance research, studying and analyzing archival sources in order to establish former Jewish owners of art works - a major political objective of the German government. She has gained work experience in various galleries and museums of Asian Art and was awarded a scholarship to PKU in 2013 for one semester of Chinese language study. While at the Yenching Academy Ricarda enjoyed deepening her understanding of Chinese art and culture and improving her Chinese language skills.

Katrin Heilmann

Katrin Heilmann

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Katrin M. Heilmann graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (hons) in Chinese and History. At Yenching Academy she is specializing in Politics and International Relations. She spent three months in Shanghai researching Chinese civil defence in connection with the Third Line Policy 1956-70 and is writing her thesis on the role of scientists in China’s evolving position on disarmament and non-proliferation, 1974-1997. Her wider research interests include Chinese nuclear history and strategy, Sino-European relations during the Cold War and Chinese foreign policy. 

Tobias Röcker

Tobias Röcker

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Tobias Röcker studied political science at the Freie Universität Berlin, and European studies at the University of Leuven. His thesis at Leuven provided a theoretical exploration of power dynamics in informal negotiations within the European Union. Tobias has a track record of volunteering with projects focusing on human rights, social innovation, as well as the foreign policy of China.