Samira Müller

Samira Müller, M.A.

Researcher SNSF Project

PhD Candidate Chinese Studies

Room number: RAA H-28

samira.mueller@aoi.uzh.ch

Personal Background

2019–present PhD study in Chinese Studies, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich. Research project “Sino-Indo-Iranica rediviva – Early Eurasian migratory terms in Chinese and their cultural implications”, supported by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF) since 2019
Provisional thesis title: “Made in the western regions or beyond? Foreign products as reflected in Indian loan words found in excavated and transmitted texts from the Han-Dynasty”, Supervisors: Prof. Wolfgang Behr, Prof. Enno Giele (Universität Heidelberg), Prof. Ingo Strauch (UNIL).
2016–2019 M.A. study study in Sinology [major] and Sanskrit [minor], Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich.
Final thesis title: The Chinese reception of Indian medical knowledge through Buddhist vinaya texts.
2012–2013 Chinese Language program, Yangzhou University, Jiangsu, China.
2011–2016 B.A. in Sinology [major], Sanskrit, and Physics [minors], Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich.

Research Interests

Eurasian linguistic, material, and cultural contact, loan words/phonetic borrowings from Indian languages; Han dynastic manuscripts; early Buddhist texts and their translation; medical texts

PhD Project

Within the frame of the SNF project “Sino-Indo-Iranica rediviva – Early Eurasian migratory terms in Chinese and their cultural implications” I am responsible for investigating possible Indian backgrounds of loan words in ancient and medieval Chinese manuscripts and transmitted texts.

My personal project “Made in the western regions or beyond? Foreign products as reflected in Indian loan words found in excavated and transmitted texts from the Han-Dynasty” focusses on pre-Buddhist phonetic borrowings and other loans in the Chinese language as they can be found in the Han dynastic manuscripts from the North-western border region.