International Inauguration The Humboldt Center for Transdisciplinary Studies (HCTS)

Humboldt goes China

Prof. Dr. Ottmar is the Director of the new launched Humboldt Center for Transdisciplinary Studies (HCTS) at the Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China. Together with Dr. Ren Haiyan, Deputy Director, he creates a new scientific network for scholars between Europe and China. 

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The Humboldt Center for Transdisciplanery Studies (HCTS) at Hunan Normal University has been created to introduce and promote the study on the life and works of the German naturalist, travel writer and philosopher Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) in China, with a particular focus on his relationship with China and Central Asia.

With its headquarters at Hunan Normal University, the Center seeks to offer services to broaden the scientific networks and intensify scholary exchanges between China and Europa. It hosts scholars not only from Hunan Normal University but also from China in their research on modern German and European social sciences by encouraging researchers – PhD-projects as well as post-doc research – in disciplinary and transdisciplinary fields.

As a platform of knowledge, the Center is transdisciplinary in its presence as well as its intention. It coordinates and organizes workshops and conferences dedicated to the importance of China for Humboldt’s transdisciplinary research to promote cross-disciplinary research between literature and society, culture and geography, history and languages, and to strengthen relationship between China and Germany as well as Europa at a general level.



Director: Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette

Deputy Director: Dr. Ren Haiyan

Secretary: Fan Ni, Li Yaqing


Ren Haiyan Deputy Director

Ren Haiyan is Associate Professor at the English department of Hunan Normal University, Deputy Director of the Humboldt Center for Transdisciplinary Studies, Managing Editor for two academic journals《外国语言与文化》 and Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Secretary to the Chinese English Literature Association. From 2010 till 2011, she worked at Xiamen University as Assistant Professor. She received the doctorate in March 2010 from Nanjing University. From 2007 to 2008, she studied as a visiting student at the University of Washington, Seattle. From 2014 to 2015, she worked as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Address: Foreign Studies College, Room 310

Lushan Road 36, Yuelu District, Changsha, Hunan, China.


Publications, Translations, Awards & Fellowships

Impressions of the Inauguration Day on 14th September 2020



at Hunan Normal University



Dr. Ren Haiyan

Deputy Director



Prof. Dr. Zeng Yanyu

Dean of Foreign Language College



Wang Tiegang

From Social Sciences Department



Prof. Dr. Jiang Hongxin

Chancellor of Hunan Normal University



Dr. Tobias Kraft

BBAW Germany



Unveiling of the Official Plaque

by Dr. Ren Haiyan & Prof. Dr. Jiang Hongxin

Unveiling of the Official Plaque

by Dr. Ren Haiyan & Prof. Dr. Jiang Hongxin


Prof. Dr. Martin Woesler

Hunan Normal University


Wang Bingjun

Prof. Dr. Wang Bingjun

Beijing Foreign Studies University


Ottmar 6

Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette

Universität Potsdam

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