Welcome to the new Oriens Extremus website. Founded in 1954, Oriens Extremus has continuously been devoted to outstanding research dealing with East Asian cultural and intellectual history. In 2013, it launched a new series with a sharpened profile, designed to open up new prospects in East Asian studies and to promote the exchange with scholars from neighboring disciplines. More …


Power, Politics, and the State

Oriens Extremus 55 will include a special section on "Power, Politics, and the State" in ancient China. Focussing on formative texts from pre-Qin and early imperial times, the contributions are expected to shed light on the emergence of these and other key political concepts in early China. Combining philological acumen with inter-disciplinary approaches, the contributions are not necessarily restricted to single texts or specific "schools"; rather, political discourse as such is at issue.