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Dr. Yegor Grebnev-Visiting Research Fellow
Ph.D. Oriental Studies, the University of Oxford

Brief Profile

Dr. Yegor Grebnev received his PhD in Oriental Studies at Oxford University in 2017. He then served as a junior Fellow at Merton College, Oxford from 2016 to 2019. Currently, he is a Junior Fellow at Southern University of Science and Technology. Dr. Yegor Grebnev’research interests lie in the areas of comparative history, manuscript and epigraphic studies and comparative philology.



September 2019 –

Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, SUSTech, Shenzhen, China
Junior Fellow

teaching and research in the liberal bilingual environment of one of China’s most ambitious young universities

October 2016 – August 2019 

Merton College, Oxford
Junior Research Fellow in Oriental Studies

completed a monograph Unveiling Scriptural Traditions of Ancient China, under review at Columbia University Press, and four research articles

organized four graduate workshops with the world’s leading experts

conducted two international conferences

played the leading role in the establishment of an interdisciplinary open-access journal Manuscript and Text Cultures



Fall Term 2020

SUSTech: “In search of ancient Chinese religion”

Responsibilities: course design, teaching, grading

Spring Term 2020 

SUSTech: “Introduction to the World’s Foundational Texts”
Responsibilities: course design, teaching, grading

Trinity Term 2018  

Oxford University: Tutorial “Introduction to ancient Chinese philosophy”
Responsibilities: course design, tutorial sessions, grading

Michaelmas Term 2016

Oxford University: Small group class (4-15 students) “Ancient Chinese philosophical texts”
Responsibilities: teaching

Michaelmas Term 2014 – Trinity Term 2015

Oxford University: Small group class “Ancient Chinese philosophical texts”
Responsibilities: teaching, grading

Michaelmas Term 2014 – Trinity Term 2015

Oxford University: Option course “Myth of the Confucian classic in the Warring States period”
Responsibilities: course design, teaching, tutorial sessions, exam paper marking

Hilary Term 2015

Graduate seminar “Traditional East Asia”

Responsibilities: design and teaching of a seminar class “Writing and texts”

Michaelmas Term 2014

Oxford University: Lecture course “East Asian survey”

Responsibilities: design and delivery of lectures on ancient Chinese script and literacy

Michaelmas Term 2014   

Oxford University: Tutorial “Concepts and terms of ancient Chinese philosophy”
Responsibilities: tutorial sessions

September 2011 – January 2012  

Lomonosov Moscow State University: Small group class in Russian-Chinese translation
Responsibilities: course design, teaching



October 2012 – January 2017

Oxford University, Institute of Oriental Studies

DPhil (PhD) in Oriental Studies
Thesis topic: The core chapters of the Yi Zhou shu (Supervisor: Prof Dirk Meyer)

September 2010 – June 2012

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Institute of Asian and African Studies

Master of Oriental and African Studies (Distinction)
Dissertation topic: The formation of calendrical and phenological notions in ancient China according to the Yi Zhou shu (Supervisor: Dr Sergey Dmitriev)

September 2011 – January 2012,

September 2008 – July 2009

Peking University

Exchange student

September 2005 – June 2010

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Institute of Asian and African Studies

Bachelor of Oriental and African Studies (Distinction)



September 2017 – April 2018

Fudan University, Research Centre for Excavated Texts and Palaeography
Visiting scholar

December 2016

Wuhan University, Center for Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts

Visiting scholar

September 2015 – February 2016

Tokyo University, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia

Visiting scholar



2017 – 2018 

Confucius Institute “Understanding China” fellowship
Support of an academic visit to Fudan University, 4 months


Oxford University China Centre; Davis Fund
Funding for Oxford Ancient Chinese Workshop

2015 – 2016

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation doctoral fellowship


Oxford University, Wolfson College: Lorne Thyssen Research Fund for Ancient World
Funding for participation in archaeological excavation of a bronze-age period site in Western Siberia

2012 – 2015

Oxford University, Wolfson College: Clarendon and Isaiah Berlin scholarship
Full scholarship covering academic tuition and living expenses

2011 – 2012,

2008 – 2009

Ministry of Education of China: visiting studentship at Peking University
Full scholarship covering academic tuition and living expenses.

2010 – 2012

Lomonosov Moscow State University: master's degree
Full scholarship covering academic tuition


V.M. Kryukov memorial prize for the best dissertation in History of China

2005 – 2010

Lomonosov Moscow State University: bachelor's degree

Full scholarship covering academic tuition



July 2010 –June 2012

CNews, part of RBC media group, Moscow, Russia

Analyst (Information Technology)
- accomplished market analysis projects with tight time frames, presenting complex technical information orally and in writing to non-specialist audiences

October 2002 – July 2008

ALT Linux, Moscow, Russia
Project Manager, Analyst (Information Technology)
- supervised advanced R&D projects for public and private-sector customers

September 2000 – August 2001

Zone3000, Kharkov, Ukraine
Project Manager (Information Technology)
- successfully led teams of software developers in projects for international customers



“Aural-mnemonic architectonics of ancient Chinese philosophical texts. An approach inspired by Soviet Sinology and South Asian Parallels” in Monumenta Serica 68.2 (forthcoming December 2020).

“Numerical lists of foundational knowledge in early Chinese and early Buddhist traditions” in Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques 74.4 (forthcoming November 2020).

With Konstantin Chugunov and Jessica Rawson: “Allies and victims of Shang China” in Stratum Plus 2020(2). In Russian.

從文體角度再論“太公”文獻系統與《逸周書》之間的關係 (“The connection between the Yi Zhou shu and the ‘Grand Duke’ traditions from the form-critical viewpoint”) in Tōyō bunka 99 (2019). In Chinese.

“The record of King Wu of Zhou's royal deeds in the Yi Zhou shu in light of Near Eastern royal inscriptions” in Journal of the American Oriental Society 2018(1).

“The Yi Zhou shu and the Shang shu: the case of texts with speeches” in: Martin Kern and Dirk Meyer (eds.) The Classic of Documents and the Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

“Evolutsiya pamyati o zhouskom zavoyevanii Shan” (“The evolution of memory of the Zhou conquest of Shang”) in Vostok, 2016(4). In Russian.

“Formirovaniye sistemy posmertnyh imyon v Drevnem Kitaye po dannym pis'mennyh istochnikov” (“The formation of the system of posthumous names in Ancient China according to written sources”) in Sinologi mira k yubileyu Stanislava Kuchery (“Contributions from an international community of Sinologists on the occasion of the anniversary of Stanislav Kuczera”), Moscow: Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2013. In Russian.


Wang Haicheng. Writing and the Ancient state: Early China in Comparative Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. In: OCCT Review, April 2015.

Raaflaub, Kurt A., ed. Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World. Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, Massachusetts: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. In: OCCT Review, November 2014.


“Numerical lists in per-imperial China and early Buddhism” at the workshop “Buddhism and Ethnicity in the Period of Sixteen Kingdoms,” Peking University, 21 June 2019. In Chinese.

“The Emergent Practices of Systematic Historiographic Evaluation in the Yi Zhou Shu 逸周書 and the Grand Duke 太公 Traditions” at the conference “Rethinking Early Chinese Historiography”, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 12-16 May 2019.

“Relocation of the capital as the leitmotif in the Shang shu and its historical implications” at the Bernhard Karlgren seminar series, University of Gothenburg, 15 April 2019.

“Co-penetration of literature and epigraphy in the fourth century BC” at Society for the Study of Early China 2019, Denver, 21 March 2019.

“Architectonics of Ancient Chinese Texts Revisiting the Soviet Structuralist Approach” at XXII biennial conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies, Glasgow, 31 August 2018.

“A form-critical approach to identification of the shu texts” at the conference “Archaeological Texts and Textual Archaeology”, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 28 June 2018.

“太公書”是否應該歸類於“書”類文獻 (Should the “Grand Duke” traditions be counted as part of Chinese scriptures?), talk given at Wuhan University, 13 April 2018. In Chinese.

中國戰國時代的“聖經”(“The Chinese ‘holy scriptures’ during the Warring States period (5th-3rd centuries BC)“), talk given at Tongji University in Shanghai, 8 April 2018. In Chinese.

“Deciding the eternal fate of defeated enemies: politics of posthumous names in early medieval China” at “Memory sanctions and damnatio memoriae, c. 200AD - c. 800AD”, Cambridge, 5-6 September 2017.

“Why there is no genre unity in the pre-imperial corpus of the shu (authoritative writings)” at the International Conference on “Confucian Canon Studies, Literary Genre and Literary Style”, Trier, 21-23 July 2017.

“Ancient China: a civilisation that we are only beginning to discover”, a public lecture delivered for Quandrivium and Gedankendach at the Chernivtsi National University, 29 March 2017. In Russian.

“The many origins and multiple descendants of the Warring States authoritative writings (shu)” at the Society for the Study of Early China Fifth Annual Conference, Toronto, 16 March 2017.

“Royal treasures, secret texts and the forgotten esoteric communities of pre-imperial China” at the Oxford University China Centre, 19 January 2017.

“Pre-Buddhist suttas of the Warring States China? Structural proximity between the suttas of the Pāli canon and the kingly consultations of the Yi Zhou shu” at the Early China Seminar, SOAS, 2 December 2016.

“On the notion of "authoritative writings" (shu 書) in ca. 5th-3rd centuries BC” at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, 4 November 2016.

“’Detachment’ of epigraphic texts and its influence on textual exchange in Eastern Zhou China” at XXI biennial conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies, St. Petersburg, 23-28 August 2016.

古代中国諡法の起源:史書から礼書への発展 (“Textual origins of the order of posthumous names in Ancient China: how a historical commentary became a ritual manual”) at ASNET&GJS Seminar, Tokyo, 5 November 2015. In Japanese.

“The record of King Wu of Zhou's royal deeds in the Yi Zhou shu in the light of Near Eastern royal inscriptions” at “Young Scholars' Forum in Chinese Studies 2015”, Hong Kong, 7-9 May 2015.

“The Yi Zhou shu and the Shang shu: the case of texts with speeches” at “The Classic of Documents and the Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy: An Oxford-Princeton Research Collaboration”, Oxford,  21-22 March 2014.

“What is in a Chinese posthumous name?” at XIX biennial conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies, Paris,  5-8 September 2012.

“The role of medieval emendations in the textual transmission of the Yi Zhou shu” at the Fifth conference “Chinese Civilisation: Traditions and Modernity”, Kyiv, 2010. In Russian.

“Some observations concerning the textual history of the Yi Zhou shu” at XL conference “Obschestvo i gosudarstvo v Kitae” (“Society and state in China”), Moscow, 2010. In Russian.


Project member/translator: English translation project of the Warring States bamboo manuscripts held at the Tsinghua University.

Production editor and Issue editor of the open-access journal Manuscript and Text Cultures established by the Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures at The Queen’s College, Oxford (first issues scheduled for 2020; journal preview available at

Treasure Texts in East Asian Traditions.

Practices of Literary Composition, Performance and Memorization in Ancient China and India.

Historiographic Genres in China and Mesopotamia (graduate workshop in Shenzhen in 2021 with a book publication planned for 2022).


Oxford Ancient Chinese Workshop: a series of study events for advanced graduate students from any institution focusing on important under-taught aspects of Classical Chinese:

July 2017: with Professors William Baxter and Chen Jian;

December 2017: with Professor Christoph Harbsmeier;

December 2018: with Dr Donald Sturgeon;

July 2019: with Professor George Starostin.

Early Text Cultures: a comparative seminar for the study of pre-modern texts at Oxford organizer and convener, 2013–2019.


Referee of articles: Early China, Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies.

Board member: Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures, The Queen's College, Oxford, since 2015.

Governing Board member: Merton College, Oxford, 2016–2019.


Modern: Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian.

Ancient: Classical Chinese, Pāli, Slavonic.