Mgr. Jakub Hrubý, Ph.D.


  • political, social and institutional history od Medieval China
  • non-Han dynasties and states in Chinese history, interaction between the Han and non-Han dynasties in Chinese history and historiography
  • titled nobility, elites of the disunion period
  • process of political legitimization, ideal rule rand the models of ideal ruler
  • China and the Chinese in South East Asia
  • history and culture of Burma / Myanmar
  • 2004-2012    PhD program of history and culture of Asian and African countries at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University, Prague.
  •                      (thesis: The Titled Nobility of the Western Jin Dynasty, 265-316 A.D. defended in September 2012)
  • 1999-2000    Modern Chinese language course at the Foreign Student Department of the Nanjing University, Nanjing (Nanjing daxue waiguo liuxuesheng zhongxin 南京大學外國留學生中心).
  • 1997-2004    MA program of sinology at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague.
  • 2003-             Researcher at the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
  • 2004-             External Lecturer at the Department of the Far East, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague (Selected Chapters form the History of Imperial China, Non-Han Dynasties in Chinese History).
  • 2010-             External Lecturer at the Centre for Chinese Studies, Philosophical Faculty, Masaryk University in Brno (History of China, Non-Han Dynasties in Chinese History).
  • 2007-2008    Scholarship of the Czech-Anglo Educational Fund (one year stay at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University as a visiting PhD student). 
  • 2002-2008    Lector in the Collection of Asian Art of the National Gallery, Prague (Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist Art).
Grants and Awards
  • 2015-2017     member of a research team of the grant awarded by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic GA ČR GA15-21829S – Chinese Cultural Diplomacy – the Role of the Non-State Actors and Regional variations
  • 2013-2015    participation in the CHINET grant project (Networking project of the Chinese Studies), reg. n. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0152 of the Palacký University in Olomouc
  • 2012               participation in the grant project: „Zvyšování kvality vzdělávání na FF UK prostřednictvím rozvoje spolupráce s výzkumnými pracovišti Akademie věd ČR“ at the Far East Department of the Faculty of Arts,

Charles University, Prague, CSM 119 (preparing and teaching of a lecture series „Non-Han Dynasties in Chinese History“ winter term 2012/2013)

  • 2004               JUDr Karel Engliš Award for the best graduate of the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague.
Conferences and workshops
  • 13th Annual Czech-Slovak Sinological Conference, Olomouc, 24. 11. 2019: Chinese Rule in A mdo? Local History of Guide, Qinghai Province (together with Jarmil Ptáčková). 
  • Early Medieval China Workshop, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, 14. – 15. 11. 2018: Threat to the Altars of Soil and Grain: The Image of Unworthy Ruler in Medieval China
  • Early Medieval China Workshop, Prague, 10. 11.2017: Creating Moral Order - Symbolic Use of Enfeoffment in an Early Medieval Chinese Court Struggle.  
  • Association of Asian Studies in Asia Conference, Seoul, 25. 6. 2017: Non-Han Lords of the Realm: Noble Titles, Integration and Legitimacy in Early Medieval China.  
  • Regional Variations and the Role of Local Actors in Chinese Cultural Diplomacy, Prague, 23. 2. 2017: Establishing a Common Ground: Zheng He’s Voyages as a Part of China's Cultural Diplomacy towards Southeast Asia.  
  • Dynamics of Power: Political, Sociocultural, Religious, and Economic Structures in Past & Present Amdo, Prague, 31. 1. 2017: Rule and Authority along the Sino-Tibetan Frontier - The Kokonor Region during the imperial period. Project Introduction (together with Per Sorensen and Jarmila Ptáčková).  
  • Tenth Annual Czech-Slovak Sinological Conference, Brno, 25. – 26. 11. 2016: Possibilities of the Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in Malaysia – Tensions within the Special Relationship.
  • 23rd European Association of Chinese Studies Biennial Conference, St. Petersburg, 23. – 28. 8. 2016: Necrology of Empress Yang and the Life of an Empress in Medieval Sources.
  • New Approaches to the Study of Biographical Writing in Early Medieval China, Leipzig, 9. 4. 2016: Zuo Fen’s Necrology of Empress Yang – Legitimizing the Dynasty through Funeral Texts.
  • Ninth Annual Czech-Slovak Sinological Conference, Prague, 27. – 28. 11. 2015: The place of the Royal Family in the imperial vision of the Ming Founder.
  • Workshop Temporal Dimensions of Space in Imperial China, Leipzig, 20. 6. 2015: Use of Predicates in Bestowing Noble Dignities on Non-Han Rulers during the Jin Dynasty: Integration and Legitimacy during the Disunion Period.
  • Conference on the History and Culture of Early Medieval China, UP Olomouc, 11. 5. 2015: Enfeoffment as a Means of Political Legitimacy during the Upheaval of the Eight Princes (291-306 A.D.).
  • Seventh Annual Czech-Slovak Sinological Conference, Philosophical Faculty of the Komensky University, Bratislava, November 8-9, 2013 (paper presented: „Non-Han Rulers as Members of Titled Nobility – Legitimacy and Integration during the Disunion“).
  • Sixth Annual Czech-Slovak Sinological Conference, the Department of the Far East and the Chiang Ching-Kuo International Sinological Centre at the Charles University, Prague, November 9-10, 2012 (paper presented: „Enfeoffment as Means of Political Infighting during the Upheaval of the Eight Princes (291-306 A.D).“).
  • Fifth Annual Czech-Slovak Sinological Conference, Culture Studies of China Centre, Masaryk University, Brno, November 4-5, 2011 (paper presented: „Unequal among Equals – (In)dependent Existence of the Chouchi 仇池Kingdom (4.-6. cent.), Diplomacy and Legitimacy during the Age of Disunion“).
  • Ethnicity and Sinicization Reconsidered: Workshop on non-Han Empires in China (organized jointly by the Institute of Sinology of Ghent University and of the LMU Munich), University of Ghent, June 15-17, 2011.
  • Research Training in Old Chinese: History and Historiography Workshop (Arts and Humanities Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, and British Inter-university Chinese Centre), University of Cambridge, March 24-28, 2010.
  • Third Annual Czech-Slovak Sinological Conference, Philosophical Faculty of the Komensky University, Bratislava, December 4-5, 2009 (paper presented: „Titled Nobility of Medieval China – the Concept of Aristocracy and the Five Ranks Bestowal during the Jin Dynasty (265-420)“). 
  • China Research Workshop, Department of Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, April 22-23, 2008.
  • First Annual Czech-Slovak Sinological Conference, the Chiang Ching-Kuo International Sinological Centre at the Charles University, Prague, November 9-10, 2007 (paper presented: „Enfeoffment of the Imperial Princes during the Western and Eastern Jin Dynasty (265-420)“).
Other activities
  • Editor-in-chief of Novy Orient
  • A member of the Internal Board of the Oriental Institute