Mgr. Martin Blahota, Ph.D.


  • Colonial modernity and identities in East Asia
  • Modern Chinese literature
  • Intellectual history of modern China
  • Asianism
  • Manchukuo



  • 2017 – 2022: Ph.D. in Literatures of Asia and Africa, Charles University. Thesis: “The Sinitic Nexus: Becoming Asian in the Chinese-language Literature of Manchuria under Japanese Rule”
  • 2012 – 2016: Mgr. (M.A.) degree in Chinese studies, Charles University. Thesis: “Early Prose Works by Gao Xingjian”
  • 2008 – 2012: Bc. (B.A.) degree in Chinese Studies, Charles University. Thesis: “Gao Xingjian: 1980s Short Stories”



  • From 1/2023: Czech Academy of Sciences, Oriental Institute, Research Fellow
  • 9/2021 – 5/2022: Harvard University, Fulbright-Masaryk Scholar
  • 1 – 7/2020: National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan Fellow
  • 9 – 10/2018: East China Normal University, Visiting Scholar
  • 1 – 2/2018: Academia Sinica, Oriental Institute Research Center in Taiwan, Visiting Scholar



  • 2022. Scholarship for Young Researchers, 2022/2023 (Jan Hus Educational Foundation, Brno).
  • 2022, 2021, 2020. Award for Outstanding Research Achievement (Faculty of Arts, Charles University).
  • 2020, 2019, 2018. Specific University Research Grant (Faculty of Arts, Charles University).
  • 2017. Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (Ministry of Education, Taiwan).
  • 2017. First place in translation from Chinese to Czech, translation of Gao Xingjian’s short story “Za řekou” [Beyond The River 河那邊] (Czech-Chinese Association, Olomouc branch).





  • August 17, 2022. “爵青的《哈爾濱》新讀: 傾向於王道而反對西方現代性” [New Reading of Jue Qing’s “Harbin”: Favouring Wangdao over Western Modernity]. Colonialism and Cultural Interaction among Taiwan, Manchuria, and Korea International Symposium, Tokyo (online).
  • August 25, 2021. “Limits of Freedom of Speech Before and After ‘Liberation’: Social Criticism in Chinese Literature of the Northeast Around 1945.” ICAS 12 Conference, Kyoto (online).
  • August 25, 2021. “More than Western and anti-Western: Akutagawa’s Devils in Fiction of East Asian Colonial Subjects.” EACS 2021 Conference, Leipzig (online).
  • September 2, 2020. “From a ‘Modern Girl’ to a Teenage Thief: Representation of Women in Jue Qing’s Fiction.” AAS-in-Asia 2020 Conference, Kobe (online). Panel organizer.
  • May 27, 2020. “‘The Prostitute’ in Manchukuo’s Proletarian Literature.” Global Chinese Literature Research seminar, Center for Chinese Studies, Taipei.
  • November 23, 2019. “Perspektivy čínských, japonských, korejských a ruských spisovatelů v Mandžukuu” [Perspectives of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian Writers in Manchukuo]. The 13th Annual Czech and Slovak Sinological Conference, Olomouc.
  • September 22, 2019. “殖民地文化审查制度作为创新的启示:伪满洲国作家爵青对西方文学作品的引用为例” [Colonial Censorship as an Inspiration for Innovation: Manchukuo Writer Jue Qing’s References to Western Literary Works as an Example]. International Symposium on East Asian Colonialism, Changchun, China.
  • April 26, 2019. “Vzdor vůči japonské nadvládě v Jue Qingově historické próze” [Resistance Against Japanese Rule in Jue Qing’s Historical Fiction]. Orientalia Antiqua Nova colloquium, Plzeň.
  • March 9, 2019. “The Modernist Writer and Censor Jue Qing’s Art of Escaping Censorship: Symbols, Allusions, Parody and Perfect Lies”. International workshop “Censorship and Self-Censorship – China and Chinese Studies,” organized by European Association for Chinese Studies, Prague.
  • November 24, 2018. “Representation of Manchukuo in Early Work of The Modernist Writer Jue Qing”. The 12th Annual Czech and Slovak Sinological Conference, Prague.
  • November 24, 2017. “Ideologický konformismus raných novel Gao Xingjiana” [Ideological Conformism in Gao Xingjian’s Early Novellas]. The 11th Annual Czech and Slovak Sinological Conference, Bratislava.