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Area of specialisation: Chinese and comparative Philosophy
Areas of competence: Chinese history, Chinese cinema, world philosophy, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of education

Academic education:
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, USA: PhD in Philosophy, December 2004.
Dissertation: Learning through Li: The Confucian Process of Humanization through Ritual Propriety.
Supervisor: Roger T. Ames.

University College Cork, National University of Ireland: MA in Philosophy, October 1997.
Final thesis: The World as Myth and Mechanism: Giacomo Leopardi vs Kant and the Enlightenment.
Supervisor: Kath Jones.

University of Iceland: BA in Philosophy and Sociology, June 1994.
Final thesis: The last Human Beings: Nietzsche and Weber on the Value of Values and the truth about Truth.
Supervisor: Vilhjálmur Árnason.

Other higher education:
2013-2015: University of Iceland, School of Education, Teaching Studies for Higher Education, Postgraduate Diploma, June 2015.
2001-2003: Renmin University of China (中国人民大学), Beijing, P.R. China: Chinese studies and philosophy. Advanced Studies Certificate (进修证书), awarded July 2003.
1998-1999: Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany: Chinese studies.
1993-1994: Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany: studies in philosophy as Erasmus exchange student.

Academic honours, scholarships and fellowships:
From January 2017: Guest Professor in the Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University 华东师范大学, Shanghai, P.R. China.
July-August 2018: Lithuanian State Scholarship for Lithuanian Language and Culture Course for Foreigners, Klaipeda University, Lithuania.
April-June 2012: Visiting Senior Research Fellowship, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
February-March 2012: Guest Researcher at Nordic Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
June 2008: Visiting scholar at Jilin University, Changchun, China.
February 2005: Nordic Guest Researcher Scholarship, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen, Denmark.
August 2002-December 2004: East-West Center Fellow, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA.
April 2004: Nordic Guest Researcher Scholarship, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen, Denmark.
August 2002-May 2004: Wing-tsit Chan Scholarship in Chinese Philosophy.
September 2001-July 2003: Scholarship from China Scholarship Council.
October 1999-May 2002: Grant from the Fulbright Foundation.
October 1998-July 1999: Scholarship from the city of Kiel, Germany.
September 1995-June 1997: Studentship from University College Cork, Ireland.
September 1993-April 1994: Erasmus exchange scholarship at Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany.
July 1993-August 1993: Scholarship from DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst).

Academic employment:
From July 2016: Professor in Chinese Studies and Philosophy, Head of Chinese Studies, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, School of Humanities, University of Iceland.
July 2015-June 2017: Head of Faculty of Languages and Cultures, School of Humanities, University of Iceland.
July 2012-June 2015: Vice head of Faculty of Foreign Languages, Literature and Linguistics, School of Humanities, University of Iceland.
July 2010-June 2016: Associate Professor in Chinese Studies, Head of Chinese Studies, Department of Foreign Languages, Literature and Linguistics, School of Humanities, University of Iceland.
Since August 2006: Director of ASÍS – Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies, University of Iceland/University of Akureyri.
May 2008-August 2012: Director of Northern Lights Confucius Institute 北极光孔子学院, University of Iceland.
August 2007-July 2009: Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Iceland (head of programme).
August 2006-July 2007: Assistant Professor in Faculty of Education, University of Akureyri, Iceland.
August 2005-July 2006: Assistant Professor in Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, University of Akureyri, Iceland.
August 2000-July 2001: Teaching Assistant in philosophy, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (philosophy of education, philosophy for children).
September 1995-June 1997: Tutor in philosophy, University College Cork, Ireland (ethics, philosophy of mind).