Mårten Söderblom Saarela
My research interests include the history of scholarship, education, and the study of language in the Qing empire (1644–1911). I'm working on a dissertation on lexicography and phonology covering the late seventeenth century to the last decades of the dynasty, looking primarily at Manchu dictionaries and Manchu-inspired theoretical treatises on language.
As an undergraduate, I studied at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 before transferring to Stockholm University, where I earned a B.A. in French with a minor in Chinese. Next, I went to China for about two years, working, studying at Tongji University, and traveling. I then completed an M.A. in Sinology from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Following this, I studied Korean for a year, first for one semester at my Swedish alma mater and then for five months at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.