« Juni 2023 »
Sie sind hier: Startseite Personnel 职员 Teaching Staff 教职人员 Royston Anthony Lin, M.A

Royston Anthony Lin, M.A

Sabine Dabringhaus (February 2019)

Royston Anthony Lin, M.A.


Office: KG IV, Room 4425 

Office Hours: Please e-mail Royston Lin to make an appointment.

Telephone: 0761/203-3418

Email: royston.lin@geschichte.uni-freiburg.de


Doctoral Project

Catholic Veneration of Saints in Ming and Qing China

This dissertation project will focus on the practice of venerating and honouring saints among the Christians in China during the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Using devotions to saints as a springboard, this study hopes to contribute to a greater understanding of the tangled and ambivalent relationship between Catholicism and Chinese belief systems, how Catholicism was integrated (if at all) into the religious and sociocultural landscape of the late imperial period, as well as how Chinese Christians interpreted and practised these devotions. 

To achieve these wider objectives, this research seeks to examine at three areas pertaining to the Catholic veneration of saints set against the religious and sociocultural backdrop of late imperial China: first, the custom of honouring the dead (saints) as spiritual advocates in the Christian tradition; second, the cult of (that is, the various types of devotions to) Catholic saints among Chinese Christians; and third, the ways to remember these heavenly friends. Pulling these different threads together, the study will finally look at how the Chinese mission contributed to the making of saints when Christianity was later outlawed. Some of those who perished during this period of Christian persecution were later collectively canonised by the late Pope John Paul II in 2000.


Research Interests

  • Late-Imperial Chinese History
  • History of Religions
  • Christian Missiology
  • Folk Culture and Beliefs
  • Cross-Cultural Interactions

Employment History

  • 08/2021 Present
    Research Associate and Lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter), Professorship of East Asian History, Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 01/2020 – 05/2021
    Heritage and Research Assessment Division, National Heritage Board, Singapore
  • 09/2019 – 01/2020
    Curatorial Project Manager,
    Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Singapore
  • 10/2017 – 08/2019
    Research Assistant,
    Modern and Contemporary History, Department of History, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • 04/2017 – 08/2019
    Research Assistant,
    Professorship of East Asian History, Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 04/2015 – 09/2016
    Manager, Heritage and Research Assessment Division, National Heritage Board, Singapore
  • 04/2014 – 04/2015
    Assistant Manager,
    Preservation of Sites and Monuments Division, National Heritage Board, Singapore



  • 08/2021 present
    Doctoral Candidate in Modern and Contemporary History,
    Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 04/2017 – 07/2019
    Master of Arts (History – Early Modern Period),
    Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 08/2009 – 12/2014
    Bachelor of Arts (History),
    National University of Singapore, Singapore


  • 08/2017 – 08/2019
    Scholarship Program for Foreign Students (Ausländerförderung),
    Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), Germany

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Historisches Seminar
Lehrstuhl für Außereuropäische Geschichte
Rempartstraße 15 - KG IV
79085 Freiburg im Breisgau
Deutschland / Germany

KG IV, Room 4337
dienstags, 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr
Tuesdays, 10:00 - 12:00
Research Assistants

KG IV, Room 4306
For other contact information, please visit the respective pages of personnel and office hours.
Benutzerspezifische Werkzeuge