Helena Jaskov

Helena Jaskov, Dr. des.

Postdoctoral Researcher

"Lives in Transit"

Office KO2 F 169

Tel.: +41 (0)44 634 38 91


Current project

Patient, Sailor, Soldier, Foe: The Onboard Community of the Hospital Ship (working title)

This DACH subproject offers an innovative new research framework by bringing into dialogue two major historiographies—maritime history and the history of medicine—that have previously only engaged with each other from afar. The empirical base of the project is an extended study of Japanese and Russian hospital ships during the Russo-Japanese War (1904–05). These ships were sites of specific communities. The Japanese hospital ships accommodated Russian prisoners and Japanese patients from the Manchurian battlefront, Japanese surgeons, Japanese and non-Japanese nurses, and Japanese crew.

The project combines an interest in intellectual history, history of medicine and social history. The ships' journeys offer historians a lens through which to examine questions such as the concept of ‘health’ and ‘care’ as understood by different onboard parties; tensions over the respective authority of medical staff and crew while on board as opposed to on land; the status of female nurses within the shipboard community; and the introduction of advanced medical equipment on board, thus making the ship also a site of scientific experiment.

Education and Professional Experience


April 2017        

DACH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Historisches Seminar, University of Zurich

2017 PhD in Transcultural Studies/Intellectual History, University of Heidelberg
Oct 2014 – July 2015 Assistant professor [M.A.] at the Institute of Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg
2013 MA in Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies, University of Heidelberg


"Der Kangxi-Atlas und die Reichschronik: Verwendung von Karten und Ordnung des Raums." In: Raum und Grenze in den China-Studien, edited by Roland Altenburger and Esther Bentmann. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2016, pp. 39–60.


Conference Presentations

Die Entstehung einer hybriden Karte: Darstellungen von Heilongjiang in Qing-zeitlichen Lokalchroniken, 24. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Vereinigung für Chinastudie (DVCS) "Raum und Grenze", Würzburg, (November, 2013)

The Impact of Clinical Psychiatry on Melancholia as a Category, Conference "Gloom Goes Global: Towards a Transcultural History of Melancholy since 1850", Institute for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg, (October, 2014)

Der russisch-japanische Wissensaustausch auf dem Gebiet der Psychiatrie (1900–1920). Workshop: Wissensproduktion und Wissenszirkulation zwischen Russland und Asien. Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. (May, 2015)

The Insane Deserter: Visions of Mental Hygiene in the Russo-Japanese War. The Ninth World Congress of ICCEES (International Council for Central and East European Studies), Makuhari, Japan (August, 2015)

Die Kartographieprojekte des Kangxi-Kaisers. Konfuzius-Institut Heidelberg, (November 2015)