Dr. Stefan Hübner

Website Stefan Hübner / Stefan Huebner / Stefan Hubner / Bundeswehr Universität München / History Department / Bundeswehr University Munich / University of the German Federal Armed Forces Munich / Jacobs University / Jacobs University Bremen / Asian Games / Far Eastern Championship Games / Far Eastern Olympics / Far Eastern Olympic Games / Western Asiatic Games / Global History / Transnational History / Sport / Muscular Christianity / Development / Modernization / YMCA / Offhore Oil Drilling / Offhore-Drilling / History of the Ocean / Development Policy / Environmental History

Dr. Stefan Hübner (Stefan Huebner)

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter ("Postdoctoral Research Fellow")

[+] Publications


  1. Japanese version: シュテファン・ヒューブナー著[Stefan Huebner]、高嶋航[Takashima Kō]・冨田幸祐[Tomita Kōsuke]訳、スポーツがつくったアジア。筋肉的キリスト教の世界的拡張 と建設される近代アジア、東京:一色出版[Isshiki Publishing]、2017.
  2. Podcast on the book: "The Pan-Asian Games", Sports in the Cold War Podcast Series, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars'
  3. E-dossier: Stefan Huebner, "Iranian Great Power Ambitions and China’s Return to the Olympic Movement, 1973-74", Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (November 2016)
  4. Invited article: Stefan Huebner, 伊朗助推中国重返奥运赛场背后的权力角逐 [Iran’s Help for China’s Return to the Olympic Movement and the Related Power Struggle], “The Paper”  / 澎湃 (14 Nov. 2016)
  5. Invited article: Stefan Huebner, Asia's Olympic Moment has its Roots in Cold War Politics, The Conversation (10 March 2017)
  6. Article: Jakarta Globe (22 Sept. 2016)
  7. Article: Cambodia Daily (3 Feb. 2017)
  8. Review (non-academic): Jakarta Post (8 Sept. 2016)
  9. Review (non-academic): The Nation (Bangkok) (11 Dec. 2016)
  10. Review (non-academic): bookish.Asia: The East Asian Book Review (9 May 2017)
  11. Review: Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde 172,4 (2016), 569–570.
  12. Review: Japan Forum (advance access, 29 Dec. 2016)
  13. Review: Choice Reviews (advance access: 54,9 (May 2017))
  14. Review: Sehepunkte 17,4 (2017)
  15. Review: Asian and African Studies (advance access, 2 May 2017)
  16. Review: Social Science Diliman 13,1 (2017), 78-81.
  17. Review: Journal of American-East Asian Relations 24,2-3 (2017), 290-292.
  18. Review: Asia Pacific Perspectives 15,1 (2017).
  19. Review: Journal of Sport History 44,3 (2017), 510-511.
  20. Review: Cross-Currents 24 (2017), 185-191.
  21. Review: Economic and Political Weekly 52,42-43 (28 Oct. 2017): 27-29.
  22. Review: Illes i Imperis 19 (2017): 208-211.
  23. Review: International Review for the Sociology of Sport  (advance access, 2017).
  24. Review: Philippine Studies 65,4 (2017): 537-541.
  25. Review: Asian Journal of Social Sciences 46,1-2 (2018): 211-213.
  26. Review: Pacific Affairs (2018), forthcoming.

Edited Volumes and Journal Issues

Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

  1. Reviewed on H-Diplo by Andrew D. Morris

Book Chapters

Articles (Non-Peer-Reviewed)


Recent Presentations

  • 26 April 2017, Five Colleges Japan Lecture Series, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Pan-Asianism, Asian Sporting Events, and Modern Japan, 1913-1974

  • 19 April 2017, Conference Reading Diplomatic Images in Postwar Southeast Asia, Yale-NUS College

    The Official Opening of the Senayan Sports Complex on 21 July 1962

  • 11 April 2017, Department of History, Northeastern University
    Pan-Asian Sports and the Emergence of Modern Asia, 1913-1974
  • 3 April 2017, Department of East Asia Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

    Pan-Asianism, Asian Sporting Events, and Modern Japan, 1913-1974

  • 29 March 2017, Center for European Studies Visiting Scholars Seminar, Harvard University

    City upon the Sea. Global Capitalism from Offshore Oil to Humanity’s Colonization of the Ocean

  • 19 March 2017, AAS Annual Conference 2017, Sheraton Centre Toronto
    Panel: The Protestant Mission and its Discontents in China and India

    The Creation of Pan-Asian Sporting Events in India and the “White Man’s Burden” in Reverse

  • 19 January 2017, Conference Mediating the Knowledge of Modernity: Global Perspectives on the ‘Secular’ Work of the YMCA (c. 1870 - 1970), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
    Panel: The YMCA and Social Engineering: Training Leaders and Spreading the Gospel of Democracy

    The YMCA, the First World War, and Global Sportive Democratization (1914-1929)

  • 13 December 2016, Southeast Asian Studies Colloquium, University of  Frankfurt

    “Ever Onward”:  Sporting Events and Development Policy in Cold War Southeast Asia (c. 1950s-1960s)

  • 11 December 2016, Conference The Reconstruction of East Asia, 1945-65, University of Cambridge
    Panel: New Forms of Rebuilding Relations
    Peaceful Internationalism, ‘Reborn’ Japan, and Non-Communist Asia
  • 14 October 2016, History Department Seminar Series, University of Indonesia

    “Turning Indonesia into the Beacon of a Non-Aligned Asia”: The Fourth Asian Games (Jakarta 1962) and the Games of the New Emerging Forces (Jakarta 1963)

  • 5 October 2016, Asia Research Institute Cluster Seminars, National University of Singapore

    Pan-Asian Sports and the Emergence of Modern Asia, 1913-1974

  • 22 September 2016, History Program Seminar Series, Nanyang Technological University

    The Asian Games and the Emergence of Nation-Branding during the “Decade of Development” (c. 1958-1970)

  • 25 August 2016, Co-organized conference “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of the Social Gospel in Asia, 1890s-1930s”, National University of Singapore
    Introductory Remarks
    Panel: The Mission of Education

    The Physical Evangelization of the many Nations of the World”: The International YMCA College in Springfield, MA, and Sportive Citizenship Training in Asia

  • 4 July 2016, 25th Annual Conference of the World History Association (WHA), University of Ghent
    Panel: “The YMCA's ‘Moral Empire’ and Global Social Transformation”

    “The Physical Evangelization of the many Nations of the World.” The YMCA, the Great War’s Legacy, and Global Sportive Democratization (1917-1929)

  • 31 May 2016, Environmental Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference 2016, University of Calgary

    City upon the Sea. Global Capitalism from Offshore Oil to Humanity’s Colonization of the Ocean

  • 12 May 2016, GHI Colloquium, German Historical Institute Washington

    The Seven Seas of Oil: Offshore Oil Drilling, Afro-Eurasia, and the Transformation of the Ocean

  • 2 April 2016, European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), University of Valencia - Panel: “Civilizing Missions during the Late 19th and Early 20th Century”

    Financing Fitness: American Philanthropy and the Scientification of the YMCA’s Physical Education Programs in East Asia (1910s-1920s)

  • 27 February 2016, Conference “Men and Nature”, Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich

    No Women, No Liquor: Offshore Oil Drilling, the Oceanic Environment, and Concepts of Manliness

  • 10 October 2015, Conference “Geschichte(n) der Zukunft: Außereuropäische Herausforderungen”, University of Bayreuth

    Die “westliche Zivilisierungsmission”, multiple Modernen und Mega Events: Die Far Eastern Championship Games, die frühen Asian Games und Visionen eines modernen Asiens

  • 24 September 2015, Conference “Gender and Empire. Exploring Comparative Perspectives and Intersectional Approaches”, University of Cologne - Panel: Masculinity, Femininity, and Sexuality

    Muscular Christianity and the Emergence of a “Modern Asia”: The YMCA, the YWCA, and the Far Eastern Championship Games (c. 1913-1934)

  • 6 June 2015,  Conference “Sport and Society in Transnational Contexts”, ETH Zurich - Panel: Global Events

    “Now, Who Is the Man who Isn’t Proud of a Stadium like this?” The Asian Games, Authoritarian Development, and Personality Cults (1962-1974)

  • 22 May 2015, Conference ‘A Great Divide? America between Exceptionalism and Transnationalism’, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich - Panel: Political Culture

    “Nobody Wants to Be like America” – The YMCA, the United States’ Asian Cold War Allies and Nation-Branding through Sports Events (c. 1913-1974)

  • 17 February 2015, Conference ‘(De-)Colonizing Knowledge: Figures, Narratives, and Practices’, Free University Berlin - Panel: Body Languages

    Analyzing the East Asian Body: (Post-)Colonial Physical Education between “Authoritarian High Modernism” and Nation-Building

  • 11 December 2014, A History of Exchange Programs in the XXth Century: Education, Circulation, and Transfer, University of Geneva - Panel: The Ambiguity of Internationalism

    The YMCA’s Sportive ‘Civilizing Mission’: Asian Sports Experts and the YMCA Training School (Springfield College)

  • 4 November 2014, Research Seminar of Professors Jürgen Osterhammel, Sven Reichardt, and Boris Barth, University of Konstanz

    “Asiatische Sportfeste und die westliche Zivilisierungsmission”: Die Far Eastern Championship Games, die frühen Asian Games und die Entstehung des modernen Asiens (1913–1974)

  • 6 September 2014, Fourth ENIUGH Congress, École Normale Supérieure, Paris - Co-convenor of panel: “Globalising Fitness: Transnational Histories of Sports and Physical Culture”

    Amateur Sports and the “Civilizing Mission” in East Asia (1910-1934): Elwood S. Brown, the YMCA and the Far Eastern Championship Games

  • 3 September 2014, International Summer School “Multiple Modernities”, University of Göttingen

    Building Asian Nations through Sports Events: The Transnational Communication of ‘Modernization’ and Development through the Asian Games and their Predecessors

  • 14 August 2014, SIAS Summer Institute “Cultural Encounters”, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC

    Failed Encounters: Nationalism and Olympism at the Far Eastern Championship Games and Early Asian Games

  • 6 August 2014, SIAS Summer Institute “Cultural Encounters”, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC  Images of the Sportive ‘Civilizing Mission’: The Far Eastern Championship Games (1913-1934) and Asian Modernization in English-Language Philippine Newspapers

  • 27 July 2014, Kautz Familiy YMCA Archives Research Colloquium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis                                      Research Project: Building Asian Nations through Sports Events (1913-1974). The YMCA and the Development of Sport in Asia

  • 9 May 2014, Conference ‘States of Exceptionalism – Globalization, Difference, Power’, Justus-Liebig University Giessen
  • ‘Exceptional Sports Policy’: The YMCA, American Colonialism, and the ‘Modernization’ of East Asia

  • 1 February 2014, Conference ‘Newspapers and Transculturality: New Approaches to Working with Historical Newspapers’, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg - Panel: Newspaper Events

    The Far Eastern Championship Games (1913-1934) in Newspapers: The Transcultural Communication of “Modernization” through Sport

  • 17 September 2013, 4th Flying University of Transnational Humanities ‘New Regionalisms’, University of Leipzig, Leipzig - Panel: Actors of and Events for New Regionalisms

    Building Asian Nations through Sports Events.

  • 6 September 2013, Conference ‘Reframing Diplomacy: New Diplomatic History in the Benelux and Beyond’, University of Leiden, Leiden - Panel:  Diplomacy Beyond the West

    Building Asian Nations through Sports Events: The Transnational Communication of ‘Modernization’ and Development through the Asian Games and their Predecessors.

  • 23 March 2013, AAS Annual Conference 2013, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego - Panel: Sports and Identity Politics in Modern Japan

    “Western” Sports as Christian Citizenship Training: The YMCA, the ‘Western Civilizing Mission’, and the Japanese Resistance to the Early Far Eastern Championship Games [Online-Presentation]

  • 22 March 2013, Workshop “Was macht Geschichte international? Perspektiven internationaler Geschichte im deutschsprachigen Raum. Workshop des Netzwerks Internationale Geschichte”, Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, Bonn - Panel: Dimensionen der Globalisierung

    Transnationale Geschichte, Multiple Modernen und Mega Events. Die frühen Asian Games und ihre Vorgänger (1913-1974)

  • 30 October 2012, 15th ‘Carrefour d’histoire du sport’, University of Rouen, Rouen - Panel: Asian Experiences of the Olympics

    Staging the Nation vs. Staging Asia: The Early Asian Games and their Predecessors (1913-1958)

  • 14 September 2012, Conference “Constructions of Race and Racism in East Asia: East-West Perspectives”, Bundeswehr University Munich, Munich

    “Uplifting the Weak and Degenerated Races of East Asia”. The “Western Civilizing Mission”, White Protestant Values, and the Idea of the Far Eastern Championship Games

  • 7 September 2012, BSSH Annual Conference 2012, University of Glasgow, Glasgow - Panel: Sport and Imperialism

    Muscular Christianity and the “Western Civilizing Mission”: Elwood Stanley Brown, the YMCA and the Global Promotion of Amateur Sports as Christian Citizenship Training

  • 25 July 2012, Conference “The Olympics and the ‘isms’”, Royal Holloway, London - Panel: Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism

    Turning Indonesia into the Beacon of a Non-Aligned Asia: The Asian Games in Indonesia in 1962

  • 24 July 2012, Third Sports and Society Conference, UniversitStaging the Iranian Nation: The Seventh Asian Games (Tehran 1974), “Modernization” and the Illustration of a “Glorious Past”

  • 20 July 2012, Co-organized workshop “Identity and the Nation in 20th Century Asia”, Jacobs University Bremen; Together with Co-Organizer Torsten Weber: Introduction

[+] CV

Fellowships and Scholarships

  • Visiting Scholarship, Asia Center, Harvard University
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
  • Research Fellowship, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Visiting Scholarship, Harvard University, Center for European Studies
  • Public Policy Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (German Historical Institute Washington, DC)
  • Doctoral Research Fellowship (German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo)
  • Doctoral Research Fellowship (German Historical Institute Washington)

Summer Institute Fellowship

  • SIAS Summer Institute 2013/14, 2+2 weeks (Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin; National Humanities Center, NC): "Cultural Encounters: Global Perspectives and Local Exchanges, 1750-1940"; Convenors: Jürgen Osterhammel / Harry Liebersohn; funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Travel and Conference Grants (third party funding)

  • Thyssen Foundation Conference Grant: "The Protestan Ethic and the Spirit of the Social Gospel in Asia, c. 1890s-1930s (National University of Singapore, August 2016)
  • Roosevelt Study Center Research Grant (RSC, Middelburg)
  • Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowship (Kautz Family YMCA Archives, University of Minnesota)
  • DAAD conference travel grants
  • Thyssen Foundation travel grant

Scholarships (while studying)

  • Exchange Scholarship Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz / Doshisha University (Doshisha University), 1 year
  • Intensive Course in Japanese Scholarship, Fall Class 2007 (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz / Nihon University); declined
  • Förderungsstipendium (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz): Magister Thesis
  • Free Mover Scholarship (DAAD), 1 semester
  • Erasmus Scholarship (EU), 1 semester

University Education

Ph.D. (Promotion), passed with distinction (mit Auszeichnung): Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
Title of thesis: "Building Asian Nations through Sports Events (1913-1974): The Far Eastern Championship Games, the Western Asiatic Games and the Early Asian Games."
Research trips to Switzerland (Lausanne - IOC, Geneva), UK (London), US (Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Springfield, MA), Japan (Tokyo), the Philippines (Manila), and Singapore
2008 - 2009
Terms abroad: Center for Japanese Language and Culture, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
Magister Artium (Major: Medieval and Modern History, Minors: Political Science, Philosophy), Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany (comparable to a Master’s degree)
Additional Subject "Japan Studies" completed, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany
2006 - 2007
Term abroad: University of Zürich, Switzerland
2004 - 2005
Term abroad: University of Glasgow, UK
Beginning of Magister Artium-studies at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

Research and Teachin Positions

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter ("Assistant Professor") at the Chair of Contemporary History--History of International Relations (Professur für Neueste Geschichte und Zeitgeschichte unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der internationalen Beziehungen), Historical Institute (Historisches Institut), Bundeswehr University Munich (Universität der Bundeswehr München)
DFG Research Associate, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jacobs University Bremen - in a project about "Asianisms in the 20th Century", subproject "The Asian Games", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), principle investigators: Prof. Dr. Marc Frey and Prof. Dr. Nicola Spakowski


ON LEAVE / LANGFRISTIG ABWESEND: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Universität der Bundeswehr München Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften

Historisches Institut

Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39
Building 33, Room 3273
85579 Neubiberg

Tel.: +49  (0) 89 6004 3005
stefan.huebner ( at ) unibw.de


Office Hour: No office hours. Please contact me via eMail.

Research Interests

  • Global / Transnational / International History (19th and 20th Century)
  • Modernization and Development Policy
  • Colonialism, Decolonization, and "Civilizing Missions"
  • History of the Ocean
  • History of Geopolitics

Japanese translation of Pan-Asian Sports