Johannes Schubert (philologist)

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Johannes Siegfried Schubert (born September 7, 1896 in Annaberg , † August 2, 1976 in Leipzig ) was a German Tibetologist .


Johannes Schubert was born on September 7, 1896 in the Annaberger Postgut as the son of the commercial employee Guido Emil Schubert. He attended the higher middle school and the Realgymnasium in Plauen . Due to his participation in the First World War and family reasons, Schubert did not take his Abitur until 1920 in Leipzig.

As a result, he first began studying theology and philosophy at the University of Leipzig in 1920 , which he broke off in 1922 to improve his financial situation as a casual worker. He then devoted himself first to studying Oriental Studies in Leipzig, from 1926 to studying Chinese, with August Conrady , Otto Franke and Erich Schmitt, Tibetan, with Friedrich Weller and August Hermann Francke, Turkish, with August Fischer , as well as Mongolian and Mandjur Erich Hauer and Erich Haenisch , in Berlin , before he received his doctorate degree in 1928 with a thesis on Tibetan national grammar. phil. received his doctorate .

After completing his studies, Schubert entered the academic library service and until 1954 worked as a library advisor and specialist in oriental studies at the Leipzig University Library . In addition, between 1934 and 1945 Schubert held a teaching position for Tibetan and Mongolian at the Philological-Historical Department of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Leipzig. In addition, Schubert joined the NSV in 1934 , the Reichsbund deutscher Officials in the same year , the NSDAP in 1937 and the DRK in 1939 .

Johannes Schubert, who after the Second World War belonged to the FDGB from 1946 , from 1950 to the DSF and worked as a member of the National Front of the GDR , was professor of Tibetan from 1952 to 1955 and from 1955 to 1960 , although he did not qualify as a professor the full professorship for Tibetan and from 1960 to 1962 the professorship for Tibetology at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Leipzig. He also undertook several research trips to East Asia, for example to Tibet in 1955 and to Mongolia in 1957, 1959 and 1961 .

Schubert, who was involved in the evaluation of the materials of the SS-Tibet expedition under Ernst Schäfer in 1942 , shifted his research focus to studies on Central Asia , Lamaism and bibliography .

Johannes Schubert, who was married to Maria, born Hötzel, died on August 2, 1976, five weeks before he was 80 years old in Leipzig.


Johannes Schubert was awarded the GDR Medal of Merit in 1966 . He was also awarded the Silver Pin of Honor and the Gold Pin of Honor in 1974 from the German Southeast Asian Society.

Publications (selection)

  • The Sum-cu-pa and Rtags-Kyi - \ 'ajug-pa. Tibetan national grammar (= Artibus Asiae, Supplement, Vol. 1), Leipzig 1937.
  • (with Fred Schindler): Red River and Blue Mountains. Through the jungle and primeval forest of Assam, Leipzig 1960.
  • Riding through Burchan-chaldun, Leipzig 1963.
  • Paralipomena Mongolica. Scientific notes on the country, people and way of life in the Mongolian People's Republic, Berlin 1971.


  • Asian studies contributions. Johannes Schubert in memoriam (1896-1976), Leipzig 1978.
  • Manfred Taube (Ed.): Correspondence between Joseph Franz Rock and Johannes Schubert 1935-1961, Vienna 2009.

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