Helena Motoh, born 8. 5. 1977 in Ljubljana, in 2001 graduated from Philosophy and Sinology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. In 2001/2 she enrolled into the MA program of Asian Philosophies at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana, where she began working as a young researcher/teaching assistant in 2003. She defended her PhD in Asian Philosophies (‘Reception of the Ideas of Chinese Philosophy in Early Modern European Philosophy of the 18th Century’) in June 2006. She studied Chinese language in Ji’nan, PR China, for two months (summer 1997), and did a semester in Chinese language and culture at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, PRC (1999). In 2005 she was a visiting scholar at the Nanjing University (PR China), where she researched selected topics of Chinese aesthetics and intercultural philosophy under the tutorship of prof. Xu Xiaoyue.
In collaboration with the Jiang Jingguo Foundation (Taiwan) and Charles’ University in Prague she participated in the international research project entitled ‘The Contemporary Relevance of the Four Books’. With the travel grant received from the ‘Chiang Ching-Kuo (Jiang jingguo) Foundation for International Scholar Exchange’ she participated in two one week seminars at the Charles University in Prague in 2003 and 2004. In December 2004 she was a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, Technical University of Košice (Slovakia) where she held a lecture on Chinese aesthetics. In 2004 she held a lecture at the international conference ‘Environmental Justice & Global Citizenship’ in Copenhagen. In the summer 2004 she presented a paper at the ‘Cosmologies of History’ programmes at the CEU Summer University in Budapest. In December 2004 she held a lecture at the international conference ‘Interculturalism – Exploring Critical Issues’ in Vienna. In March 2005 she participated at the IX. Spring colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics. In May 2005 she held a lecture at the international conference ‘Daoism in Mt. Tiantai and Zhejiang’ (Tiantai, Zhejiang, PRC), which was organised by the Zhejiang University. In April 2006 she held a lecture at the X. Spring colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics. She also presented a paper at the XVI. Biennial conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies.
Helena Motoh actively participated in the pedagogical process at the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, where she worked as a teaching assistant at the courses Asian Philosophies I. and Asian Philosophies II.
In 2006 she participated in the preparation of the exhibition ‘Encountering China: 200 Years of Slovene Experience of Chinese Culture’ in the Slovene Ethnographic Museum in Ljubljana. She also shaped and taught the course ‘Getting to know Chinese Culture and Art’ at the University for the Third Age in Ljubljana. She also teaches courses and workshops of intercultural communication.
Since February 2008 she is a research assistant at the Science and Research Centre of University of Primorska, and she is also teaching a course in the Anthropology of Asian Religions at the Faculty of Humanities of the same university.
Since October 2006 she is also a visiting lecturer at the Sinology department of the Faculty of Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia.