My research looks at the evolution of waste-related practices, representations and values in contemporary China. It is based on a political ecology approach and focuses on the nexus between recycling, environmentalism and state governance. I joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral research assistant in 2017 to collaborate with Dr Anna Lora-Wainwright (SIAS) and Dr Peter Wynn Kirby on a project entitled Circuits of E-waste and Value: Making E-waste Subjects in China and Japan.
Contemporary China Studies
Western political scientists, regarding China as a nation-state like any other, commonly classify it as a 'party-state' and as 'authoritarian'. Yet China’s transition to modern statehood differed from that of almost every other post-imperial or ‘new’ nation on the planet. Drawing on new scholar
Oxford Chinese Studies Society: Conversation and book-signing with Dr Roh-suan Tung (Managing Director of Balestier Press) and Taiwanese writer Chiung-yu Shih.
Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues (2016) is a film about time lost and regained through remembrance and dream. Doubling and transference that occurs in the 41-minute take is underwritten by the logic of the unconscious.
Inaugural Chinese Law Lecture and launch of the Oxford Chinese Law Discussion Group
Professor Lu Ming, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Professor Chen Wen, Chinese Academy of Sciences