Research

Oxford is engaged in a number of continuing projects and research collaborations that cover various aspects of China's society, politics, economy and environment, as well as various aspects of China's traditional culture, history and philosophy.

The research projects showcased on this page include initiatives by the faculty members as well as projects initiated and supported by graduate students.

  • Legal Ideology in   Tibet: Politics, Practice, and Religion
    Legal Ideology in   Tibet: Politics, Practice, and Religion
    Fernanda Pirie and Charles Manson are examining texts, ideas, and ideologies in their social contexts. They are tracing the different sources and strands of legal thought, exploring tensions between them and attempts by Tibetan writers, many of whom were religious scholars, to reconcile religious, ethical, and jurisprudential ideals.
  • Sounding Islam in China: a multi-ethnographic study
    Sounding Islam in China: a multi-ethnographic study
    A project run by Maria Jaschok, Rachel Harris (PI) and Ha Guangtian, which uses methodologies of ethnomusicology and sensory anthropology to map the Islamic soundscapes of contemporary China.
  • Barend ter Haar's Book Projects on Traditional China
    Barend ter Haar's Book Projects on Traditional China
    Current book projects on Guan Yu, witch persecution in China and a general history of China in English.
  • Interpreters in 18th and 19th century Europe and China
    Interpreters in 18th and 19th century Europe and China
    Professor Henrietta Harrison's project aims to create a joint biography of Li Zibiao (李自標, Jacobus Ly), who was the interpreter for the first British embassy to China in 1793, and George Thomas Staunton, the twelve-year old son of Macartney’s secretary George Leonard Staunton.
  • Juxtapose: Studying Contemporary India and China Together
    Juxtapose: Studying Contemporary India and China Together
    Juxtapose is a multi-faceted project aiming to create new approaches to comparative works on India and China, incorporating diverse perspectives to stimulate fresh contributions to the academy and beyond.

Research Highlights

  • New book published by Rosemary Foot

    New book published by Rosemary Foot

    Rosemary Foot has published a new book  entitled China, the UN, and Human Protection: Beliefs, Power, Image (Oxford University Press, 2020).  Over a relatively short period of time, Beijing moved from dismissing the UN to embracing it. How are we to make sense of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) …Read More »
  • Margaret Hillenbrand talks about her book in podcast for the New Books Network

    Margaret Hillenbrand talks about her book in podcast for the New Books Network

    Margaret Hillenbrand has recently spoken about her book – ‘Negative Exposures: Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China’ (Duke University Press, 2020)  – in a podcast for the New Books Network.Read More »
  • ‘China, Law and Development’ project publishes new Research Briefs

    ‘China, Law and Development’ project publishes new Research Briefs

    The China, Law and Development (CLD) research project focuses on the legal and regulatory challenges to Chinese outbound capital in developing states. The project engages with a number of invited Research Associates (RAs) to help build a network of early-career scholars and practitioners working and sharing information on the state of the field; Research …Read More »
  • New book published by Margaret Hillenbrand

    New book published by Margaret Hillenbrand

    Margaret Hillenbrand has just published a new book, entitled Negative Exposures: Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China, with Duke University Press The book investigates the erasure of key aspects of such momentous events as the Nanjing Massacre, the Cultural Revolution, and the Tiananmen Square protests from the Chinese …Read More »
  • Introducing the TEXTCOURT Project

    Introducing the TEXTCOURT Project

    ‘TEXTCOURT: Linking the Textual Worlds of Chinese Court Theater, ca. 1600-1800’ is a five-year (2019-2024) research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) that will build the first digital archive of Chinese court drama scripts and related foreign records in order to remedy the lack of textual studies on …Read More »
  • Article by Jérôme Doyon published in The China Quarterly

    Article by Jérôme Doyon published in The China Quarterly

    Jérôme Doyon has published his article ‘The Strength of a Weak Organization: The Communist Youth League as a Path to Power in Post-Mao China’ in The China Quarterly. The article on the Communist Youth League is now available on Firstview. Against factional explanations (Tuanpai), Dr Doyon argues that the rise of …Read More »
  • Jérôme Doyon co-authors article published in Political Studies

    Jérôme Doyon co-authors article published in Political Studies

    Jérôme Doyon has co-authored, with Dr Franziska Keller, an article on ‘Knowing the Wrong Cadre? Networks and Promotions in the Chinese Party-State’, published in Political Studies. The article takes advantage of the exogenous assignment to cohorts in a training program for Chinese officials to establish a causal link between informal connections and …Read More »
  • Kyle Jaros publishes co-authored article online with The China Journal

    Kyle Jaros publishes co-authored article online with The China Journal

    ‘Provincial Power in a Centralizing China: The Politics of Domestic and International “Development Space”’, an article co-authored by Kyle Jaros with Yeling Tan (University of Oregon), has just come out in its online first edition with The China Journal. Read More »
  • Miriam Driessen publishes co-authored article in Modern China

    Miriam Driessen publishes co-authored article in Modern China

    Miriam Driessen has published an article with Willy Sier (University of Amsterdam) on ‘Rescuing Masculinity: Giving Gender in the Wake of China’s Marriage Squeeze‘ in Modern China. Abstract: China’s marriage squeeze poses a profound challenge to the construction of masculinity in rural regions, where marriage continues to play an important …Read More »
  • Kyle Jaros speaks at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania

    Kyle Jaros speaks at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania

    Kyle Jaros recently talked about his book (China’s Urban Champions: The Politics of Spatial Development) at Princeton’s Wythes Center on Contemporary China (18 November) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China (20 November).  Read More »