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

  • Ros Holmes wins the BACS Early Career Researcher Prize 2018

    Ros Holmes wins the BACS Early Career Researcher Prize 2018

    Ros Holmes, Associate of the China Centre, has won the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS)  Early Career Researcher Prize 2018 for her essay ‘Bad Citizens and Symbolic Subjects: Wang Jin, Zhou Tiehai and the Art of (In)Civility’. The prize was won in 2016 by Pamela Hunt,  currently a Leverhulme Early Career …Read More »
  • Hamsa Rajan’s talk for the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionaly Anthropology

    Hamsa Rajan’s talk for the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionaly Anthropology

    Hamsa Rajan gave a talk via Skype at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, on 8 October.  Her talk, entitled ‘Cultural Differences and Fieldwork’, was part of the Institute’s Gender Inequality Symposium, held to discuss gender inequality in academia.  Hamsa Rajan’s talk covered questions of cultural …Read More »
  • Pamela Hunt and Miriam Driessen publish in The Cosmopolitan Dream

    Pamela Hunt and Miriam Driessen publish in The Cosmopolitan Dream

    Pamela Hunt and Miriam Driessen both published a chapter in The Cosmopolitan Dream: Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age (HKUP, 2018), edited by Derek Hird and Geng Song. The edited volume explores both the representation and enactment of transnational Chinese masculinities. Pamela’s chapter is titled ‘Global and Local Phallic Creativity: Intertextuality …Read More »
  • Matthew Erie publishes article in American Society of International Law Insights

    Matthew Erie publishes article in American Society of International Law Insights

    Matthew Erie has published ‘The China International Commercial Court: Prospects for Dispute Resolution for the “Belt and Road Initiative”‘ in the American Society of International Law Insights (Vol. 22, Issue 11). Please see here.  Read More »
  • Matthew Erie awarded ERC Starting Grant of €1.5 million

    Matthew Erie awarded ERC Starting Grant of €1.5 million

    Dr Matthew Erie, Associate Professor of the University of Oxford’s Oriental Institute, has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant of €1.5 million for his project, ‘Illiberal Law & Development: China and the World.’ The ERC bestows the Starting Grant to promising early-career researchers with two to …Read More »
  • Anna Lora-Wainwright gives talk at Hohai University

    Anna Lora-Wainwright gives talk at Hohai University

    In June, Anna Lora-Wainwright was an Academic Visitor in the Sociology Department at Hohai University (Nanjing, China) where she gave a talk in Chinese on her recent research about environment, health and activism in rural China, and carried out pilot fieldtrips to nearby ecotourist sites (Huanglong xian 黄龙岘and Mogan shan某干山) …Read More »
  • Shelagh Vainker and Di Wang interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row

    Shelagh Vainker and Di Wang interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row

    Shelagh Vainker and Di Wang were interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme on ‘Women in Chinese Art’. They discuss the new  exhibition ‘A Century of Women in Chinese Art’ at the Ashmolean Museum, running from 1 May until 7 October 2018.    Read More »
  • Two recent publications by Rosemary Foot

    Two recent publications by Rosemary Foot

    Rosemary Foot and Evelyn Goh: ‘The International Relations of East Asia: A New Research Prospectus’, in International Studies Review, April 2018. Rosemary Foot: ‘Restraints on Conflict in the China-US Relationship: Contesting Power Transition Theory’, in Asle Toje (ed.)Will China’s Rise be Peaceful (Oxford University Press, 2018).Read More »
  • Gordon Barrett has article published in the Journal of Cold War Studies

    Gordon Barrett has article published in the Journal of Cold War Studies

    Gordon Barrett’s article on ‘China’s “People’s Diplomacy” and the Pugwash Conferences, 1957-1964’  appears in the Journal of Cold War Studies    Read More »
  • Anna Lora-Wainwright wins the Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography

    Anna Lora-Wainwright wins the Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography

    Anna Lora-Wainwright is the winner of the 2018 Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography for her new book Resigned Activism: Living with Pollution in Rural China Anna attended the British Sociological Association conference in Newcastle, where the winner of the Thinking Allowed Award  for Ethnography was announced. Anna recently took part in the Environmental Humanities workshop …Read More »