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 ReligionFernanda 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 studyA 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 ChinaCurrent 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 ChinaProfessor 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 TogetherJuxtapose 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.
- The China Centre recently held a book launch event for: Tales of Hope, Tastes of Bitterness: Chinese Road Builders in Ethiopia (Hong Kong University Press, 2019) by Miriam Driessen, University of Oxford, and China’s Urban Champions: The Politics of Spatial Development (Princeton University Press, 2019) by Kyle Jaros, University of Oxford. …Read More »
- Gordon Barrett has published an article on ‘Between Sovereignty and Legitimacy: China and UNESCO, 1946-1953’, in Modern Asian Studies, 2019.Read More »
- Rosemary Foot has written an article with Kate Sullivan de Estrada on ‘China’s and India’s Search for International Status through the UN System: Competition and Complementarity’. It has been published in the journal Contemporary Politics, 2019.Read More »
- Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2019–22. This £170,000 Fellowship will support Rana Mitter as he writes a new revisionist account of the postwar history of Asia. The project, ‘The Chinese postwar and the making of Asian …Read More »
- We welcome three new post-doctoral research associates to the ‘China, Law and Development’ (CLD) research team. Dr Do Hai Ha is an expert on Vietnamese labour law. Ha trained in law in both Vietnam and Australia, completing a PhD in 2017 at the University of Melbourne Law School where he …Read More »
- Kyle A. Jaros has co-authored an article with David J. Bulman (Johns Hopkins University-SAIS) entitled ‘Leninism and Local Interests: How Cities in China Benefit from Concurrent Leadership Appointments’. It has been published online with Studies in Comparative International Development (the print version is forthcoming).Read More »
- Matthew S. Erie has recently published his article ‘Shari’a as Taboo of Modern Law: Halal Food, Islamophobia, and China’ in the Journal of Law & Religion.Read More »
- The Selden Map of China: A New Understanding of the Ming Dynasty will be published in June 2019. Dating from the seventeenth century at the height of the Ming Dynasty, the Selden Map of China reveals a country very different from popular conceptions of the time, looking not inward to …Read More »
- China and the Future of the International Order – Peace and Security In this podcast, Roderic Wye and Professor Rosemary Foot explore how China’s engagement with the UN is evolving in the areas of peace and security, looking in particular at the rise in China’s involvement in peacekeeping. Podcast available …Read More »
- Gordon Barrett recently gave a paper on ‘Chinese International Science and the Cultural Cold War’ at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.Read More »