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.
Matthew S. Erie’s book has been given an Asian Law & Society Association Distinguished Book Award Honourable MentionMatthew S. Erie’s book China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016) has been given an Asian Law & Society Association Distinguished Book Award Honourable Mention.Read More »
- Paul Irwin Crookes was a panel speaker at the inaugural Annual Conference of the London chapter of the Young China Watchers, hosted by the Lau China Institute at King’s College London. Analysing Chinese international relations strategy and the security implications of China’s re-emergence in the East Asia region, Paul outlined …Read More »
- On 22 June 2017, Matthew Erie participated in an Author Meets Reader session for his book China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law (CUP, 2016) at the 2017 Law and Society Association meeting in Mexico City. The session was led by Professor Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago Law School), and Rachel …Read More »
- On 3-8 July, the China Centre hosted 20 participants representing academic institutions from different parts of Europe, Asia and North America for an intense workshop on the issues of phonology and palaeography applied in the reading of ancient manuscripts. The workshop was conducted by Professor William Baxter from the University of Michigan …Read More »
- Paul Irwin Crookes has just written an online article with the policy journal Europe’s World, published by the Friends of Europe think tank based in Brussels. This work is designed as a short contribution to outline the reasons why there appears to be a growing crisis of trust in the …Read More »
- Matthew Erie’s article “Anticorruption as Transnational Law: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, PRC Law, and Party Rules in China” is forthcoming in the American Journal of Comparative Law.Read More »
- On 10 July, Kyle Jaros gave a talk based on his book manuscript, “China’s Urban Champions and the Politics of Spatial Development,” to graduate students at the Nanjing University School of Architecture and Urban Planning. On 12 July, Kyle Jaros was invited by Prof. Chen Wen of the Nanjing Institute of Geography and …Read More »
- Resigned Activism: Living with Pollution in Rural China. Residents of rapidly industrializing rural areas in China live with pollution every day. Villagers drink obviously tainted water and breathe visibly dirty air, afflicted by a variety of ailments—from arthritis to nosebleeds—that they ascribe to the effects of industrial pollution. ‘Cancer villages,’ …Read More »
- The conference on ‘Cultural Contacts in Ancient Worlds: Theories and Case Studies’, organised by Anke Hein, held at Oxford, 24 to 26 March 2017, brought together researchers from various fields in the humanities and social sciences to gain deeper insight into mechanisms of and reasons for inter-group exchange across Eurasia …Read More »
Article by Matthew Erie to appear in a special issue on waqfs in the journal Islamic Law and SocietyMatthew Erie’s article ‘The Traveling Waqf, Property, Religion, and Mobility beyond China’ will be forthcoming in a special issue on waqfs in Islamic Law and Society (vol. 25, 1-2, Feb. 2018). Please find a description here.Read More »