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 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 »
- In Nov 2018, the Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD) released its report Air Pollution in China: an Interdisciplinary Perspective. It provides an analysis of the current state of air pollution in China, the drivers and sources of pollutants, the scientific challenge in understanding air pollution and its health …Read More »
- The Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD), of which OSGA’s Dr Jennifer Holdaway is co-Director, held its 10th anniversary conference at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 8-10 November. This year’s conference brought together natural, medical and social scientists as …Read More »
- Rosemary Foot has published an essay on China in the latest edition of International Affairs, January 2019, 95(1): ‘Remembering the Past to Secure the Present: Versailles Legacies in a Resurgent China’.Read More »
- Miriam Driessen published an essay, titled ‘The Restless Earth,’ in the latest issue of the FT Weekend (15/16 December). The online version of the essay, titled ‘The fight for survival in China’s abandoned rural towns,’ can be found here.Read More »
- 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 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 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 »