"Chinese" Studies for the Twenty-first Century

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk



The twentieth-century saw major shifts in the way China and "things Chinese" were studied in universities. While old-fashioned sinology continued to be dominant, the post-1940s Cold War was accompanied by the innovation that was "area studies" which in the China field saw the social sciences take centre stage. However, in the literary and cultural field change was slow to arrive with China's twentieth-century literature and culture considered a poor relative next to the sinological canon.

Now, in the twenty-first century what shape should academic studies related to China, Chinese, and Chineseness be taking? How should Scotland's and the rest of the UK's historical vision of, and relationship with, "China" and "Chinese" people be accounted for and represented? How should the vast diversity that is China and the rest of the Chinese-speaking world be broached without creating new and fixed "objects" of study?
Period13 Oct 2022
Held atUniversity of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • China
  • Chinese
  • Taiwan
  • Hong Kong
  • Diaspora
  • Chinese British