Research Projects on China

Below you can find an overview of the Leiden research projects on China.

Faculty of Humanities


Go to: Research projects Chinese Studies 


Go to: The Grazing Ban in China's Northwest: Assessing Grassland Policies for Sustainability and Herders' Livelihood
Duration: 2011-2013
Leader: Prof.dr. Peter Ho

Go to: Writing ‘Human Security’ in China and Japan: Foreign Policy, State Identity, and Great Power Competition in East Asia
Leaders: Dr. Lindsay Black & Dr. Yih-Jye Hwang

Go to: Rejecting Radicalism: The Revaluation of Modern Chinese Intellectual History during the 1990s
Leader: Dr. Els van Dongen

Go to: Conservatism in Early 20th century China
Leader: Prof.dr. Axel Schneider

Go to: The Indian Roots of Modern Chinese Thought: Yogacara Buddhism
Leader: Prof.dr. Axel Schneider

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Project title: Skill & Survival in Northern Mongolia
Covered countries: Mongolia, China
Start date project: 09/2008
End date project: 09/2012
Organization granting the project: NWO
Project type within the granting organization: TopTalent
Keywords: Skill, Mobile Pastoralism, Environmental Perception, Ontology
Researchers involved: Richard Fraser, PhD Candidate, Institute Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology
Short project summary: The research assesses the implications of environmental conservation upon the Darhad of northern Mongolia. Here the postsocialist implementation of a market-economy has dramatically affected peoples relationships to the environment, particularly mobile-pastoralists who must negotiate new restrictions placed on land-use. Developing a phenomenologically-grounded conception of human-environment relatedness, Fraser analyses the effects of conservation upon differing Darhad actors, including pastoralists, hunters, and village-dwellers, specifically at the level of embodiment and practice. Here the concept of ‘skill’ is employed to analyse transformations in Darhad practical capabilities, such as pastoralists altering their migration routes in accordance with conservation recommendations and former pastoralists developing new skills in becoming ‘settled’ village-dwellers. In the process, the project deconstructs normative accounts of ‘Traditional Ecological Knowledge’ and posits a dynamic approach that acknowledges differing kinds of enskilment and deskilment. Through this the project considers the relationship between ‘global’ environmental discourse and north-asian ontologies, analysing the impact of conservation upon Darhad religious life, shamanism, human-animal relations, and conceptualisations of personhood.
Publications (ISBN): Inner Asia
Leiden organization conducting the project: Institute Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology
Name of contact person: Richard Fraser
Postal address of contact person: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen Instituut Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingssociologie Po
Phone of contact person: +31-(0)6-11646552
E-mail of contact person:
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Institute of Political Science

Project title: Advertising Chinese Politics
Covered countries: China
Start date project: 01-04-2008
End date project: Ongoing
Granting organization: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Project type within the granting organization: KNAW Joint Research Project
Keywords: China, Media, Advertising, State-Society Relations, Experiments
Researchers involved: Dr. Daniela Stockmann, Leiden University
Prof. Liu Linqing, Communication University of China
Dr. Jie Zhang, Communication University of China
Prof. Dr. Stefan Landsberger, Leiden University
Dr. Ashley Esarey, Whitman College
Short project summary: Political commercials did not exist in China until only recently. During the reform era the Chinese state has modernized the way in which politics is communicated to citizens. Today, the government focuses on public service advertising on television to actively shape people's attitudes and behavior on such issues as environmental protection and legal reform. More broadly, political advertising is aimed at holding an increasingly diverse and fragmented society together. Funded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) this joint research project with Liu Linqing and Zhang Jie (Communication University of China), Stefan Landsberger (Leiden University), and Ashley Esarey (Whitman College) relies on multiple methods to study the policy rationale behind political advertising, its production and content, as well as its societal effects. As the first systematic study of the trend towards political commercials in the Chinese media this research contributes to our understanding of the relationship between the Chinese state and society and the nature of political communication in an authoritarian context.
Publications (ISBN) Forthcoming in China Quarterly and other journals
Leiden organization conducting the project: Insitute of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences
Name of contact person: Daniela Stockmann
Postal address of contact person: Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Phone of contact person: +31 71 527 3867
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Go to: Three Approaches in interpreting "Yijing": History, Philology and Philosophy
Leader: Dennis Chi-hsiung Cheng

Go to: Colonial-era Shanghai as an urban model for the 21st century
Leader: Gregory Bracken

Go to: Domestic and Geopolitical Challenges to Energy Security for China and the European Union
Leader: Mehdi Amineh

Go to: Industrialization, Language Contact and Identity Formation in China and Europe
Duration: 2009-2012
Leader: Marinus van den Berg

Go to: The Return of Modernism: A Comparative Study between Modernist Poetry in Taiwan and Mainland China in the post-1949 era
Duration: 2010-2012
Leader: Nikky - Chin-Li - Lin


Go to: WOTRO Project - "Legal Empowerment of Pollution Victims in China, Indonesia and Taiwan"

Last Modified: 12-03-2012