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BMBF joint project: “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective: A Dialogue with China”

The Joint Center for Advanced Studies “Worldmaking from a Global Perspective: A Dialogue with China”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Elena Meyer-Clement and jointly organized by researchers at universities in Berlin, Göttingen, Heidelberg, Munich, and Würzburg. The first stage of the project started in November 2020 and will run for 3 years.

ERC grant: “Governing with Data: Local Experimentation in Authoritarian China”

Prof. Genia Kostka receives an ERC grant for the topic “Governing with Data: Local Experimentation in Authoritarian China”.

DFG project "Changing Concepts of Religion from Traditional to Modern Chinese, 1890-1949"

The research project "Changing Concepts of Religion from Traditional to Modern Chinese, 1890-1949" is being funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) since 1 August 2020. It is conducted by Prof. Dr. Christian Meyer together with Dr. Eugenia Werzner and Richard Ellguth, MA.

DFG project: Interjurisdictional Competition and Cooperation in China

Prof. Genia Kostka, together with Prof. Sarah Eaton (Göttingen University) acquired a new DFG project on the topic of: “Interjurisdictional Competition and Cooperation in China: An Analysis of Sources and Policy Interventions at the County Level”. During the next three years, this research project will develop and apply an analytical framework to explain variation in local interjurisdictional relations in contemporary China ranging from competitive to cooperative behaviour in the two selected policy fields of economics and environment.

DFG Projekt: Infrastructure provision in China

Prof. Genia Kostka acquired a new DFG project on the topic of: “Infrastructure provision in China – A cross-sectoral and multi-level analysis”. During the next three years, this research project will identify key determinants for the success and failure of infrastructure provision in China’s authoritarian and decentralised political system. Studying the impact of infrastructure governance on project outcomes across different industry sectors, administrative levels and financing models, this project offers comparative insight into the political processes that determine the direction and results of China’s infrastructure boom of recent decades. By clarifying how governance factors determine and affect the logic of infrastructure provision in China, this project furthermore aims to resolve inconsistencies within the existing governance literature and ultimately expand its reach to incorporate the Chinese case.

DFG-Projekt: Steering Urban-Rural Integration: Administrative Reconfiguration for a Unified Citizenship

This project investigates the steering capacity and governability of the Chinese political system with regard to the reforms that are aimed at achieving the "integrated development of urban and rural areas", or in short, "urban-rural integration". The project focuses on the following set of policy issues that are at the core of these reforms: the reforms of China's dual land system; the reorganization of agriculture; the overall coordination of urban development; and the social, economic and political integration of migrants in the cities. It argues that these reforms represent a shift in the center's reform strategy towards completely dismantling the structural duality of China's administration that evolved in the early years of the People's Republic, and that such restructuring has radical implications for central-local and state-society relations. In-depth analysis of the making and implementation of these reforms shall not only provide us with insights into one of the most critical parts of the recent reform agenda, but also improve our understanding of the Chinese political system's capacity to conduct such systemic transformations.

The Making of Modern China – A History

Die rapide Entwicklung in China in den letzten dreißig Jahren hat die Welt verändert. Die Prämisse des Projekts ist es, dass die weitreichenden Dimensionen und Konsequenzen dieser Veränderungen nur im Kontext der chinesischen Geschichte, insbesondere der Traditionen und Transformationen seit Beginn der Neuzeit, verstanden werden können. Das Ziel des Vorhabens ist die Erstellung einer Monographie in englischer Sprache, welche die historische Herausbildung des modernen, gegenwärtigen China seit dem 10. Jahrhundert aus interdisziplinärer und komparativ-globaler Perspektive schildert.

Scholarly Visits and Exchange Grant des Ministry of Education der Republic of China (Taiwan)

2019 "Everyday Life and Popular Culture in Taiwan", Förderung zweier Gastaufenthalte taiwanischer Wissenschaftler

2020-22 "Taiwanese Perspectives on Politics and Society in the Republican Period and Beyond", Förderung von Gastaufenthalten taiwanischer Wissenschaftler (beginnt im Sommersemester 2021)

Political Steering of Strategic Industries under Xi Jinping: Assessing renewable energy transition management

This project jointly led by Doris Fischer (Universität Würzburg) and Sabrina Habich-Sobiegalla (FU Berlin) is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and will run from 2018 through 2020. It’s goal is to assess political steering and governability under the current Xi Jinping administration in the crucial field of industrial policies for strategic industries, taking renewable energy transition management as an example.

The Globalisation and the Transformation of the Religious Field in China, 1800 - Present

The research group was founded in 2006 by German scholars from different disciplines who are engaged in the study of religion in the Chinese context. Its goals include a broad examination of changes in the religious field of a globalizing China and the organization of conferences and workshops bringing together experts in the field.

DFG Projekt: Die Beteiligung der buddhistischen Nonnen am buddhistischen Entwicklungsdiskurs in der gegenwärtigen Volksrepublik China

Ziel der Studie ist es, mit Hilfe einer qualitativen Feldforschung zu untersuchen, inwieweit und auf
welche Weise sich buddhistische Nonnen in der VR China am buddhistischen Entwicklungsdiskurs

Studien- und Forschungsbibliographie Chinesisch als Fremdsprache

Die in den letzten Jahren stark ansteigende Nachfrage nach sprachlich, pädagogisch und wissenschaftlich qualifizierten Chinesischlehrern hat auch zu einer Zunahme wissenschaftlicher Fragestellungen im Spannungsfeld zwischen Chinawissenschaften, Sprachwissenschaften und Erziehungswissenschaften geführt. Diese Bibliographie soll Studierenden wie Lehrenden ein erstes Fundament bieten, auf das für entsprechende sprachwissenschaftliche, fachdidaktische oder kommunikationwissenschaftliche Seminare und Abschlussarbeiten zurückgegriffen werden kann.

Abgeschlossene Projekte

Eine Übersicht zu abgeschlossenen Forschungsprojekten am Institut für Chinastudien.