Doctorate, University of Zurich
Research project: Botany, identity and the nation: a sociological history of plants in modern China
Master in Sociology, Nanjing University|
College of Sociology, Nanjing China
|09/2005-09/2007||Lecture/ Manager, Education and Research Department, Jiuzhou College of Vocation and Technology, Xuzhou China|
|09/2001-07/2005||B.A. in Management, Yanshan University, College of Management, Qinhuangdao China|
History of science in China, Nationalism and nation building, Cultural and intellectual history of China
Fall 2015 and |
|Modernchinesisch 7 & 8: Literarische Texte, University of Zurich|
BA Seminar, University of Zurich|
Film as Soft Power and Hard Currency: Sino-Hollywood Courtship
MA Seminar, University of Zurich|
Ecological issues in modern China
BA Course, Nanjing University|
Introduction to Sociology (social theory and social research)
BA Course, Communication University
Methods of Social Research
Plants, Identity and the Nation: A Sociological History of Plants in Modern China
Based on a methodological approach combining theoretical research with a close examination of two case studies on urban tree planting and the surrounding social debates, this project will systematically review the sociological history 1 of plants in contemporary China.
Evolving in a primarily agricultural society, the Chinese civilization has always been closely connected to plants. Drawing upon the ‘thing’ philosophy, this project will explore how, under the influence of western science, plants in the Chinese intellectual discourse gradually cease to be counted among wù 物 “things” of the indigenous natural history tradition (known as 博物 Bówù, lit. “broad learning about things”) and are in themselves becoming an object of various fields modern science (as for example botany, environmental politics, landscape architecture etc.).
This complex process transcends far beyond the mere domain of natural science, being deeply intertwined with the ongoing construction of the Chinese cultural memory, twisted with emerging environmental ethics and ecological awareness and as such forming part of the process of nation building and construction of a new ecological identity in the modern world.