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Zhiyuan Pan

Zhiyuan Pan

PhD Student in Chinese Studies


2017 Visiting researcher at Université catholique de Louvain

2014-2015, MPhil, University of Cambridge, UK. Dissertation: “The Line Art from China to Tintin: Communications and Innovations in the Artworks of Zhang Chongren and Hergé”.

2010-2014, BA, in History, Peking University, China.

Subject groups/Research projects

Chinese Studies:

Research Interests

I am interested in relating micro individual life stories with macro global history to better understand the multi-facet historical experiences. The early 20th century was a complicated yet intriguing time period for me, especially the history of encounters between China and Europe. I continued my study in the Department of East Asian Studies after MPhil and started PhD in 2015. My proposed project is to explore the cross-border encounters through the Sino-Belgian Catholic network behind the cartoon The Blue Lotus (The Adventures of Tintin).

Wider Research Interests:

Global history and micro history, history of Catholic misiology, early 20th century intellectual history, arts and popular culture, history of philanthropy.

Other Publications

“Hergé, the Independent and Responsible Reporter: Significant Changes from The Blue Lotus”. Presented at conference “Dialogues of Power: Political (Re)presentations in the Arts”, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK, October 2016.

“How Tintin met Zhang: The Catholic network in Sino-Belgian Relations from the late 19th century to the early 20th century”. Presented at East Asian Studies Postgraduate Research Seminars, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, February 2016.

“Call and Response: The Blue Lotus in the Discourse of the National Characteristics”. Poster Presented at Conference of Everything, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK, April 2015.