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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

East Asian Studies
Teaching Associate in Modern Chinese History
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Lucy Cavendish College
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Lucy Cavendish College
Xin Fan

My name is Dr. Xin Fan. Fan is my family name, 范鑫 in Chinese. As a global citizen, I grew up in China, have studied and worked in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. 

As an expert in Modern Chinese History, I am fascinated by three general issues in historiography and intellectual history in a world-historical context: What is the relationship between past and present in a modern society? What is the relationship between foreign knowledge and indigenous intellectual tradition in a country where nationalism increasingly plays a dominant role in shaping its political consciousness? And how have cultural, social and political conditions affected the production of knowledge in a non-Western society such as China’s during the twentieth century? With these questions in mind, I have developed a broad interest in issues of knowledge production, which includes the sociology of knowledge, postcolonial theory, and recent developments in world and global history.

As a historian, I am the author of World History and National Identity in China: The Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2021). I also co-edited Reception of Greek and Roman Antiquity in East Asia (Brill, 2018) with Professor Almut-Barbara Renger at Free University Berlin. I am currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled, "The Right to Talk about China: Liberal Intellectuals and the Rise of Emotional Politics, 1900 to 1949," as well as collaborating with scholars in Europe, America, and Asia on several projects on nationalism, historiography, and conceptual history. In addition, I am writing about world-historical analogies. 

Teaching responsibilities: 

As a teacher, I have taught at both public and privates universities in Europe and America. At AMES, I teach courses on Chinese culture and history. 

Supervision information: 

I am interested in supervising MPhil Students in Modern Chinese History with projects related to my research expertise. 

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