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e-portfolio of Qing Chen

I am currently a Fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of Warwick. My doctoral research examines the interactions and relationships between states, local society, and the foreign mercantile community in the late Qing and throughout the Republican Era through the lens of the British Chamber of Commerce of Shanghai. The project aims to reveal the diversity character of the foreign presence in China and the complexities of the articulations of interests by different groups. My research interest includes the history of Sino-British relations, sub-state and non-state actors in inter-state relations, institutional history, and Shanghai Studies.

Supervisors: Dr. Song-Chuan Chen and Dr. James Poskett

Working Thesis Title: States, Local Society, and the Foreign Mercantile Community: The British Chamber of Commerce of Shanghai, 1915-1952


Office Hours: Thursdays 14:30-16:30, FAB Room 3.36


  • 2020-Present Ph.D. in History at the University of Warwick
  • 2016-2017 MSc. in East Asian Relations at the University of Edinburgh
  • 2012-2016 BA. in History at Fudan University


  • Graduate Teaching Assistant 2023/24, University of Warwick

    HI2J6-30: Modern China

Conferences and Workshops

  • 19-22 May 2023: The 13th Asian Conference on Asian Studies: "Treaty Rights or Commercial Laws? Chinese Trademark Legislation and Foreign Trademark Protection in the Late Qing and Early Republican China."
  • 24-27 Aug 2022: The 24th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, at Palacký University Olomouc, Czech: "The War on the Periphery: Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Foreign Mercantile Communities in China in the 1910s."
  • 23-25 Jun 2022: The 31st Annual World History Association Conference 2022 in Bilbao, Spain: "From Reconstitution to Re-establishment: The Great War and the Newly Formed British Chambers of Commerce in China."
  • 15-17 Jun 2022: Britain and the World 2022 Conference in Plymouth, UK: "The Conflicts on the Periphery and Redeployment within an Informal Empire: Building British Empire’s Mercantile Machinery in China in the 1910s."