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ePortfolio of Qiuyang Chen

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of History, Warwick, co-supervised by Dr Song-Chuan Chen and Dr Laura Schwartz. My research interests broadly locate in gender history and Chinese history in modern and contemporary periods. My ongoing Ph.D. thesis is 'Women and Private Credit in South-east Coastal China in the 1980s'.

This research project incorporates the tools of oral history, historical anthropology, and digital humanities to study the relationship between the female network and the custom of microfinance in rural maritime communities in south-east coastal China. It specifically studies an informal financial instrument ‘hui’, which was a private credit association, and subsequent ‘hui’ credit crises in the late 1980s that disrupted local communities greatly. While having been major agents in the private credit market for decades, the voice of local women was left out when credit crises were generated into collective memory. Thus, the study examines how the hui and credit crises were portrayed in the local narrative and reviews their impact on local gender norms. It also studies women's interactions with the regulations and limitations imposed by various official authorities to explore the social and cultural significance of private credit and the way it influenced local industries and economic policies during the initial years of the Chinese market economy.

Teaching

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Warwick, Jan–June 2021

  • HI112-30 Mongols, Ming, and Manchu: China, 1500–1800
Education
  • Ph.D. in History, University of Warwick (2018-present)
  • MA in World History & Cultures, King's College London (2017-2018)
  • BA in English Language and Literature, Shanghai International Studies University (2013-2017)
Grants/Scholarship

2020 The Annette Lawson Charitable Trust Grant

Conference paper

British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies 2018 Annual Conference, 'The Making and De-making of the Iron Girls: 1960s – 1980s'.

Academic Workshops
2021 Fudan-Harvard Yenching Institute Training Workshop on New Media and Gender Studies 2–9 Jan. 2021
The Ninth Cross-strait Historical Anthropology Workshop: Min-Yue and Ocean (Guangdong and Fujian, China) 4–15 Aug. 2019
2019 Women History Workshop: Global History from a Gender Perspective(Academic Sinica, Taiwan) 24–27 June 2019
Training Courses
An Introduction to Oral History by the Institute of Historical Research Jan.–Apr. 2019
Introduction to Digital Humanities edX course by Harvard University Dec. 2020–Apr. 2021
Other positions
Warwick CSWG (Centre for the Study of Women and Gender) Graduate Seminar Series Committee member Oct. 2020–Oct. 2021
2018 KCL World History Student ConferenceOrganising committee member and panel moderator May 2018
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Qiuyang Chen

qiuyang dot chen at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office hour: Thursday 3-4 pm during term time