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ePortfolio of Qiuyang Chen

I am a social and gender historian specialising in modern and contemporary China, with my research situated at the intersection of gender history, financial history and anthropology. My work explores women’s social and economic roles in modern China. In particular, my PhD thesis, co-supervised by Dr Song-Chuan Chen and Dr Laura Schwartz, examines the relationship between women’s credit activities and local economy to understand China’s economic transformation in the 1980s and 90s. In conducting my research, I employ a range of methodologies, including fieldwork, historical anthropology, and oral history while close readings of primary literature including government archives and private documents collected during fieldwork.

Currently, I'm an IAS Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick and a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham.


Visiting Lecturer, University of Birmingham, 2023/24

  • In Search of Wealth and Power: China Since 1800

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Warwick, 2023/24

  • HI112-30 Mongols, Ming, and Manchu: China, 1500–1800
  • Ph.D. in History, University of Warwick (2018-2023)
  • MA in World History & Cultures, King's College London (2017-2018)
  • BA in English Language and Literature, Shanghai International Studies University (2013-2017)

2020 The Annette Lawson Charitable Trust Grant

Publication and Conference Papers

Book Review, ‘Hao Gao, Creating the Opium War: British Imperial Attitudes Towards China, 1792–1840’ in Britain and the World, 15 (1), March 2022, pp. 86-88.

Mar 2022 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference 2022, ‘Emotional debt: unearthing female voices amid local credit crises in southeast coastal China’

Sept 2021 British Association for Chinese Studies 2021 Annual Conference, ‘Staging political performance: grassroots governance on credit crises in southeast coastal China in the 1980s and 1990s’

Sept 2021 British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies 2021 Annual Conference, ‘The Role of State: Governing Credit Crises in Southeast Costal China in the 1980s and 1990s’

June 2021 Women’s History Network Seminar, ‘Women and private credit: unearthing female voices amid local credit crises in southeast coastal China in the 1980s’

June 2018 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

Internal Secretary, British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies


Co-convenor, Warwick CSWG (Centre for the Study of Women and Gender) Graduate Seminar Series

Oct. 2020–Oct. 2021

Organising committee and moderator, King's College London World History Student Conference 2018

May 2018
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Qiuyang Chen

qiuyang dot chen at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office hour: Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 pm during term time

Location: Room 3.45, Faculty of Arts Building