Past eventResearch Event

De-Centering China: Overseas Chinese, Ethnic Minorities and State Nationalism

18 March 2011 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Chatham House, London


Elena Barabantseva, Research Fellow, British Inter-University China Centre, University of Manchester



The speaker will examine the role of overseas Chinese and ethnic minorities in China's national modernisation project. She will argue that the interplay between China's modernisation programmes and nationalist discourses has shaped its national project and will emphasise the centrality of the notions of territoriality and ethnicity.

Dr Elena Barabantseva is the author of Overseas Chinese, Ethnic Minorities, and Nationalism: De-Centering China (Routledge, 2010) and several articles in Critical Asian Studies, Alternatives, the Journal of Contemporary China, and Asian Ethnicity. Her research focuses on Chinese perspectives on development; Chinese nationalism, transnationalism, and cosmopolitanism; and ethnic politics in China.

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