China Research Unit at City (1973-98)

China Research Unit at City University was founded by Professor Stephan Feuchtwang in 1973 and was the first organization working on social scientific studies on China in the UK. It was closed in 1998 when Feuchtwang moved to LSE.

  • Differing from sinology (classic) and Chinese studies (including humanities and social sciences) it encouraged an interdisciplinary approach to the study of China
  • It had the 'City University  FREEDMAN Collection' (47 boxes 1940c-1970c). This is the personal collection of Maurice Freedman (1920-1975), Professor of Social Anthropology. It has been kept at LSE Library from 1998.
  • The China Research Unit ran the 'London China Seminar' on a weekly basis during term time for 25 years at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
  • It organized some research projects, e.g. social support arrangements and transformation of local traditions, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  
  • It attracted much attention from social scientists in China and Taiwan and built a large network with Chinese and Taiwanese academic institutions and individual scholars.

 

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