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Dr Astrid Nordin

Dr Astrid Nordin


County South
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 5 92422
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My research interests fall in the intersection of contemporary Chinese politics and international relations, broadly conceived, and critical theories of global politics. I am particularly interested in the contemporary deployment of concepts drawn from Chinese history, such as harmony (hexie), civilisation (wenming), hegemony (baquan), or All-under-heaven (Tianxia), and their relation to contemporary continental philosophy, particularly the thought of Jean Baudrillard and Jacques Derrida.

Within this scope I have written on alternative conceptions of time, space and world order; the politics of mega events (particularly Expo 2010 Shanghai China); Chinese censorship and resistance throughout history; Chinese discourses of online resistance and wordplay (egao); the 'Chinese school' of IR; the policy concepts of 'harmonious world' (hexie shijie) and 'harmonious society' (hexie shehui); soft power; East Asian regionalism and regionalisation; and spatial and temporal aspects of difference in the work of Derrida and Baudrillard.

PhD Supervision Interests

I am interested in supervising doctoral candidates in the following broad areas:
- Chinese politics, philosophy and international relations
- East Asian international relations
- Cultural governance
- Continental philosophy and poststructuralist thought
- Concepts of time, space and multiplicity in international relations
- The politics of mega events
- Censorship and resistance, particularly online
- Language and authority
- Harmony

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Radical exoticism: Baudrillard and war

Nordin, A. 2014 In: International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. 11, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Subverting official language and discourse in China?: type river crab for harmony

Nordin, A. & Richaud, L. 2014 In: China information. 28, 1, p. 47-67 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Chinese politics and international relations: innovation and invention

Horsburgh, N. (ed.), Nordin, A. (ed.) & Breslin, S. (ed.) 19/12/2013 London: Routledge. 218 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology


How soft is "soft power"?: unstable dichotomies at Expo 2010

Nordin, A. 10/2012 In: Asian Perspective -Seoul-. 36, 4, p. 591-613 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Space for the future: Exhibiting China in the world at the Shanghai Expo

Nordin, A. 07/2012 In: China information. 26, 2, p. 235-249 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Taking Baudrillard to the fair: Exhibiting China in the world at Expo 2010

Nordin, A. 05/2012 In: Alternatives: Global, Local, Political. 37, 2, p. 106-120 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Gender Transformations in Higher Education

WASS Collective 31/01/2007 In: Sociological Research Online. 12, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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