Dr Astrid Nordin

Lecturer

Research Overview

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.

Hegemony in Chinese?: Ba in Chinese international relations
Nordin, A. 19/10/2015 In: Politics of the ‘other’ in India and China. London : Routledge ISBN: 9781138851184.
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Targeting the ontology of war: from Clausewitz to Baudrillard
Nordin, A., Öberg, D. 15/01/2015 In: Millennium : Journal of International Studies. 43, 2, p. 392-419. 28 p.
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Futures beyond “the West”?: autoimmunity in China’s harmonious world
Nordin, A. 2015 In: Review of International Studies. 22 p.
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Bordering on the unacceptable in China and Europe: “Cao ni ma” and “nique ta mère”
Nordin, A. 2014 In: European-East Asian borders in translation. London : Routledge p. 166-181. 16 p. ISBN: 9780415831314.
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Radical exoticism: Baudrillard and war
Nordin, A. 2014 In: The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. 11, 2
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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.
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Chinese politics and international relations: innovation and invention
Horsburgh, N., Nordin, A., Breslin, S. 19/12/2013 Routledge. 218 p.
Anthology

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.
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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.
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Taking Baudrillard to the fair: Exhibiting China in the world at Expo 2010
Nordin, A. 05/2012 In: Alternatives. 37, 2, p. 106-120. 15 p.
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Gender Transformations in Higher Education
WASS Collective 31/01/2007 In: Sociological Research Online. 12, 1
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