Dr Astrid Nordin

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

I am Director of Lancaster University China Centre.

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), friendship (youyi), hegemony (baquan), or All-under-heaven (Tianxia). I have written on alternative conceptions of time, space and world order; relational theorising and the 'Chinese school' of IR; Chinese foreign policy; Chinese censorship and resistance throughout history; Chinese discourses of online resistance and wordplay; the policy concepts of 'harmonious world' (hexie shijie) and 'harmonious society' (hexie shehui); soft power; the politics of mega events; and the Belt and Road Initiative.

China’s “Politics of Harmony” and the Quest for Soft Power in International Politics
Hagström, L., Nordin, A.H.M. 9/05/2019 In: International Studies Review.
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Relating self and other in Chinese and western thought
Nordin, A.H.M., Smith, G.M. 20/03/2019 In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
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On relations and relationality: A Conversation with Friends
Nordin, A.H.M., Ling, L.H.M. 23/02/2019 In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
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Friendship and Politics: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Smith, G.M., Huang, C., Nordin, A.H.M. 1/10/2018 In: AMITY: The Journal of Friendship Studies. 5, 1, p. 30-42. 12 p.
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Reintroducing Friendship to International Relations: Relational Ontologies from China to the West
Nordin, A.H.M., Smith, G.M. 1/09/2018 In: International Relations of the Asia Pacific. 18, 3, p. 369-396. 28 p.
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Friendship and the new politics: beyond community
Nordin, A.H.M., Smith, G.M. 21/08/2018 In: Global Discourse. 8, 4, p. 615-632. 18 p.
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Will Trump make China great again?: The Belt and Road Initiative and international order
Nordin, A.H.M., Weissmann, M. 1/03/2018 International Affairs, 94, p. 231-249. 19 p.

Nordin, A.H.M., Smith, G.M. 29/04/2017 Blue book on Intangible Cultural Heritage (in Chinese)

Latent Fictions: The Anticipation of World Fairs
Lopez-Galviz, C.A., Nordin, A.H.M., Dunn, N.S. 2017 In: Handbook of Anticipation. Springer 22 p. ISBN: Cham. Electronic ISBN: 9783319317373.

Ironic 'resistance' in Chinese citizen media online
Nordin, A.H.M. 27/05/2016 In: Citizen media and public spaces. Abingdon : Routledge p. 172-186. 15 p. ISBN: 9781138847644, 9781138847651.

China's international relations and harmonious world: time, space and multiplicity in world politics
Nordin, A.H.M. 9/05/2016 London : Routledge. 220 p. ISBN: 9781138944879 .

Hegemony in Chinese?: Ba in Chinese international relations
Nordin, A. 15/02/2016 In: Politics of the ‘other’ in India and China. London : Routledge ISBN: 9781138851184.

Futures beyond “the West”?: autoimmunity in China’s harmonious world
Nordin, A. 01/2016 In: Review of International Studies. 42, 1, p. 156-177. 22 p.
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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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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.

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.

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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