Dr Astrid Nordin


Research Overview

I am on leave for the academic year 2019-20, and will only respond to correspondence intermittently in this period.

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 Rise and “Responsibility” in the 21st Century
Nordin, A., Smith, G.M. 6/02/2020 In: British Journal of Chinese Studies.
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On relations and relationality: A Conversation with Friends
Nordin, A.H.M., Ling, L.H.M. 1/10/2019 In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 32, 5, p. 654-668. 15 p.
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Relating self and other in Chinese and western thought
Nordin, A.H.M., Smith, G.M. 1/10/2019 In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 32, 5, p. 636-653. 18 p.
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Towards global relational theorizing: a dialogue between Sinophone and Anglophone scholarship on relationalism
Nordin, A., Smith, G.M., Bunskoek, R., Huang, C., Hwang, Y., Jackson, P.T., Kavalski, E., Ling, L.H.M., Martindale, L., Nakamura, M., Nexon, D., Premack, L., Qin, Y., Shih, C., Tyfield, D., Williams, E., Zalewski, M. 11/09/2019 In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 12 p.
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Relationality and rationality in Confucian and Western traditions of thought
Qin, Y., Nordin, A. 30/07/2019 In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 32, 5, p. 601-614. 14 p.
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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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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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