Chinese Cultural Studies Working Group


Let's use this wikispace to share readings, multimedia resources and idea related to study of cultural production and cultural form in contemporary China. Our interests include museums, monuments, film, art, commodification, advertising and expressive culture.

This working group is based in the Department of Anthropology and the Cultural Production program, but is open to all faculty and graduate students with serious interests in the analysis of ideology, the arts, and cultural politics in China, broadly defined.

Upcoming Events

  • Field trip to the Yiin Yu Tang house, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. (Leave campus by van on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 9:00 a.m from front of campus; return by 2:00 p.m.)
  • Lecture by Prof. Rob Weller (Anthropology, Boston University) Monday, November 16 at 12 noon on Ritual and the Rhythms of Ambiguity .


Past Events


Screening and discussion of the film "Still Life" (2006, dir. Jia Zhangke) Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the CP201 ("Making Culture" class) Prof. Auslander. Location Pearlman 203.


Discussion and Resource Areas

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Please Introduce Yourself


  • Ellen Schattschneider, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Women's and Gender Studies. (Brandeis) My specific research is on Japan, but I'm broadly interested in ideology, embodiment, commodity culture and memories of war & trauma throughout East Asia and the Pacific.
  • Mark Auslander, Assistant Prof. of Anthropology and Director of the Program in Cultural Production (Brandeis). I'm an Africanist, with general interests in the cultural and ideological dimensions of globalization.
  • Mengqi Wang, Master student of Anthropology at Brandeis University. I'm interested in the expressions of Confucian values and rituals among popular culture in contemporary China. Currently I'm also have a broad interest in political anthropology(ideology and social transformation) and museum study.
  • Casey Miller, fourth year PhD student in Anthropology at Brandeis University. My dissertation research is exploring the individual experiences of volunteers in grassroots Chinese gay men's health groups and the wider cultural and political implications of such organizations. I have spent two summers performing preliminary fieldwork with one gay men's group in Xi'an, and plan to start my main fieldwork in 2010. My theoretical interests include sexuality and gender, globalization and modernity, power, practice, and agency, civil society, social movements, and NGOs.