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Herr Dr. Marius Meinhof

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Projektleiter im DFG gefördertem Projekt „ Zivilisierte Familien. Diskurse der ‚kindlichen Treue‘ in China im Zeitalter des ‚chinesischen Traums‘.

 
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Curriculum Vitae

2007-2012 Study of Magister European Ethnology/Social Education/Philosophy at University Bamberg, GPA Grade: 1,1 (Best = 1,0).

2013-2017 Doctorate at the Faculty for Sociology, Bielefeld University. Title of the Thesis: Shopping in China. Dispositive konsumistischer Subjektivation im Alltagsleben chinesischer Studierender. Grade: summa cum laude.

2017-2019 Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Bielefeld University, Faculty for Sociology, Qualitative Methods.

2019-2020 Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Technical University Dresden, Department for Sociology, Sociological Theory

Since 2020 Primary Investigator (Projektleiter) of the DFG-funded research project "Civilized Families. Discourses on 'Filial Piety' in the Age of the China Dream"

Major Grants and awards:

  • 2019 Research project “Civilized Families. Discourses of ‘Filial Piety’ in the Age of the China Dream”, funded by the German Research Association (DFG).
  • 2018 Dissertation Award of the German Association for Sociology. (Dissertationspreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie). [awarded to 1 person per year in Germany].

Smaller Grants:

  • 2018-19 Financial support for preparing the application for the research project “Civilized Families. Discourses of ‘Filial Piety’ in the Age of the China Dream” (includes 1 student assistant) [from the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University].
  • 2018 Workshop “Street Vending and the Dynamics of Modern Urbanization”, 23.11-24.11.2018, [funded by Internationales Zentrum für Ostasienstudien IZO, in cooperation with Ryanne Flock, University of Frankfurt].
  • 2017-18 Project “Digitalization of Teaching in Qualitative Methods”, [applied for the programme “Digitalization of Teaching” of the University of Bielefeld Quality Fonds for Teaching (extended for another 5000 € in 2018)].
  • 2017 Workshop “Postcolonialism and China”, 20.01-21.01.2017 in Cologne [funded by the Global South Studies Center Cologne; in cooperation with Felix Wemheuer, Cologne].
  • 2016 Workshop “China und Postkolonialismus?”, 15.01.-16.01.2016 in Bielefeld [funded by the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology Workshop Funding, in cooperation with Lili Zhu and Junchen Yan].

Aktuelle Forschungsthemen

Ich bin spezialisiert auf die Themen Postkolonialismus, Gouvernementalität und Vorstellungen von Moderne/Tradition/Rückständigkeit. Darüber hinaus forsche ich auch zu qualitativen Methoden, insbesondere Videographie. Mein Regionalfokus liegt meist auf China, vielen meiner Forschungen liegen chinesischsprachige Quellen zugrunde.

Meine Forschung soll zu einem theoretischen Verständnis der Einflüsse des Kolonialismus auf das gegenwärtige China und auf gegenwärtige China-Bilder beitragen. Insbesondere möchte ich zur Entwicklung einer Theorie der kolonialen Zeitlichkeit, die der Unterscheidung zwischen fortschrittlichen und rückständigen Ländern zugrundeliegt, beitragen.

Derzeit Leite ich das DFG-Forschungsprojekt "Zivilisierte Familien", das sich mit Debatten um die "traditionelle Tugend" der Kindlichen Treue (孝) beschäftigt. Wir kombinieren eine Diskursanalyse von Texten der Zentralregierung, verschiedener Lokalregierungen sowie kommerzieller und nichtkommerzieller Blogs mit ethnographischen Fallstudien von Projekten zur Förderung von Familienwerten. Mitarbeitende: Yiming Zhang, Qing Liu, Kongwen Geng.

Darüber hinaus forsche ich zusammen mit Maximilan Meyer (Bonn) und Marina Rudyak (Heidelberg) zum Thema "epidemischer Orientalismus" und Chinabilder während der Covid-19-Pandemie. In dem Gruppenprojekt bin ich spezialisiert auf das Thema Orientalismus und Koloniale Stereotype in den Massenmedien.

Research topics:

Governmentality and Subjectivation in China from a Postcolonial Perspective
Since the early 1990ies, reforms in China have been debated from the perspective of governmentality studies with a focus on state-planned cultural change and the effects of modernization/development on society. I argue that governmentality studies have overlooked the historic and globally entangled character of Chinese discourses on modernity. Historic works have shown that debates on “modernization” appeared in China in the context of 19th century colonialism, and “development” is not an ideology specific to the Chinese state alone, but is equally part of Western discourse as well. It is my aim to push for a stronger conceptualization of the heritage of colonialism and colonial memory in works on governmentality in China. Furthermore, I attempt to use postcolonial approaches to place discourses in China and associated scholarly work in the context of global knowledge production. My recent project will add to this insights on the discourse of "moral construction", which assumes that subjects should not only be 'modernized', but also shaped to awaken their traditional values, e.g. Family values.

Videographic Approaches to Materiality
Ethnography and Videography are approaches that can complement the conventional set of surveying and interviewing, especially for researching tacit practices and materiality. Following the classical ethnographies of “material culture” as well as ethnomethodological workplace studies, I am interested in the question, how videography can help making sense of materiality and of materiality’s consequences for social situations. Material culture approaches and ethnomethodological approaches to videography can mutually benefit from each other: On the one hand, videography allows new approaches for studying relations between objects and practices. On the other hand, a focus on objects can help to conceptualize trans-situational connections beyond the direct transfer of meaning through language.

Consumerist Subjectivation
Consumer practices and objects of consumption constitute one of the most basic mechanisms through which regimes of subjectivation can be enacted and materialized. “Shopping” and shopping environments, as well as the wide variety of bought and consumer objects in use, do constantly create and govern new forms of “making choices”. At the same time, consumption is one of the most pervasive aspects of modern society, that can structure an almost endless range of daily activities, often without being noticed as a structuring force. I hope to further develop Dominik Schrage’s approach on consumerist subjectivation by testing and developing it in ethnographic research projects, and by combining it with insights from research of consumption in nonwestern contexts (especially China). The aim is to create a more nuanced and more “global” perspective on the ways in which consumption works in a world of asymmetric global entanglements.

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