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Dr Qing Cao

Senior Lecturer in Chinese / Director of Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43417
Room number: A14

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My research interests centre on cultural representation in the media, with a focus on mutual perceptions and representation between the West and China. Currently I am working on a research project that focuses on how China perceives its place in the international world as reflected in media’s portrayal of (western) modernity, globalisation and its post-financial crisis. I am also interested in the changes of language use in contemporary China and how such changes reflect new formations of identities.


PhD supervision

I welcome applications on issues surrounding media, culture and representations. I am also interested in topics on language, discourse and translation studies.

Research Groups

  • Translation/Linguistics/Pedagogy

Research Interests

  • Mutual perceptions between the West and China
  • Mass media and sociopolitical changes in China
  • Discourse and narrative

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Selected Grants

  • 2013: Universities China Committee in London Travel Grant
  • 2012: British Academy Research Grant
  • 2010: China Sinology Research Grant
  • 2005: British Academy Research Grant
  • 2003: British Academy Travel Award
  • 1998: American Association for Chinese Studies Conference Grant