Brokers of Aspirations: Education and Cosmopolitanism

China both sends and hosts high numbers of international students. Is education a means to become cosmopolitan? How is China's place in the global educational landscape changing after Covid?     

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International time: 21:00 Beijing, 15:00 Oslo, 09:00 (AM) Washington DC.

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Book covers of the books authored by the presenters

Bingyu Wang is the author of the book New Chinese Migrants in New Zealand: Becoming Cosmopolitan? Roots, Emotions, and Everyday Diversity. Her presentation at the seminar builds on her recent work on returnees, and is entitled A temporal turn in migration: Times and temporalities amongst Chinese scholars returning from the Global North. Shuning Liu is the author of Neoliberalism, Globalization, and "Elite" Education in China: Becoming International.



Bingyu Wang

Bingyu Wang.
Bingyu Wang.

Associate Professor at the School of Sociology and Anthropology of Sun Yat-sen University. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Her research is of interdisciplinary nature and involves a wide range of pressing global issues such as labour precarity, migrant wellbeing and diverse societies. Specifically, her research areas include migration and mobilities, intercultural encounters, and cosmopolitanism, with a geographic focus on Asia-Pacific and theoretical focus on emotions, embodiment, time and the everyday. She has published widely on these topics in high-ranked international journals and her most recently published book with Routledge is entitled New Chinese Migrants in New Zealand: Becoming Cosmopolitan? Roots, Emotions, and Everyday Diversity.


Shuning Liu

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Shuning Liu.

Assistant Professor in Curriculum Studies at Teachers College, Ball State University. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary research interests are in the areas of critical curriculum studies, critical policy analysis, social theory, international education, globalization and education, and qualitative inquiry. Her current research projects involve the role of international education in the formation of social elites. Her recent research work has been published as a book, Neoliberalism, Globalization, and "Elite" Education in China: Becoming International.


Yi'En Cheng

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Yi'En Cheng

Dr Cheng will chair this seminar. He is a Research Fellow in the Asian Migration cluster at Asia Research Institute (ARI). His research interests lie in the intersection across education, youth and mobilities in Asian cities. He is currently researching on how international student mobilities in East and Southeast Asia are being reconfigured through shifting cultural and geo-politics of the Belt and Road Initiative and the COVID-19 pandemic. More information at


Heidi Østbø Haugen

The seminar series is hosted by Heidi Østbø Haugen, professor of China Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages. She heads the ERC-funded project Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex).



Other events in the Brokex Spring 2021 Seminar Series

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Date and time: 3 February 2021. 22:00 (Beijing), 15:00 (Oslo), 09:00 (EST). Sign-up.

Juan Du: The Shenzhen Experiment: The Story of China’s Instant City

Kean Fan Lim: On Shifting Foundations: State Rescaling, Policy Experimentation and Economic Restructuring in Post-1949 China

Discussant: Siv H. Oftedal

New Type of Great Power Relations: Global Power and Chinese National Identity

Date and time: 3 March 2021. 22:00 (Beijing), 15:00 (Oslo), 09:00 (EST). Sign-up.

Manjari Chatterjee Miller: Why Nations Rise: Narratives and the Path to Great Power

Lina Benabdallah: Shaping the future of power.Knowledge Production and Network Building in China-Africa Relations.

Discussant: Ilaria Carrozza

Assembling the New China: Labor Brokerage

Date and time: 7 April 2021. 22:00 (Beijing), 15:00 (Oslo), 09:00 (EST). Sign-up.

Julia Chuang: Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market

Xinrong Ma: "Entrapment by Consent": The Co-ethnic Brokerage System among Ethnic Yi Labor

Discussant: Yunyun Zhou


Heidi Østbø Haugen


Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages

The seminar is organized as part of the project Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex). The project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 802070).

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Published Jan. 24, 2021 11:04 PM - Last modified Aug. 18, 2021 10:29 AM