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Jing Zhu

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Jing received her PhD of History from the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Dr Stephen McDowall and Professor Francesca Bray. Before joining XJTLU, she held her Postdoctoral fellowship in the University of Warwick, Humboldt University in Berlin and London Science Museum. Jing is interested in the history of images and material cultures, and her interdisciplinary research explores the intersections of history of empire, visuality, frontier studies, gender history, anthropology, and history of sciences. This features in her monograph Visualising Ethnicity in the Southwest Borderlands: Gender and Representation in Late Imperial and Republican China (Leiden: Brill, 2020).

Research interests

Visual and Material Culture

Gender and ethnicity

Visual representation

Miao albums, ethnographic photography

History of anthropology, ethnic minorities in the Southwest Asian borderland


University of Warwick, CCKF Postdoctoral Fellow of Global History and Culture Center, 2019-2020

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Postdoctoral Fellow of Forum Transregionale Studien (Joint Programme with Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut), 2018-2019

Science Museum, London, UK-China Rutherford Curatorial Research Fellow, 2018


Chinese History

Introduction to Chinese Literature

West China

Awards and honours

RDF award, XJTLU, RMB 86,000. Project Project (2021-2024): Medical Objects in Motion: Collecting, Gender and Representation of Chinese Medicine in the UK

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. of History, University of Edinburgh, 2018

MSc. University of Edinburgh, Eighteenth Century Cultural History, 2013

B.A. University of Nottingham Ningbo China, 2012

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