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Chang Liu, M.A.

Graduate Student

Chang Liu, M.A.


  • Ph.D. Candidate, GPTS-9
  • Research associate at Jilin University Institute for Chinese Studies

Contact information

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 017
69115 Heidelberg


About Chang Liu

Chang Liu (ch. 刘倡) completed his B.A. in 2006 in Manchuria and then moved to Beijing to pursue a career in the music industry. He started as the PR manager of Beijing's first medium sized live music venue Star Live and in collaboration with outside promoters he organized the following artists' Beijing concert: Sonic Youth, James Blunt, Ziggy Marley, Mando Diao, to name just a few. Then he moved on to work with Michael Pettis - professor of finance at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University - to promote China's alternative and underground music at Maybe Mars Records. His last full time position in the music industry was the musical affairs officer of the French Embassy in China. In 2011, he left everything behind and moved to Germany to continue his adventure in the academia.

In Germany, he studied Intercultural Anglophone Studies, Modern Chinese Studies, Sinology at Bayreuth University, Würzburg University, and Erlangen-Nürnberg University. His research interests include ecocriticism, critical whiteness studies, gender studies, American Bildungsroman, American Modernist Drama, Chinese rock, folk, and patriotic song lyrics, contemporary Chinese literary history.

Currently he holds a doctoral fellowship at Heidelberg University's Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in Global Context, and works on his dissertation project which examines China's dakou generation.

Curriculum vitae

Academic Experience:

April 2017 - Aug 2017 Visiting Research Fellow at The Göttingen University North American Studies Program, Göttingen, Germany.

Nov. 2015 – Research Associate at Jilin University Institute for Chinese Studies, Changchun, China.

June 2016 Conference and Research at The Free University of Berlin John F. Kennedy Institute, Berlin, Germany.

2012 – 2013 Tutor at the chair of English Literature, Course: “Introduction to English and American Literary Studies.” The University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Non-Academic Work Experience:

2010 – 2011 Musical Affairs Officer, The French Embassy in China (Beijing)

2008 – 2010 Media Executive, Maybe Mars Records (Beijing)

2007 – 2008 Project Manager, The Star Live Culture Co., Ltd. (Beijing)

Selected publications

Journal Issues:

Ecocriticism and Chinese Literature. Special cluster for Chinese Culture Forum. Vol. 13 (1), 2018. (co-edited with Timo Müller)

Journal Articles:

“Under The Western Gaze: The Construction of Masculinity and Femininity in Chinese Rock Music.” Journalism and Communication. Vol. 111 (2014) Issue 21. - pp. 110-123. (Published in Chinese《西方视角及中国摇滚乐中男性气质和女性气质的构建》新闻与传播研究:中国社会科学论坛“第五届中国-北欧妇女与性别国际研讨会”专辑 第二十一卷增刊, 总第一一一期 2014. pp. 110-123.)

Book Chapters:

“From Snowball to Pomegranate Seeds: The Troubled Position of Han within Chinese Multiculturalism.” American Multiculturalism in Context. Ed. Sämi Ludwig. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. 507-518.


(English to Chinese) Heise, Ursula. “World Literature and the Environment” (世界文学与环境). 华夏文化论坛. June. 2018. Print.

(English to Chinese) Ehrenwirth, Rebecca. “'Floating Identity'? Feelings of Belonging in Contemporary Sinophone Literature in Thailand” (“漂泊身份”?——论当代泰华文学中的归属感). 华夏文化论坛. Dec. 2016. Print.

Conference Papers:

"China, Dakou Generation and Western Music Industry's Waste." Asia and the Pacific - 3rd Scientific Forum LMU-China Academic Network. Rachel Carson Center at LMU Munich, November 2017, Munich, Germany.

“In Between Yellow and Red: China in The Catcher in the Rye.” American Colours – The 25th Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association for American Studies. The University of Southern Denmark, May 2017, Odense, Denmark.

“Manchu China, Nationalist China, and Communist China – The Changing Chinese Political Regime and Its Impact on America's Literary Representation of Traditional Chinese Masculinity.” Cultural Tradition and World Sinophone Literature. Jilin University, August 2016, Changchun, China.

“China's Dakou Generation and the Dilemma of Environmental Justice.” New European Research on Contemporary China Conference 3rd Edition. Delegation of the European Union to China, July 2016, Beijing, China.

“Pirate Music, Transnational Waste and Environmental Justice: Retelling the Story of China's Dakou Generation.” Musical Modernity in Asia – 8th Annual International Asian Dynamics Initiative Conference. University of Copenhagen, June 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Transnational Waste and Environmental Justice: An Ecological Approach to China's Dakou Generation.” Waste in Asia International Conference. Leiden University, June 2016, Leiden, The Netherlands.

“The Transnational Flow of Plastic Waste between China and America: Retelling the Sroty of China's Dakou Generation and Environmental Justice.” John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies. Free University Berlin, June 2016, Berlin, Germany.

“Multiculturalism and its dilemma in selected Chinese Patriotic Song Lyrics.” American Multiculturalism in Context, Université de Haute Alsace, March 2015, Mulhouse, France.

“Censorship and The Right to Artistic Freedom in China's Pop Music Industry.” Recht und Gerechtigkeit in China, XXV. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Vereinigung für Chinastudien, Universität Münster, November 2014, Münster, Germany.

“Negotiating A Place For Chinese Women in Chinese Rock Music.” The 5th Sino-Nordic Gender and Women's Studies Conference, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, September   2014, Beijing, China.