Chinese Studies

Vivien Markert, M.A.

Research Assistant and PhD candidate, Department of Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen

 

Academic Career

  • 2019: Research Assistant and PhD candidate, Department of Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen
  • 2019: M.A. in Politics and Society of East Asia, University of Tübingen
  • 2016/17: Exchange semester at Xinjiang University, Urumqi (XUAR, China)
  • 2015: B.A. in Sinology / Sociology, University of Tübingen

Vivien Markert is a research assistant and PhD candidate since October 2019 at the Chair of Greater China Studies. In her M.A. thesis, she analysed Uyghur identity construction in official Chinese discourse and everyday practices of security in Xinjiang, particularly Urumqi. Her current research project analyzes the Sinicization of Islam in China. It examines shifting academic, political and public discourses on Islam and how the ‘Xinjiang Model’ now also affects the Hui ethnic minority, who so far have been considered to be China’s “Model Muslims”. Through the lens of Critical Security Studies, the thesis looks at the Sinicization of Islam as part of an ongoing securitization process, taking place within discourse and the Sinicization of everyday Islamic practices.

Research Focus:

  • History and Politics of Xinjiang
  • Islam in China
  • Sinicization of Islam and Ethnic Identity in China
  • Ethnic Harmony and Propaganda
  • Critical Security Studies