Chinese Studies

Dr. Beatrice Zani

Dr Beatrice Zani received her PhD in sociology from Lyon 2 University (France) in 2019, with a dissertation entitled 'Mobilities, translocal economies and emotional modernity. From the factory to digital platforms, between China and Taiwan', sup: Pr. L. Roulleau-Berger (CNRS, ENS Lyon) and Pr. H-H. M. Hsiao (Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica).

She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan, T@T fellow, University of Tübingen. Previously, she was a  lecturer in political science and Asian Studies at Lyon's Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Lyon). She is research associate at TRIANGLE Research Centre/ the International Advanced Laboratory 'Post Western Sociology in Europe and in China', ENS Lyon/Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Currently, she is also serving on the Executive Board of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) and the Execute Board of the network ‘Migration’ of the French Sociological Association. So far, she has received the Young Author’s Award by the journal Sociologie du travail (sociology of work) – 2021; the Christian Ricourt Prize of the Young Researcher in Taiwanese Studies -2017; the Prize for Human Rights by Lyon’s League of Human Rights - 2017.

Her research interests include migration, mobilities and globalisation, ICT and digital platforms; markets, labour and migrant entrepreneurship, and emotion. She is involved in several international research projects (France, Italy, China, Taiwan) about forced mobilities, transnational economies and markets, migrants’ economic disqualification, as well as migration, virtuality and online intimacies.

Through multi-sited ethnographic work, including more than one-hundred forty interviews, Dr Zani’s doctoral research focused on Chinese migrant women’s transnational mobilities between China and Taiwan: migrants who move from the countryside to the city, their marriage-migration to Taiwan and, eventually, re-migration to China post-divorce. With close attention to the link between migration, emotion, and ICT, her work focused on the development of digital social networks, solidarity practices, and e-entrepreneurship by women to undo a condition of subalternity along their multiple mobilities.

Her ongoing post-doctoral research investigates Chinese ‘connected’ migrant entrepreneur’s trading activities on the new digitalised Silk Roads which connect China to Dubai, Taiwan and Singapore. She is studying the Chinese digital diaspora’s transnational e-entrepreneurship and the emergence of novel capitalistic poles which are East-wards oriented. Throughout multi-sited ethnographic work and digital ethnography, her research project explores the changing nature of work, mobility, and global economy and proposes a long-term and comparative understanding of the plurality of capitalisms.