China (South); anthropology of food; consumption; regional cuisines; local speciality foods; urban society and the urban/rural divide; food commodity chains; borderlands; food and environment; food safety and risk; meat-eating and vegetarianism; ethnicity and local identities; socialist and postsocialist societies.
China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance
China’s economic development in the 20th and 21st centuries (especially agricultural and rural change, demographic and employment issues, consumption and living standards); evolution of ‘Greater China’; economic development of Taiwan and cross-Strait economic relations
Current research concerns the presence of Persians in Yuan (Mongol) China. Teaching concentrates on Mediaeval Persia. Involved in IFCELS with the Lord Chancellor's programme for Chinese Lawyers since the early 90s as well as pre-sessionals and ELAS.
Chinese and Buddhist art in museums; history of Yuanmingyuan (or ‘Summer Palace’) collections; museology; colonialism and material culture; post-colonial critiques of museum representations; history and theory of collecting; art and anthropology.
Contract, legal history, British overseas rule and the law especially in relation to the leased territory of Weihaiwei and to ethnic Chinese communities in Hong Kong and South East Asia, law and society in South East Asia, traditional Chinese law
Tibetan language from Old Tibetan to Modern Standard Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; historical, descriptive and corpus linguistics, in particular with reference to Tibetan or other Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan languages; Chinese minorities; Mongolian
Burmese languages and Burmese linguistics; language policy in Burma; experimental and acoustic phonetics; computer lexicography; minority languages of South East Asia; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto Burman languages; tone languages. Sign languages in Burma and South East Asia.
Contemporary politics of China: The Chinese Communist Party; political ideas; ideology; strategic thinking; elite politics; factionalism; political norms; policymaking; local government innovations; experimental zones; rural collectivism; city-clusters; democracy.
Geopolitics of Eurasia, Labour migration regulatory regimes in Russia and Kazakhstan, China's Belt and Road Initiative and effects on Central Asia, Politics in Central Asia, Development strategies in the Russian Far East
Twentieth-century Chinese history; Chinese foreign policy; China's 'peaceful rise' strategy; China's rising military might; China's soft power; China-UK relations; China-EU relations; China-US relations; China-Taiwan relations; China-Asia relations; Chinese politics; nature of political system in China; the Chinese Communist Party and democracy; human rights in China; Taiwan politics; Taiwan's external relations; Taiwan's democratisation; Taiwan's security; US-Taiwan relations; Hong Kong politics; Hong Kong's relations with mainland China; colonial history of Hong Kong.
Dr Yanan Song is a Lecturer in Diplomacy and Public Policy at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). Prior to joining SOAS she was a Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics at University of Exeter. She had her PhD degree in Politics at Durham University, and completed her MSc in International Public Policy at University College London (UCL).
Women and gender in China; gender and work; sexuality and organizations; migration; gender and intergenerational relations; ageing and family transitions; unemployment; social policy and welfare reforms in China.
Ideological history of pre-modern China; Chinese religions, notably Taoism and Buddhism; history of the Buddhist canon in China; Manichaeism and Iranian influences in medieval China; Chinese cultural relations with Central Asia