SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Chen Ma

BA(Wuhan) MA(UIUC)
  • Research


Chen Ma
Chen Ma
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Thesis title:
Negotiating with Ambiguity: The Reconstruction of Ecological Consciousness in post-2000 Chinese Science Fictions
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Chen Ma is a PhD student in Department of China and Inner Asia at SOAS University of London. Her research interest lies primarily in the development of ecological consciousness in Chinese literature, particularly eco-oriented Chinese science fiction that sheds light on urban horror and forecasts future dilemma. In addition, she is keen to analyze the literary works of overseas Chinese writers, who have reconstructed their memories of historical trauma through literary writing under the influence of colonization, post-colonization, and transnationalism.

PhD Research

My research project mainly looks at Chinese eco-oriented Science Fictions. The analysis revolves on the increasingly noticeable and intricate dialogue between SF and ecocriticism. Probing into Chinese local context under restructured global patterns, my studies will shed particular light on Ecoambiguity within and beyond literary texts.Through the lens of Chinese eco-oriented SF, I hope to uncover the complex interplay between nature, culture, politics, ethnic relations, and international relationships shaped by China’s changing national discourse in past two decades. Meanwhile, to see how SF works as an ecological motif and poses further questions on Anthropocentrism and Posthumanism.


  • Association for Asian Studies, USA


  • Ecocriticism
  • Science Fiction
  • Overseas Chinese Literature
  • Trauma Studies