SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Yuanyuan Ma

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Yuanyuan Ma
Ms Yuanyuan Ma
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Thesis title:
Between National Essence and New Knowledge – Re-evaluating Xueheng in the 1920s and 1930s


My hometown is Nanjing China, the place where I stayed until the age of eighteen. Then I went to Beijing and received my BA degree in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Later I took my postgraduate study on English literature in University of Edinburgh. In 2006, I was enrolled as a MPhil/PhD student in the Department of China and Inner Asia at SOAS. I visited Nanjing University and Harvard University as fieldwork for research in the second year of my PhD programme. The current PhD research focuses on a “culturally conservative” journal, Xueheng, and a group of intellectuals named after the journal in China in 1920s and 1930s. I am interested in the plural voices in search of modernity during the May Fourth period, trying to go beyond the paradigm of the triad conservatism/ liberalism/ radicalism. Since my research is concerned about some of these intellectuals, who were educated in Harvard and devoted to introducing western thoughts and literature to China, I am also interested in the transmission and reception of knowledge in different cultural contexts.