Professor Gerda Wielander

Associate Head - LAS - ER

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I am Professor of Chinese Studies and Associate Head (External Relations) of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

I completed both undergraduate and graduate studies of Sinology at the University of Vienna. My studies also included extended periods in China and Singapore. My MA dissertation was a first translation into English of a text on historiography by Liang Qichao; my PhD was a study of reaction to the Chinese democracy movement by Malaysia's Chinese population as evidence in the country's print media.

My professional life includes work at the University of Vienna, translation and interpreting work in the field of traditional Chinese medicine in both Austria and the UK, and Visiting Lectureships at a number of UK universities including SOAS and Cambridge.

I first started teaching at the University of Westminster as Visiting Lecturer in 1999. In 2008 I was appointed Principal Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Director of the Undergraduate Programme. From January 2014 to July 2018 I was Reader and Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. 

My teaching has covered a range of modules and topics on Chinese society and culture, modern history, society and politics of the PRC, post-Mao literature as well as Chinese language. I currently teach a course on concepts of happiness across cultures. 

My research focuses on the link between the personal and spiritual to wider social and political developments in China. I have published on various different aspects of Christian thought and belief in contemporary China, on social organisations and the meaning of socialism in the Chinese context. My current research analyses the links between notions of happiness and the Chinese political project.  My interest also extends to Chinese understandings of the mind or 'spirit' and the 'unconscious' and the place of women in Chinese academia. 

I am co-editor of the Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies http://bacsuk.org.uk/journal and East Asian Languages Section Editor for Modern Languages Open http://www.modernlanguagesopen.org/ 

2018

Happiness in Chinese Socialist Discourse - Ah Q and the "Visible Hand" (2018)
Wielander, G. 2018. Happiness in Chinese Socialist Discourse - Ah Q and the "Visible Hand". in: Wielander, G. and Hird, D. (ed.) Chinese Discourses on Happiness Hong Kong Hong Kong University Press.
Chinese Happiness - A Shared Discursive Terrain (2018)
Wielander, G. 2018. Chinese Happiness - A Shared Discursive Terrain. in: Wielander, G. and Hird, D. (ed.) Chinese Discourses on Happiness Hong Kong Hong Kong University Press.

2017

'As plants grow towards sunlight': Amity's NGO development centre through the lens of history (2017)
Wielander, G. 2017. 'As plants grow towards sunlight': Amity's NGO development centre through the lens of history. in: Blanchard, J.M. and Lin, K.C. (ed.) Governance, Domestic Change, and Social Policy in China: 100 years after the Xinhai Revolution London Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 45-66
Christianity and Positive Psychology - Are 'Western'Spiritual Practices Conquering the Chinese Spirit? (2017)
Wielander, G. 2017. Christianity and Positive Psychology - Are 'Western'Spiritual Practices Conquering the Chinese Spirit? in: Borup, Jorn and Fibiger, Marianne (ed.) Eastspirit: Transnational Spirituality and Religious Circulation in East and West Leiden Brill. pp. 172-91

2016

Translating Protestant Christianity into China: Questions of Indigenization and Sinification in a Globalized World (2016)
Wielander, G. 2016. Translating Protestant Christianity into China: Questions of Indigenization and Sinification in a Globalized World. in: Blumczynski, P. and Gillespie, J. (ed.) Translating Values: Evaluative Concepts in Translation London Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 213-235
Chinese Dreams of Socialism: Visions of a Better Future (2016)
Wielander, G. 2016. Chinese Dreams of Socialism: Visions of a Better Future. in: Koenig, L. and Chaudhuri, B. (ed.) The politics of the ‘other’: Western concepts in non-Western contexts London, New York Routledge. pp. 141-54

2018

Chinese Discourses on Happiness (2018)
Wielander, G. and Hird, D. (ed.) 2018. Chinese Discourses on Happiness. Hong Kong Hong Kong University Press.

2013

Christian values in Communist China (2013)
Wielander, G. 2013. Christian values in Communist China. London Routledge.

2014

Researching Chinese Christianity: (mis)conceptions and revelations (2014)
Wielander, G. 2014. Researching Chinese Christianity: (mis)conceptions and revelations. The China Story.
Book review: The Religion of Falun Gong. BENJAMIN PENNY. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2012. xiii + 262 pp. $45.00; £29.00. ISBN 978-0-226-65501-7 (2014)
Wielander, G. 2014. Book review: The Religion of Falun Gong. BENJAMIN PENNY. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2012. xiii + 262 pp. $45.00; £29.00. ISBN 978-0-226-65501-7. China Quarterly. 217, pp. 296-298.

2011

Beyond repression and resistance - Christian love and China's harmonious society (2011)
Wielander, G. 2011. Beyond repression and resistance - Christian love and China's harmonious society. The China Journal. 65, pp. 119-138.
Book review: Revenge of the forbidden city. The crackdown on the Falungong in China, 1999-2005 (2011)
Wielander, G. 2011. Book review: Revenge of the forbidden city. The crackdown on the Falungong in China, 1999-2005. China Quarterly. 206, pp. 435-437.
Book review: Civilising missions: international religious agencies in China, by Miwa Hirono (2011)
Wielander, G. 2011. Book review: Civilising missions: international religious agencies in China, by Miwa Hirono. China Journal. 66, pp. 219-220.

2009

Protestant and online: the case of Aiyan (2009)
Wielander, G. 2009. Protestant and online: the case of Aiyan. China Quarterly. 197, pp. 165-182.
Bridging the Gap? An investigation of Beijing intellectual house church activities and their implications for China's democratization (2009)
Wielander, G. 2009. Bridging the Gap? An investigation of Beijing intellectual house church activities and their implications for China's democratization. Journal of Contemporary China. 18 (62), pp. 849-864.

2013

The politics of the transcendental (2013)
Wielander, G. 2013. The politics of the transcendental. Joint research seminar Centre for the Study of Democracy and Contemporary China Centre. University of Westminster, London, UK 2 March 2013
Researching Chinese Christianity: (mis)conceptions and revelations (2013)
Wielander, G. 2013. Researching Chinese Christianity: (mis)conceptions and revelations. ANU China Seminar Series. Canberra 8 August 2013
Chinese Christians and the party-state: the perfect complementarian relationship? (2013)
Wielander, G. 2013. Chinese Christians and the party-state: the perfect complementarian relationship? Panel convenor: Spiritual journeys and meetings of the mind, CSAA. Hobart 10-11 July 2013
Missionaries and China’s modernization (2013)
Wielander, G. 2013. Missionaries and China’s modernization. Symposium: Transcultural Performance. True Heart Theatre’s Performance of Golden Child by David Henry Hwang. University of East London, Theatre Research Centre 7 October 2013
Chinese Christian values online: harmony in diversity (2013)
Wielander, G. 2013. Chinese Christian values online: harmony in diversity. Panel: Religion and the Internet in China. ICAS8 (International Convention of Asian Studies Scholars). Macao 24 June 2013

2012

Love, faith and the CCP (2012)
Wielander, G. 2012. Love, faith and the CCP. British Association of Chinese Studies, Annual Conference. Oxford, UK 3-5 September 2012
Christian love, faith and the CCP (2012)
Wielander, G. 2012. Christian love, faith and the CCP. King’s College, Lau China Institute Research Seminar. London, UK 28 November 2012

2011

From minsheng to hexie shehui: addressing social inequality through social welfare. China's Amity Foundation as an example of Big Society (2011)
Wielander, G. 2011. From minsheng to hexie shehui: addressing social inequality through social welfare. China's Amity Foundation as an example of Big Society. Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS) International Symposium and 24th Annual Meeting. King's College London 17 - 19 Jun 2011
Amity foundation: joining the grass roots and the local state in China's 'harmonious society' (2011)
Wielander, G. 2011. Amity foundation: joining the grass roots and the local state in China's 'harmonious society'. International Symposium on China's Appeal and its Discontents. Hong Kong Shue Yan University 20 - 23 Jun 2011

2009

Chinese Christian Thought and China's "Moral Reconstruction" (2009)
Wielander, G. 2009. Chinese Christian Thought and China's "Moral Reconstruction". Research Seminar. Beijing, Renmin Daxue 14 May 2009
The political activism of Beijing House Church Intellectuals (2009)
Wielander, G. 2009. The political activism of Beijing House Church Intellectuals. Seminar at Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Foreign and Commonwealth Office London 8 June 2009
Love as a Political Concept in China's Harmonious Society (2009)
Wielander, G. 2009. Love as a Political Concept in China's Harmonious Society. JEASC Conference. University of Sheffield 8-10 September 2009
Generous and cultural inspirational: how the UK higher education sector can contribute to Britain's role as host of international events (2009)
Wielander, G. 2009. Generous and cultural inspirational: how the UK higher education sector can contribute to Britain's role as host of international events. Languages in Higher Eucation: transitions and connections. Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, York 08 - 09 Jul 2009
China's Harmonious Society - Towards a Politics of Love? (2009)
Wielander, G. 2009. China's Harmonious Society - Towards a Politics of Love? A Century of Change: China and Modernization, 1900-Present. Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 16-18 September 2009
All you need is Love? - Love as a Political Force in China's Harmonious Society (2009)
Wielander, G. 2009. All you need is Love? - Love as a Political Force in China's Harmonious Society. SOAS Lunchtime Seminars. SOAS, London 27 October 2009

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