Humanities Research Center’s Citizenship Lab proudly funds Professor Annemieke van den Dool’s research project, The Role of Citizens in Lawmaking.
Title: The role of citizens in lawmaking in China Project members: Professor Annemieke van den Dool, Ph.D. (Public Policy) and UG student (TBD)
Since the early 2000s, lawmakers in China have started to engage citizens in policy formulation through increased transparency, digitalization, and a formal public consultation procedure. The Legislation Law (2000) states that “Legislation should embody the people’s will … and guarantee that the people participate in legislative activities through various channels.” However, the question is to what extent the interests of citizens are indeed considered during lawmaking by the National People’s Congress.
To address this question, through qualitative content analysis of legislative records and case studies, this project analyses the extent to which NPC delegates draw attention to citizens and citizen concerns during lawmaking processes.
Student Job Title: Research Assistant for The Citizenship Lab at the Humanities Research Center Number of Students to Hire: 1 (open to students from any track) Stipend: 40 RMB/hour Workload: Project based, and up to 10hrs/week Starting date: Immediately
Title: Dreaming of “Heavenly Citizenship”: Religious Conversion to Shincheonji (新天地) Among Korean Youths Project members: Professor Hyun Jeong Ha, Ph.D. (Sociology) and Jiin Kim (Undergraduate student researcher)
Project title: The Feminine Fabulation: An Interdisciplinary Reading of Female K-Pop Idols’ Star Texts
Project summary: This project presents an interdisciplinary examination of the complex and in-depth dimensions of society manifested in visual and entertainment culture by focusing on female K-Pop idols’ star texts in the globalization era. It shall revisit the potential of feminine qualities through female idols’ embodied dialogues with particular social and cultural ideologies. Ultimately, the findings on these postmodern star texts will be approached as fabulations that bring together “archaic and contemporary, as well as documentary and fictional” to produce collective storytelling, and in turn, contributes to “the making of a people” (Chow 2007, pp.25). Continue reading “Student Research Project: Meixuan Wang’s “The Feminine Fabulation: An Interdisciplinary Reading of Female K-Pop Idols’ Star Texts””
Project title: My Great Grandmother, My Grand Aunt, My Grandmother, My Mother and I: A Family Album
Project summary: Shuyuan’s signature work will be an exploration of female intergenerational relations in a patriarchal context. By using photography as her main artistic medium, she draws from her own and her family’s experiences to present a personal, first-person perspective on social issues related to gender and generation in China over the last century. The long-term goal of this project is to use art to focus on intergenerational relationships of women in a patriarchal setting. By focusing on her own past and complex family structure, she hopes that her artworks will interact with the static patriarchal art world and draw the viewer’s attention to two long-neglected social issues: aberrant gender inequality and intergenerational relationships in Chinese society. Continue reading “Student Research Project: Shuyuan Zhou’s “My Great Grandmother, My Grand Aunt, My Grandmother, My Mother and I: A Family Album””