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Valeria Zanier

Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-OR/21 Chinese and South Asian Languages and Literatures

Short Bio

Associate professor at Bologna since 2022, she combines her interest for entrepreneurs and business culture in contemporary China with social, economic and business history in early PRC (1950s – early 1960s). In particular, she focuses on China’s global interactions in the years of the country’s maximum isolation, answering the following research question: Is it possible to incorporate the Maoist experience into China’s longer-term search for modernization in the XXth century? In her works, Zanier has showed that, regardless of the deep influence of the bipolar setting, at enterprise and sub-national administrative level, China cultivated transnational networks with Socialist and capitalist actors which were conducive to economic and technological modernization. Her ongoing research projects include: a book on the practice of NATO economic sanctions against China during the Cold War with a major international publisher and the compilation of a Corpus of Texts related to CCP Cultural Policy in English and Chinese.

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Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne
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In the first semester Professor Zanier will receive by appointment. Students are invited to contact her via email.