QIU Yu

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity at Göttingen

Bio

Dr. QIU Yu is currently a guest fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. She was an Africa-Asian postdoctoral fellow at African Studies Centre, Leiden University and International Institute for Asian Studies. She received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Social Anthropology at University of Cambridge, after graduating from Tsinghua University (P.R.China) with a major in Sociology. She is the recipient of many prestigious scholarships including the Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholarship, the Chiang Ching-kuo Doctoral Fellowship, the Smuts Research Grants. During the past years, Qiu has research interests in a range of issues including: ethics across borders; marriage, immigration and law; emotional, effective and intimate dimension of China-Africa interactions; gender, race and identity. In her doctoral research, Qiu takes an interdisciplinary approach to unpacking the private and intimate life of Nigerian migrant traders in Guangzhou (China), and pays a particular attention to the socio-cultural logic behind the gendered establishment of intimate/business partnerships between these traders and Chinese women. She has conducted fieldwork in China and Nigeria. From December 2018, she will serve as a China-Africa Peace Fellow of the Social Science Research Council (US), and conduct research about China’s cultural-ethical influence in Botswana. Her latest publication includes, ‘When the Chinese become “masters”: Social dependence, entrepreneur ethics and the arrival of Chinese people in a post-colonial Nigeria’ in Yellow Perils: Contemporary China narratives F. Billé &S. Urbansky (eds.) Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Award Information

China-Africa Peace Fellowship

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity at Göttingen

Peace, Stability, Harmony and China's "Soft Power" in Botswana