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Dr. Karsten Giese

Senior Research Fellow

Short CV

  • 2009: Guest professorship at Université Diderot/Paris VII

  • 2007: Visiting Scholar at the German Embassy Beijing

  • 2005 - 2015: Editor of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (formerly CHINA aktuell)

  • Since 2000: Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

  • 1990 - 2000: Interpreter and translator for Chinese

  • Education: Dr phil. in Modern China Studies (Free University Berlin); M.A. in Modern China Studies, Sociology und Political Science (in Berlin and Taibei); Diplom (equiv. M.A.) Translation/Interpretation of Chinese (Humboldt University of Berlin); Scholarships granted by the German Accademic Exchange Foundation DAAD (Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau ) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Germany)

Current Research

  • West African Traders as Translators Between Chinese and African Urban Modernities

  • Chinese Entrepreneurial Migrants in Urban West Africa – Sociocultural Impacts of Intercultural Interaction

  • Ethnic Migrant Workers in China – Perspectives of Poverty Reduction, Socioeconomic Development, Sociocultural Change and Individual Exploitation (planning stage)

Countries and Regions

  • China

  • Taiwan

Research Programme

  • Growth and Development


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