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Dr Derek Hird

Acting Head of Department, Department of Languages and Cultures, Deputy Director of Lancaster University Confucius Institute & Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies

Derek Hird

Confucious Institute



Tel: +44 1524 594684

Office Hours:

Michaelmas Term 2019

Friday 12-2pm 

Location: County Main B138

Research overview

My research principally concerns gender and class in contemporary China, with a particular focus on middle-class masculinities. I also have an interest in happiness and mental health in Chinese populations. I analyse these topics primarily from a cultural studies perspective. Ethnographic and narrative methodologies inform my methods for gathering data.  

PhD supervision

I welcome PhD proposals taking a cultural studies approach to topics relating to Chinese men and masculinities, Chinese transgender identities, Chinese gender identities and relations more broadly, Chinese feminist activism and theory, Chinese class identities and social stratification, and health and wellbeing in Chinese populations. Topics focusing specifically on China and/or on Chinese and Sinophone populations located elsewhere are welcome.

Current Teaching

CHIN200: Chinese Language 2 (Convenor)

DELC330: Chinese Culture and Society (Convenor)

DELC416: Academic and Practical Methods in Translation

External Roles

Co-editor of the Transnational Asian Masculinities book series (Hong Kong University Press)

East Asian Studies representative, University Council of Modern Languages, 2017-2020

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