PhD Programme The Chair of Chinese Culture and Society participates in doctoral supervision and training. Prof. Daria Berg welcomes applications on topics related to Chinese culture, literature, history, art, gender and so on. Please make sure your proposal explores issues related to Prof. Berg’s research fields. Please apply through the formal channel here to the DOK programme at the University of St. Gallen, listing Prof. Daria Berg as your potential supervisor. Current PhD students: Katrin Geiseler "Voices on Chinese Higher Education: An Analysis of the Cultural Discourse in Early 21st Century" Abstract: The dissertation analyses voices on Chinese Higher Education which stories and perspectives reflect a Chinese school and university reality as well as a social order in China different to statements of the official political-scientific discourse. In the tradition of Pierre Bourdieu’s “verstehende Soziologie” the dissertation aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the hidden power structures and mechanisms of the Chinese Higher Education system by analysing those voices. The analysis focuses on Han Hans’s novel Triple Door, his education related blog entries and the feedback among Han Han’s readers, moreover on Yan Lianke’s novel Elegy and Academe as well as interviews with Chinese students in Germany and China. The methodological approach for analysing the novels and blog entries follows the context based literature analysis of Stephen Greenblatt, Glen Dudbridge, Sheldon H. Lu and Daria Berg. Jean-Claude Kaufmann’s methodology “verstehendes Interview” is applied for conducting and assessing the interviews with Chinese students. The analysis is conceptualized, based on central findings of Bourdieu`s social theory and integrated into an explanatory model for the hidden power structures and mechanisms of the Chinese Higher Education system. This model explains both, mechanisms by which the Chinese Higher Education system reproduces the existing social structure in China, and transformation processes in Chinese society that influence the Chinese Higher Education system. Sergio de Eccher "The role of internet in Chinese cyber-space: The struggle between internet censorship and digital dissent in Chinese society." For a short summary of his work please click here.