Mingqing Yuan, M.A.

Mingqing Yuan, M.A.


Elite Master Program "Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures"
Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Room: Room 02.274
Henkestr.91, Haus 8, Stock 2
91052 Erlangen

Curriculum Vitae


04.2016–04.2022  Junior Fellow/Ph. D student
Transcultural English Studies (grade: sum cum laude)
Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)
University of Bayreuth, Germany

10.2013-12.2015  Master of Arts in Transcultural Anglophone Studies
University of Bayreuth, Germany

09.2012–03.2015  Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication
Shanghai International Studies University, China

09.2008–07.2012  Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature
Henan University, China

Research Interests

China-Africa, Africa-Asia, transcultural studies, Cultural Cold War, postcolonial studies

Taught Course/Invited Seminars

23.12.2021 “Rethinking the Third World: Literary Kenya-China”. Peking University, Lecture Series “Africa-Asia on the move”

05.2021-07 Introduction to Transcultural English Studies. University of Bayreuth.

27.03.2021 “Cultural Interactions between Africa and China from the 20th century to Date”. (Online) AG-Afrika des Evangelischen Studienwerks, Germany.

15.01.2020 “Black Skin, Yellow Masks: Translation and Representation of Africa in China from 1949 to 1965”. Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany.

Working Experience

01.2021-03.2021 Recalibrating Afrikanistik fellow a project initiated by University of Leipzig, University of Bayreuth, and University of Cologne

10.2019-10.2020 Junior Fellow Representative at BIGSAS writing monthly newsletter, organizing events and meetings for junior fellows, channeling information and negotiating among different parties

01.01.2019-31.08 Research Assistant at Professorship for Anglistik, Uni Bayreuth Assisting teaching and organizing BIGSAS African and diasporic African Literature festival

06.-09.2016  Research Assistant at Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies participating in the film project “Undoing Images” and interviewing and filming scholars of African studies

01.07.-30.07.2013 Internship at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication Portland, the United States, organizing events, preparing workshop materials and facilitating internal and external communication


19.11. 2021 International Club Award of University of Bayreuth
awarded to one emerging non-German scholar under 35 years old

Additional Activities

02.2022-present “Africa Lounge” Podcast Organizing and hosting a podcast introducing Africa to Chinese audiences
08.2019-09.2019 Field Research in Kenya Archival research and interviews with Kenyan writers and artists
09.2018-01.2019 Erasmus exchange at School of Oriental and African Studies University of London, Department of African Languages and Culture
02.07.-26.07.2018 Summer School of Institute of World Literature Participating and presenting in different workshops Tokyo: Tokyo University, Japan.
2015-2020. BIGSAS Festival of African and African-diasporic Literatures Inviting, fundraising and interviewing invited guests, organizing and chairing different sessions
Journal Reviews: Journal of African Cultural Studies, Asian Journal of African Studies


Journal Articles
Yuan, Mingqing. & Jodie Yuzhou Sun, Lifang Zhang. ‘“Third World” Crossings: Afro-Asian Travelogues in the 1960s’, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, accepted with minor revision.

Yuan, Mingqing. & Ninon Chavoz. “Qui a peur de la Chinafrique? « The Road Workers of Chalbi » de Dalle Abraham et « The Sale » de Tendai Huchu”. Etudes Littéraires Africaines, 2021, 52, pp.13-26. (France, peer-reviewed)

Yuan, Mingqing (contact person). & Yuning Shen. “’China, unaona mkono yangu ama unanini?’: The Wedding Engagement between Kenya and China in the Churchill Comedy Show”. Journal of African Cultural Studies, 2021, p. 1-16. (UK, A&HCI, peer-reviewed) https://doi.org/10.1080/13696815.2021.1940886

Yuan, Mingqing. “Fieldwork in Nairobi: Becoming Chinku and the Third Mankind”. BIGSAS Works, edited by Nikitta Dede Adjirakor, Oladapo Opeyemi Ajayi, Hanza Diman & Mingqing Yuan, 2021, p. 55-67. (Germany, peer-reviewed) https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00005680

Yuan, Mingqing. “The Myth of Zheng He: Kenya-China Encounters in Yvonne Owuor’s The Dragonfly Sea”. Afrika Focus, Vol 33, No. 2 (2020): China in Africa and Africa in China, p. 11-26. (Netherlands, peer-reviewed) https://doi.org/10.21825/af.v33i2.17574

Book Chapters

Yuan, Mingqing. “Class and Literature: Cross-Cutting Theorisations and Practices of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Mao Zedong in Education”. Decolonisation of Higher Education in Africa: Perspectives from Hybrid Knowledge Production, edited by Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis, Irina Turner, Abraham Brahima. Abingdon: Routledge, 2020, p. 159-176. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429355288 (peer-reviewed).

Yuan, Mingqing. “Power Relations and the Body in Transcultural Communication: Reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith”. Interculturality and Literature, edited by Michael Steppat. Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, 2019, p.297-318. (peer-reviewed).

Media articles
Yuan, Mingqing. “Kofi Awoonor and China: Travels of Afro-Asian Poetry in the Early 1960s”. Global South Studies, July 6, 2022. https://globalsouthstudies.as.virginia.edu/bookforum/penpoint african-literatures-postcolonial-studies-and-cold-war

Yuan, Mingqing. “Beyond the Nobel Prize: Who is Gurnah? Whose Gurnah?”“在诺贝尔奖之外:谁是古尔纳?谁的古尔纳?”. The Paper, Oct. 13, 2021. https://m.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_14872484

Yuan, Mingqing. & Lifang Zhang. “Afro-Asian Literary Activities in the Cold War and Chinese Translation of African Literature”“冷战时期的亚非文学运动,与非洲文学的中译史”. The Paper, Aug. 19, 2020. https://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_8788202

Selected Academic Presentations

07.06.2022-10.06 “Translating Africa, Imagining the Afro-Asia: African Literature in the 1960s’ China” The Association for African Studies in Germany (VAD), Freiburg
25.02.2022 “Between the Cold War and the Third World: Toward a Transnational Archive of Literary Africa-China” Online Mini-Symposium CAAC 2022, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
26.07.2021-30.07 “Re-writing History, Re-imagining Boundaries: A Comparative Reading of The Dragonfly Sea and Child of Mixed Blood Across the Indian Ocean”. (Online) Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Virtual Conference, Singapore.
08.04.2021-11.04 “China in African Literature and Africa in Chinese Literature during the Cold War”. (Online) American Comparative Literature Conference, Montreal, Canada.
19.10.2019-21.10 “Representations of China-Kenya Encounters in Literary Narrative: goods, markets and friends”. Tenth Annual Symposium of the Consortium for Asian and African Studies, Shanghai: Shanghai International Studies University, China.
19.08.2019-21.08 “China in the World of Ngugi wa Thiong’o: Alterations and Transformations” 5th Eastern African Cultural and Literary Studies Conference, Bahir Dar: Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.
11.06.2019-14.06 “Money, Love and Debt: China-Kenya Relations in Churchill Show”. European Conference of African Studies, Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, UK.
14.06.2017-17.06 “Hidden and Intertwined Memories: the Global South in Nairobi to Shenzhen”. African Literature Association Annual Conference. New Haven: Yale University, USA.