Daria Berg

Publications Publications of Daria Berg
Main Focuses
  • Chinese Literature and Culture
  • Chinese Cultural History
  • Media and Internet in China
  • Chinese Popular Culture
Fields of research
  • Chinese Culture and Literature
  • Chinese Cultural History
Further fields of research
  • Media and Internet in China
  • Chinese Popular Culture
Education 1995 D. Phil. Oxford University, UK (Chinese Studies)
1992 Certificate, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan (Postgraduate Research in Chinese Literature & History)
1991 Diploma, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan (Advanced Japanese Language Programme)
1990 Diploma, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan (Intermediate Japanese Language Porgramme)
1988 M. Litt., Transfer Examination, Oxford University, UK (Chinese Studies)
1987 Diploma, Fu Jen University, Tapei, ROC (Modern and Classical Chinese Literature & Philosophy)
1987 Certificate, Mandarin Daily News Language Center, Taipei, ROC(Modern and Classcial Chinese Language and Literature)
1986 Diploma, Fudan University, Shanghai, China (Modern and Classical Chinese Language & Literature)
1985 Intermediate Examination, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany (in Sinology & English Literature)
Professional Career

2011-Present: University of St.Gallen, Chair Professor of Chinese Culture and Society
2007-2011: University of Nottingham, Associate Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies and Research Director (2011), School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
2005-2006: University of Nottingham, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies
1995-2005: University of Durham, Durham, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies
1995: Oxford University, Part-time Lecturer in Classcial Chinese
1994-1995: Oxford University, Randall-McIver Junior Research Fellor, Chinese Literature
1994-1998: Oxford University and Taiwan National University, Research fellow, Project on Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples
1994-1995: Oxford University, Tutor in Modern Chinese Literature
1992-1995: Oxford University, Tutor in Classical Chinese and Early Modern Vernacular Literature 

Teaching Activities

LIST OF COURSES TAUGHT 

List of Courses Taught by Professor Daria Berg 


Courses taught in the following University of St.Gallen Programmes: 

BA: Bachelor;
MA: Master;
PL: Public Lectures;
IEMBA: International Executive MBA, Executive School, University of St.Gallen;
SGI-HSG: St.Gallen Institute of Management in Asia, Singpore

Spring 2021 

“China under Xi Jinping: What does it Mean for China’s Economy and Society?” (with Guido Cozzi; MA) “Integrative Portfolio Media” (BA, MA)

Autumn 2020 

“Modern China in History and Film” (BA)
“Integrative Portfolio Media” (with Veronica Barassi; BA, MA)
“Chinas Erster Kaiser” (“China’s First Emperor”) (PL) 

Spring 2020 

“Transformation: A View from Media and Culture” (BA)
“China under Xi Jinping: What does it Mean for China’s Economy and Society?” (with Guido Cozzi; MA) “Integrative Portfolio Media” (BA, MA) 

Autumn 2019 

“Pop Culture in China” (BA)
“Asia Compact: Competence in Intercultural Communication at SGI-HSG, Singapore” (MA)
“Singapore Field School in Intercultural Competence at SGI-HSG, Singapore” (DOK) 
Spring 2019 

“China’s New Super Cities: A Cultural Journey” (BA)
“Women, Gender and Responsibility in China” (MA)
“Wealth Creation in China” (with Tomas Casas; MA) 

Autumn 2018 

“Modern China in History and Film” (BA)
“‘Superpower China’: Economic Imbalances & Cultural Shifts” (with Guido Cozzi;  MA)
“Asia Compact: Competence in Intercultural Communication at SGI-HSG, Singapore”  (MA) 
Spring 2017 

“Pop Culture in China“ (BA)
“Youth Culture in China” (MA) “China Invents the Future” (with Tomas Casas, MA)
“Cultural Studies: Text and New Media in the Digital Age” (with Ulrich Schmid, DOK) 
Autumn 2016 

“China’s Transformation: A View from Media and Culture” (BA)
“China’s Avantgarde: Authors, Artists and Activists” (MA)
“‘Superpower China’: Economic Imbalances & Cultural Shift” (with Guido Cozzi, MA)
“The Organisation of Media, Globalising Markets and Transcultural Communication” (DOK) 
Spring 2016 

“Modern China in History and Film” (BA)
“China’s Generation X and the City: Transcultural Communication in China’s Emerging World Cities” (MA)
“China Invents the Future: The Culture of Entrepreneurship, Technology and Social Networks” (with Tomas Casas, MA)
“The Organisation of Media, Globalising Markets and Transcultural Communication” (DOK)  
Autumn 2016

“China’s New Super Cities: A Cultural Journey” (BA)

“Women, Gender and Responsibility in China” (MA) 

“‘Superpower China’: Economic Imbalances & Cultural Shifts” (with Guido Cozzi; MA)
“Chinas Neue Popkultur” (PL) 
Autumn 2015 

“China’s Transformation: A View from Media and Culture” (BA)
“China’s Avantgarde: Authors, Artists and Activists” (MA)
“‘Superpower China’: Economic Imbalances & Cultural Shifts” (with Guido Cozzi, MA)
“World Culture and Globalisation: China, New Media, Gender” (DOK Kolloquium)
“China vom Kaiser bis Mao: Geschichte und Film im 20. Jahrhundert, 1900-1976” (“China from Empire to Mao: History and Film in the Twentieth Century, 1900-1976”, PL) 
Spring 2015 

“Pop Culture in China” (BA)
“Youth Culture in China” (MA)
“The Chinese Dream: Twenty-First Century Superpower” (MA) 
Autumn 2014

“China’s New World Cities: A Cultural Journey” (BA)
“Women, Gender and Responsibility in China” (MA)
“‘Superpower China’: Economic Imbalances & Cultural Shifts “(with Guido Cozzi; MA)
“Chinas Neue Superstädte: Eine kulturelle Reise” (“China’s New Super Cities: A Cultural Journey”, PL) 
Spring 2014 

“Film and Culture in China” (BA)
“Cultural Entrepreneurs and Creative Industries in China” (MA)
“Generation X and the Chinese City: Transcultural Communication in China’s Emerging World Cities” (MA)  
Autumn 2013 

“China’s Transformation: A View from Media and Culture” (BA)
“China’s Avantgarde: Authors, Artists and Activists” (MA)
“Transforming China: New Media and Culture between Consumerism and Censorship” (DOK)
“BRICs Transcultural Perspective: Business in China” (IEMBA; Executive School)
“Kurtisanen, Künstlerinnen und Cybervamps: Chinesische Frauen in Geschichte und Gegenwart” (“Courtesans, Artists and Cybervamps: Chinese Women Past and Present”, PL) 
Spring 2013 

“Pop Culture in China” (BA)
“Youth Culture in China” (MA) 
Autumn 2012

“China’s Culture of Consumption” (BA)
“Gender and Responsibility in China” (MA)
“Künstler, Schriftsteller und Intellektuelle in China – Ai Weiwei und die chinesische Avantgarde” (“Artists, Writers and Intellectuals in China – Ai Weiwei and China’s Avantgarde”, PL)  
Spring 2012 

“Cinema in China” (BA)
“Entrepreneurialism in Chinese Culture” (MA) 
Autumn 2011 

“Media and Culture in a Globalising China” (BA)
“Digital Dissent: Internet Authors, Artists and Activists in Twenty-first Century China” (MA)

Projects

Prof. Daria Berg and Dr Giorgio Strafella conducted four main research projects in 2020. 

1.     The Avant-Garde in Post-Socialist China, 1978-2018: The Art of TransculturalityBerg and Strafella have conducted a major research project on transculturality in contemporary Chinese art and literature. It resulted in the publication of a co-edited volume on avantgarde art and literature in today’s China. The book (under contract with Routledge) includes contributions by scholars from China, Europe and the United States and also essays on Chinese art by Swiss art collector and patron of the arts Uli Sigg. 

2.     Cultural Entrepreneurs and Creative Industries in ChinaBerg and Strafella have also conducted a major research project on cultural entrepreneurship and creative industries in China. Following the successful organisation of the workshop “New Media, Creative Industries and Cultural Entrepreneurs in China” at the University of St.Gallen, Berg and Strafella are co-editing a special section entitled “Cultural Entrepreneurs in China’s New Mediascape” for an international journal. It offers contributions by international scholars of Chinese culture, society, literature and intellectual history on the role of the new media and cultural industries in today’s China, focusing on the figure of the cultural entrepreneur and their influence on people’s values and tastes. The articles examine cultural entrepreneurship active in literary creation, publication, traditional and online broadcasting, cinema and social media. Contributors to the special section include Marco Fumian (‘Orientale’ University of Naples, Italy), Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (Monash University Malaysia), Helena Wu (University of Zurich, Switzerland) and Yi Zheng (University of New South Wales, Australia). 

3.     Urban Landscapes and Utopia

A research project on urban culture and utopia in Chinese art and literature is also being conducted. Findings from this project were presented at international conferences including the European Association of Chinese Studies and the International Convention of Asia Scholars. The output is a book chapter by Berg and Strafella, “Ruins in the Post-Human Wilderness: Future Landscapes from the Intellectual Crisis of the 1990s to Cao Fei” for the volume Whose Utopia: Sinophone Reimaginations of the Future, edited by Jessica Imbach, Justyna Jaguscik and Andrea Riemenschnitter. 

4.     Liberalism in China Finally, Berg and Strafella carried out a research project on the history of liberalism in China from the early modern era (ca. 1600) until today. The output of this project is a co-authored chapter in a handbook on global liberalism edited by Michael Festl (University of St.Gallen).    

Affiliations Member of the Association of Asian Studies, US
Member of the European Association for Chinese Studies, EU
Member of the Universities’ China Committee London, UK
Member of the British Association of Chinese Studies, UK
Member of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Chinastudien e.V., Germany
Member of the Deutsche Hochschulverband, Germany
Awards

2020: University of St.Gallen, Teaching Reduction for Research
2019: Swiss Asian Society, Grant for Workshop Organisatuion: "China's New Media and Cultural Entrepreneurs"
2018: University of St.Gallen, Teaching Reduction for Research
2016: University of St.Gallen, Teaching Reduction for Research
2015: ICAS Book Prize Specialist Publication Accolade for "Women and the Literary World in Early Modern China"
2015: The Eduard B. Vermeer Prize for the Best Article, China Information 

2014-2016: Swiss National Science Foundation Research Grant
2015-2016: Chiang Ching-kuo Lecture Series (St.Gallen & Leiden) 
2014: University of St.Gallen, Teaching Reduction for Research
2012-2013: University of St.Gallen, Research Committee's Basic Research Fund 
2010: University of Nottingham, Learning & Teaching Development Projects
2005-2011: University of Nottingham, Research Grants, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
2007-2012: Chinese Ministry of Education Grant for a Confucius Institute at the University of Nottingham
2008: Association for Asian Studies, US Panel Organizer Grant
2006: University of Nottingham Research Grant for Chinese cultural studies
2006: Oxford University, Institute of Chinese Studies, Publication Grant
2002-2003: The Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship
2002: British Academy Travel Grant
2002: British Academy Grant
2002: Universities’ China Committee, London Grant
2002: Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Grant
2002: Durham University, Contemporary China Centre Grant
1997: Shung Ye Foundation Grant
1997: Universities’ China Committee London Grant
1997: Durham University Special Staff Travel Fund
1996: Shung Ye Foundation Grant
1996: Durham University Special Staff Travel Fund
1996: Durham University Department of East Asian Studies Research Fund
1994-1996: Shung Ye Foundation, Taiwan, Grant
1992-1994: German National Scholarship Foundation
1990-1992: Rotary Foundation, Rotary International, Japan Programme Scholarship
1990: St. Hugh's College Oxford University Award
1989-1990: British Academy Major State Studentship
1989-1990: St. Hugh's College Oxford University Cannon Graduate Scholarship
1989: The Oxford Society Award
1987-1990: German National Scholarship Foundation
1986: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Foundation Prize
1985-1986: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship
1983: Baccalaureate (Abitur) Prize for Outstanding Results
Talks

ACADEMIC INVITATIONS FOR TALKS

2021/2020

Daria Berg & Giorgio Strafella, “Rising from the Margins: Women Superstars in Superpower China”. Conference “China From The Margins: New Narratives Of The Past And Present”, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Department of China Studies, Suzhou (PRC), 10-11 April 2020. Due to pandemic, moved to 2021.

Daria Berg & Giorgio Strafella. “China’s New Media Superstars.” 23nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies. University of Leipzig, Germany. 30 August 2021. Due to pandemic, moved to 2021.
2019 

Berg, Daria. “Verführung im Vergnügungsviertel: Die talentierte Frau in Kunst und Literatur im China der Kaiserzeit.” Invited Talk at the International Lyceum Club, St. Gallen, 24 November 2019.

Strafella, Giorgio & Berg, Daria. “Performance Art on the China/West Border: YanZhichao’s Jiayu Pass.” Annual Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS), Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, 22-23 November 2019.

Strafella, Giorgio & Berg, Daria. “Post-Human Wilderness: Dystopian Landscapes in China from the Intellectual Crisis of the 1990s to Cao Fei.” The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars - ICAS 11. - Leiden, The Netherlands. 19 July 2019.Berg, Daria & Strafella, Giorgio. “New Digital Media and Changing Gender Roles: The Rise of Women Cultural Entrepreneurs in a Globalising China.” The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars - ICAS 11. - Leiden, The Netherlands. 17 July 2019.

Berg, Daria & Strafella, Giorgio. “Kulturunternehmer und digitale Medien in China.” Konfuzius-Institut Leipzig, 4 February 2019.
2018

Berg, Daria. “Superstars in der Supermacht China: Eine Schriftstellerin und eine Künstlerin im Spannungsfeld von Staat und Konsumkultur.” Invited Talk at the International Lyceum Club, St. Gallen, 24 November 2019.

Berg, Daria & Strafella, Giorgio. “Ruins in the Post-Humanist Wilderness.” Conference on “Residual Futures: Rethinking Utopianism in Modern China.” University of Zurich & Villa Garbald, Castasegna. 5 October 2018.

Berg, Daria & Strafella, Giorgio. “The Rise of Women Cultural Entrepreneurs in China’s Mediasphere.” 22nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies. University of Glasgow, UK. 30 August 2018.

Strafella, Giorgio & Daria Berg. “Cao Fei: The Nightmares of China’s Rejuvenation.” 22nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies. University of Glasgow, UK, 29 August 2018.

Strafella, Giorgio & Daria Berg. “Celebrità e nuovi media: un'esplorazione delle strategie transmediali.” Invited lecture at University of Milan, 25 May 2018.Berg, Daria & Strafella, Giorgio. “China’s New Cultural Entrepreneurs and the Digital Media.” Invited lecture at University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 April 2018.

Berg, Daria & Giorgio Strafella. “China's New Cultural Entrepreneurs and the Digital Media”. Invited lecture at University of Milan, Italy. 28 March 2018.
2017

Berg, Daria & Giorgio Strafella. “Stars mit dem & gegen das System: Cao Fei”. Freiburger China Gespräche, Freiburg, 6 December 2017.

Strafella, Giorgio & Daria Berg. “The Internet, Public Opinion and Online Culture in 21st Century China.” Invited lecture at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea.

Strafella, Giorgio. “Il dibattito intellettuale in Cina nell'era delle riforme.” Contribution to a seminar at Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.Berg, Daria & Giorgio Strafella. “Women Writers as Cultural Entrepreneurs”. Workshop on “Popular Literature in Contemporary China: Production, diffusion and genres”, University of Genève, Genève, Switzerland, 17 June 2017.

Berg, Daria & Giorgio Strafella. “The Transmedia and Transcultural Hyperrealism of Ai Weiwei’s Digital Communication.” Workshop ‘Landscapes or Realism’. SOAS, University of London, February.

Berg, Daria. “Amazon, Artist and Activist: A Pioneering Courtesan Poet and Painter in late Ming China”. University of Würzburg, Germany, 18 January 2017.
2016

Strafella, Giorgio & Daria Berg. “Zhou Xiaoping: A Blogger for China’s Renaissance?” 21th Conference of the European Association Conference of Chinese Studies, St. Petersburg, 24 August 2016.

Berg, Daria & Giorgio Strafella. “China’s New Businesswomen: Authors, Bloggers and Celebrities as Cultural Entrepreneurs in Post-Deng China.” XXIst European Association for Chinese Studies Bienniale Conference, St Petersburg, Russia, 23-28 August 2016.

Berg, Daria. “China’s New Cultural Entrepreneurs 2.0: Authors, Bloggers, Consumption Celebrities”. University of Genève, Genève, Switzerland, 10 May 2016.Berg, Daria & Rui Kunze. “Chinese Woman in New York City: Transcultural Travel and Postsocialist Cosmopolitanism in Twenty-first Century China.” International interdisciplinary conference “People and Cultures in Motion: Environment, Space and the Humanities.” Chengchi University, Taipei, Republic of China, 13 March 2016.

Berg, Daria. “Cyberbabe, Cybervamp, Consumption Celebrity: Anni Baobei and the Web-based Spectacle of Female Self-Fashioning in Twenty-first Century China”. CCK Lecture Series, St Gallen and Leiden University, Leiden, 11 March 2016.
2015

Strafella, Giorgio & Daria Berg. “Narrating and Critiquing the Avant-Garde in Contemporary China.” Part I of two invited lectures at Fudan University, July 2015.

Strafella, Giorgio & Daria Berg. 2015. “Narrating and Critiquing the Avant-Garde in Contemporary China.” Part II of two invited lectures at Fudan University, July 2015.
2014

Berg, Daria, Wei-hsin Lin & Giorgio Strafella. “Micro/Blogs and Glocalisation: Transcultural Communication in China’s New Mediasphere.” “China’s Media Go Global” International Conference, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2-3 September 2014.

Berg, Daria & Giorgio Strafella. “Creating a New Chinese Cyber-Celebrity: A Cultural Analysis of Han Han’s Blog as Web-based Media Spectacle.” XXth European Association for Chinese Studies Bienniale Conference, Braga and Coimbra, Portugal, 24 July 2014.
2013

Berg, Daria. “Blogging China: Han Han and the Art of Trans/cultural Communication 2.0 in Postsocialist China’s Marketplace”. KIM (Cultures, Institutions, Markets) Lecture, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St. Gallen, 21 October 2013.

Berg, Daria. “Transcultural Flows in Postsocialist China: The Utopian Team and the Art of Transcultural Travel”. Panel on “Transcultural Communication in a Globalizing China”. Conference “The Future of Content is Context”, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St. Gallen, 25/26 April 2013.

Berg, Daria. “Auf der Erfolgsleiter zu den Wolken: Visionen von Examenskandidatinnen in Romanen (xiaoshuo) der späten Kaiserzeit.” Symposium on the Chinese Novel (xiaoshuo), Maerz 2013 “Alltagskultur in chinesischen Romanen”. University of Munich, Germany, 24 March 2013.2012

Berg, Daria. “Chinese Dreams: Weaving Red Threads of Communication”. Inaugural Lecture. University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, 9 October 

Additional Information
EXTERNAL POSITIONS
Research Associate, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, 2007-
Research Associate, Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2007-
Elected Board Member, European Association for Chinese Studies, 2002-06 
Webmaster, European Association for Chinese Studies, 2002-04
Council Member, Universities’ China Committee London, 1999-2004  

VISITING APPOINTMENTS
1997: Visiting Professor, Zhongshan University, Canton, China

RESEARCH ORGANISATION & COLLABORATION
2016: Principal Investigator and Conference Organiser, “The Art of Transculturality: New Frontiers in Postsocialist China’s Avant-garde”, University of St.Gallen, 28/29 July 
2013: Panel Organiser, “Transcultural Communication in a Globalizing China.” Conference “The Future of Content Is Context”, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St. Gallen, 25/26 April  
2008: Panel Organiser, “Cyberspace, Consumerism and Cultural Creativity in Twenty-First Century China.” 60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Atlanta, GA
2004: Panel Organiser, “Books, Bodies And Business: Cultural Consumption and Production in Contemporary China in Interdisciplinary Perspective.” 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, San Diego, CA
2003: Panel Organiser, “Beyond Gender and Class: Ladies, Lovers, Loyalists and the Search for Gentility.” 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, New York, NY
2002: Panel Organiser, “Women and Publishing in Traditional China.” 14th European Association for Chinese Studies Conference, Moscow
2002: Principal Investigator and Conference Organiser, “Perceptions of Gentility in Chinese Literature and History,” with Dr. Chloë Starr, Durham University. The results have been published in a refereed book: The Quest for Gentility in China: Negotiations beyond Gender and Class. Edited volume, with Chloë Starr. London: Routledge.
1998: Chair and Co-organiser, International Symposium “The Study of Women in Late Imperial China,” jointly with Prof. Harriet T. Zurndorfer, Leiden University, The Netherlands, sponsored by the International Institute for Asian Studies
1996: Panel Organiser, “Martyr, Saviour and Saint: Women in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Fiction and History.” 48th Annual Meeting of Association for Asian Studies, Honolulu, HI
1994-1998: Member of the research project on Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples, with Professor David Faure, in collaboration with Oxford University and Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, supported by the Shung Ye Foundation, Taipei

PhD SUPERVISION
2016- Dominique Ursprung. “Educational System in China”. University of St.Gallen.
2012-16 Sergio de Eccher. “The Impact of Social Networks in China”. University of St.Gallen.
2011-15 Katrin Müller-Hansen. “Han Han and China’s Education System.” University of St.Gallen.
2011-12 Rebecca Scott. “Children’s Literature in Twentieth-Century China.” University of Nottingham.
2010-11 Tracey Fallon. “Language, Culture and Soft Power in China.” University of Nottingham.
2009-11 Wu Junqing. “Investigating the Traditional Characteristics of Religious Policy in Communist China.” University of Nottingham.
2009-14 Giorgio Strafella. “Intellectual Politics, Literature and Culture: The Intellectual Debate over the Humanistic Spirit (renwen jingshen zhenglun) in China since 1989.” University of Nottingham.
1995-99 Sarah Dauncey. “The Politics of Fashion: Perceptions of Power in Female Dress and Ornamentation as reflected in the sixteenthcentury Chinese Novel Jin Ping Mei.” University of Durham.

LANGUAGES
Fluency in speech and writing in English, German, Chinese, Japanese and French
Reading proficiency in Classical Chinese and Latin
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