Cheryl Schmitz
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Cheryl Mei-ting Schmitz

Research Scholar (Sep 2020-Sep 2023)

Cheryl Mei-ting Schmitz received her PhD in Anthropology in 2017 from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2017 to 2019, she was a Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow at New York University Shanghai, and from 2019 to 2020, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the East China Normal University Research Institute of Anthropology, with support from the Luce/American Council of Learned Societies China Studies Program.

At the MPIWG, Cheryl is a member of the Lise Meitner Research Group China in the Global System of Science. Her current research project, Chinese Ideas of Africa in an Age of Global Expansion, follows the rapid development of African Studies in China as it relates to contemporary geopolitics and shifting values in Chinese social sciences. More broadly, her research has examined connections between China and the African continent, in both intellectual and economic domains. Her writing on these topics has appeared in American Anthropologist, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, and the Made in China Journal. In 2022, she was awarded a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, for writing a book manuscript on Chinese business practices in Angola. 

Projekte

Chinese Ideas of Africa in an Age of Global Expansion

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Selected Publications

Schmitz, Cheryl Mei-ting (2021). “Making Friends, Building Roads: Chinese Entrepreneurship and the Search for Reliability in Angola.” American Anthropologist 123 (2): 343–354. https://doi.org/10.1111/aman.13558.

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Schmitz, Cheryl Mei-ting (2020). “Kufala! Translating Witchcraft in an Angolan-Chinese Labor Dispute.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 10 (2): 473–486. https://doi.org/10.1086/709482.

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Schmitz, Cheryl Mei-ting (2018). “Performing ‘China in Africa’ for the West: Chinese Migrant Discourses in Angola.” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 27 (1): 9–27. https://doi.org/10.1177/0117196818760404.

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Ferme, Mariane C., and Cheryl Mei-ting Schmitz (2014). “Writings on the Wall: Chinese Material Traces in an African Landscape.” Journal of Material Culture 19 (4): 375–399. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359183514551118.

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Schmitz, Cheryl Mei-ting (2014). “Significant Others: Security and Suspicion in Chinese-Angolan Encounters.” Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 43 (1): 41–69. https://doi.org/10.1177/186810261404300103.

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Past Events

Research Workshop

Two Seed Stories: Integration of Climate Change into Chinese Social Science of Agriculture

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Research Workshop

Seeing Red: Theorizing the Intersection between Scientific Infrastructure and Geopolitics

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Indebtedness, Predation, and Mistrust in Chinese-Angolan Transactions

Colloquium of the Regional Group China(s), German Anthropological Association (DGSKA)

Money and Mobility in Contemporary China (Undergraduate Seminar)

Institute of Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

African Song and Dance: Racial Scandals and the Role of African Studies Experts in China

Annual Conference of the Working Group on Social Science Research in China (ASC), German Association of Asian Studies, Berlin

The Concept of Brokerage in African Studies

African Studies Lecture Series, Tsinghua University Institute for International and Area Studies

Make a New Friend, Build a New Road: Opportunity, Mistrust, and Reliability in Chinese-Angolan Collaborations

CA/AC Online Mini-Symposium

They Eat Everything and Leave Nothing: Exploitation and Sinophobia in Postwar Angola

Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association

Nachrichten & Presse

Forschungsworkshop "Science, Foreign Policy, and the PRC" (Deadline 20. Juli 2021)

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