Damian Mandzunowski, M.A.

ERC-Project “READCHINA: The Politics of Reading in the People's Republic of China”
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Mailing Address:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg   
Institut für Sinologie
Werthmannstraße 12
79098 Freiburg, Germany

Belfortstr. 18 (VH), Room 03 004
79098 Freiburg, Germany

Phone: +49 761 203-97673
E-Mail: damian.mandzunowski@sinologie.uni-freiburg.de


Research Interests

Social and political history of China
Politics and practices of reading
Critical film and art studies
Microhistory and propaganda studies



2018 —
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Freiburg

Thesis: “Collective Reading in Maoist China”

2015 — 2018
Master of Arts, Modern China Studies, University of Freiburg

2016 semester abroad at Nanjing University
Thesis: “Caricaturing the Gang of Four, 1976-1981”

2011 — 2015
Bachelor of Arts, Sinology and Language & Culture Studies, University of Munich
2013-2014 year abroad at Beijing Normal University
Thesis: “Flüchtige Moderne in der Fremdland-Trilogie von Jia Zhangke” [“Liquid Modernity in Jia Zhangke’s Outland Trilogy”]



Research Experience
2018 —
Project Member, ERC-Project “The Politics of Reading in the People’s Republic of China (READCHINA),” Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Freiburg

2018 — 2019
Project Member, “Worlds of Reading in China’s long 1970s: Reading and Writing during the Cultural Revolution,” Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Freiburg

2018 — 2019
Research Assistant, ERC-Project “The Maoist Legacy: Party Dictatorship, Transitional Justice and the Politics of Truth,” Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Freiburg

2016 — 2018
Student Research Assistant, Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Freiburg

Teaching Experience
Lecturer, Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Freiburg

2016 — 2018
Teaching Assistant, Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Freiburg

2014 — 2015
Teaching Assistant, Institute of Sinology at the University of Munich


Publications (peer reviewed) 

“Factory State of Mind: Spreading ‘Three Ardent Loves’ via Collective Reading Activities in Tianjin, 1983-1985”, in Wissensorte in China, ed. Martin Hofmann, Virginia Leung, Joachim Kurtz (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, forthcoming 2022).

"News Photography and Visual Political Communication in the People’s Republic of China, 1960s–1980s”, ERCCS Research Notes Vol. 4 (2022), https://doi.org/10.25360/01-2022-00062.

Publications (non-peer reviewed)

(Book Review) "Harriet Evans, Beijing from Below: Stories of Marginal Lives in the Capital’s Center (Durham: Duke UP, 2020)." Historische Zeitschrift 315:1, pp. 131-133, https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/hzhz-2022-1262/html. 

(Book Review) “Jie Li, Utopian Ruins: A Memorial Museum of the Mao Era (Durham: Duke University Press, 2020).” PRC History Book Review Series 28, 12 July 2021, http://prchistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Jie_Li_review.pdf

(with Lena Henningsen) “Why Poach When You Can Wander? Michel de Certeau’s Concept of Reading-as-Poaching Revisited.” READCHINA Interventions 2, 4 May 2021, https://readchina.github.io/interventions/poaching.html.

“Practices of Reading in the People’s Republic of China, 10.11.2020-26.01.2010 Freiburg,” H-Soz-Kult, 26 March 2021, https://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-8901.

“Caricatures Criticizing the Gang of Four: Contributors and Publications.” The Maoist Legacy, 1 February 2019, https://maoistlegacy.de/db/exhibits/show/mh-contributors-publications

“Work, Workers, and the Heroization of Everyday Life in Global Perspective, 08.06.2018-09.06.2018 Freiburg,” H-Soz-Kult, 12 December 2018, https://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-7994.

“Wang, Zhang, Jiang, and Yao in Caricatures: A Close-Up View.” The Maoist Legacy, 1 November 2018, https://maoistlegacy.de/db/exhibits/show/manhua-closeup

“The Visual Language of the Caricatures Criticizing the Gang of Four.” The Maoist Legacy, 1 September 2018, https://maoistlegacy.de/db/exhibits/show/manhua-visuallanguage

“Caricatures Criticizing the Gang of Four.” The Maoist Legacy, 1 June 2018, https://www.maoistlegacy.de/db/caricatures-criticizing-the-gang-of-four.


Conferences and Presentations 


“Collective Reading in Chinese Comics of the Mao Era: A Socialist-Realist Deus ex Machina?” 24.08.2022, EACS 2022 Annual Conference, Olomouc.    


“When the Production Stops: Collective Reading Activities at the Industrial Factory in Late-Mao Era PRC,” 27.03.2022, AAS 2022 Annual Conference, Hawaii. 

“Reading Through What Crises? Collective Reading Activities in a Changing Socialist China,” 04.03.2022, Ohio State University [online].

“Lesegruppen und kollektives Lesen in chinesischen visuellen Medien,” 20.01.2022, Ästhetik, Medien und Kulturen in China, Universität zu Köln [online].

“Jiang Qing, Caricatured: Iconography of Villainizing after 1976,” 14.04.2021, Jiang Qing’s Last Revolution: Exploring Alternative Understandings of China’s Past, University of Vienna [online].

“I’ve Seen That Reading Group Before: Late Mao-Era Collective Reading Acts in Posters and Photographs,” 19.01.2021, READCHINA Virtual Lecture Series: Practices of Reading in the PRC, Freiburg [online].


“Communicating Political Change during Rituals of Collective Reading in Mid-1970s China,” 21.03.2020, AAS 2020 Annual Conference (panel #279), Boston [conference cancelled].

“Spaces of Reading Groups—Reading Groups as Spaces,” 17.11.2019, XXX. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Vereinigung für Chinastudien, Heidelberg University.

“Communicating ‘Three Loves’ during Collective Reading Activities in Early-1980s PRC,” 02.11.2019, Contemporary China Graduate Workshop 2019, University of Freiburg. 

“Reading Groups and the Pursuit of Civility in Early Reform Era Tianjin,” 18.07.2019, 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference, Leiden University. 

“Caricaturing Jiang Qing: Manhua and the Anti-Gang of Four Campaign, 1976-1981”, 23.03.2018, AAS 2018 Annual Conference (panel #168), Washington, D.C.

“The Traitor, the Nazi, and the Empress: A First Look at 1970s Manhua Depictions of Jiang Qing,” 06.05.2017, Freiburg, Reading Intellectual and Literary Change during China’s long 1970s, University of Freiburg.

“A Journey to the World of Film in China,” 04.04.2014, International Dialogue Series, Beijing Normal University.




IGA Reisestipendium


Max Weber Foundation’s China Travel Grant (MWS Reisestipendium China)

DAAD Kongressreisenstipendium

IGA Reisestipendium

“Bavaria-Master-Stipendium” awarded by the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Freiburg




Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institut für Sinologie
Werthmannstraße 12
D-79098 Freiburg i. Br.

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