Ivan Franceschini

Australian Centre on China in the World

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Ivan Franceschini


Ivan Franceschini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University. A graduate of Venice University, from 2006 to 2015 he lived in China, where he worked as a journalist and as a consultant in the field of development cooperation. His current research focuses on the impact of Chinese investment on Cambodian society, but he is also interested in Chinese modern history and literature. He published several books related to China, on topics ranging from human trafficking to digital activism, from labour struggles to civil society. He is also interested in literary translation and has published two critical editions, the first of Lu Xun’s Old Tales Retold, the second of Li Gui’s A Record of Pondering Pain, a long-forgotten memoir about the Taiping Rebellion. His articles have been published in international journals such as The China Quarterly, The China Journal, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Postcolonial Studies, Pacific Affairs, and Critical Asian Studies. In 2011, he co-directed with Tommaso Facchin the documentary Dreamwork China. He co-edits the Made in China Journal, an open access quarterly on labour, civil society, and human rights in China.


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