Dr Siyuan Li

Dr Siyuan Li

Module Teacher, MA in Professional Language & Intercultural Studies

Website Coordinator, Digital Library of Chinese Theatre

Summary: China's Confucius Institute, International Language and Culture Promotion Organisations, Foucault's Conception of Power/knowledge, Power in International Relations, China-Africa Relations

Location: 14 Cromer Terrace

Research Interests

My research interests include Foucault’s conception of power/knowledge, Power in International Relations, International Language and Culture Promotion Organisations (especially China’s Confucius Institute), and China-Africa Relations.


2012 to 2017 Ph.D. Department of East Asian Studies & Centre for International Business, University of Leeds

Supervisors: Dr Kweku Ampiah; Dr Hinrich Voss

Fieldwork supervisor in Africa: Professor Evance Kalula, University of Cape Town

Dissertation Examiners: Professor Kenneth King (External); Dr Kingsley Edney

Dissertation Title – China’s Confucius Institute in the Discourse of Power in International Relations: A Case Study of the Confucius Institute in Africa

2009 to 2010 M.A. Professional Language and Intercultural Studies, University of Leeds

2005 to 2009 B.Ed. Education, Shaanxi Normal University, China

Scholarships & Grants

2012 – 2015 University of Leeds: School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (LCS) Scholarship

2014 (June) Universities' China Committee in London (UCCL) Research Grant

2015 (May) Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Leeds Researcher Mobility Award

2009 – 2010 University of Leeds & Shaanxi Normal University: Special Entry Scheme Scholarship (SESS)

Funded Research Projects

March 2015 - Now, AHRC/BA-funded "Staging China" Project Research Project Internship, University of Leeds (£5,599)

Research Output:

1. Digital Library of Chinese Theatre: https://chinesetheatre.leeds.ac.uk/

2. Staging China website: http://www.stagingchina.leeds.ac.uk/

June – July 2015, Visiting Scholar: The Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University & International Academic Programmes Office and Confucius Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Research Output: “The Power Technology of China’s Confucius Institute in South Africa”, presentation at the Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University, July 24, 2015

August - December 2014, Translation Project for chapter Soviet Experts in Shanghai: the Systematic Introduction of Stanislavsky into China. In: Stanislavsky in the World. Edited by Professor Jonathan Pitches and Dr Stefan Aquilina (£500)

Research Output: http://sandbox.leeds.ac.uk/arts/news/article/3847/stanislavsky_in_the_world

March – December 2013, AHRC White Rose Skills Development Project, Arts and Humanities Research Culture in China (£1,028)

Research Output: https://www.arts-and-humanities.whiterose.ac.uk/china/

Conference Papers & Presentations

Li, Siyuan (2015) Creating a Network of Power: Going-out Strategies of China's Confucius Institute. In: PGR Workshop DFG Research Training Group 1613 “Risk and East Asia”. Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, June, 2015.

Li, Siyuan (2015) The Power Technology of the Confucius Institute: A Case of the Confucius Institute in Africa. In: East Asia Research Collaboration Network - New Forms of Internationalisation. University of Hull, UK, March, 2015.

Li, Siyuan (2014) An Attempt to Understand Public Diplomacy in the Discourse of Power: Mainstream vs. Foucault. In: International Conference on Theory and Practice of China’s Public Diplomacy. University of Nottingham, UK, July, 2014.

Li, Siyuan (2014) China’s Confucius Institute in Africa. In: The New Research in Language-Based Area Studies Post-Graduate Conference. University of Manchester, UK, March, 2014.

Li, Siyuan (2013) Confucius Institute in the Discourse of Power in International Relations. In: The Rising Powers in the New Global Political Economy Conference. University of Nottingham, UK, July 2013.

Li, Siyuan (2013) China’s Smart Application of National Power: An Example of China’s Confucius Institute in Africa. In: The 22nd Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. Columbia University, USA, February, 2013.

University Activities

March to October 2014, Initiator and organiser (with Dr Nicholas Loubere and Dr Lea Pilsner), the University of Leeds China Forum. This series of events was sponsored by the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds, the Department of East Asian Studies and the White Rose East Asian Centre. Events include:

1. Representing China in 1940s America: Westernised Chinese vs. China Experts. (Link: http://t.cn/Rh1C7ro)

2. China's Aid and Soft Power in Africa: The Case of Education and Training. (Link: http://t.cn/Rh1CZfI)

3. China's low carbon development: Challenge or opportunity for Europe. (Link: http://t.cn/Rh1C2Mx)

September 2015 to June 2016, Steering Group Member, Researchers in Development PhD Network (RiDNet). RiDNet is a multi-disciplinary, cross faculty network for PhD and early career researchers working in international development at the University of Leeds. The purpose of the network is to share ideas and build links among PhD and early career researchers working on development issues.

Link: http://cgd.leeds.ac.uk/ridnet/

September 2006 to June 2009, President, Sharon English Club (SEC), Shaanxi Normal University, China

Work Experience

October 2016 – Now, Regional Manager for Asia, Victvs, Leeds


November 2015 – November 2016, Chinese Market Analyst (Part-time), Callcredit Information Group, Leeds


March 2014 – August 2016, Reporter, Chinese Social Sciences Today (中国社会科学报), a newspaper sponsored and published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (中国社会科学院)