Annika Pissin is a research fellow at the Centre since April 2012 (she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre between 2010 and 2012). In her research in general she deals with children in China. Annika’s scholarly background is Chinese History and Anthropology, and her main focus lies on the interrelations between traditions (or their inventions) and contemporary practices and ideas concerning children and family with a special interest in so-called ‘left behind children’ (liushou ertong) in contemporary rural China. She also studies historical and social changes in nutritional and spatial practices in the context of childhood. Annika’s teaching comprises World History and Gender Studies in East and South East Asia, Comparative Anthropology and Academic Writing among others.
Annika studied Chinese history and Anthropology in Heidelberg, Tainan and Leiden and graduated in Leiden with an MA thesis about demonic birds and women in China. While working on her PhD research between 2004 and 2009 about the concept of children in medieval China within the framework of historical anthropology she taught numerous classes in the Chinese History section at Leiden University.