Dr Seagh Kehoe

Teaching fellow in Modern Chinese History

Dr Seagh Kehoe Contact details

  • Tel:+44 (0) 116 252 2801
  • Email: sk755@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough Tower Room 511
  • Feedback and Support Times 2018-19: Wednesdays 10-12pm
  • Dissertation Hour: Wednesdays 12-1pm

Personal details

After completing a BA in Chinese Studies and Sociology at University College Cork (2013) and a MA (hons) in East Asian Politics (with a China specialisation) from Leiden University (2014), I began a PhD in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham. My doctoral research focused on the online politics of representation surrounding Tibetan modernity in the era of the ‘Great Western Development’ campaign. I examined discourses promoted in Chinese state media, and how they attempt to generate public support in order to consolidate state authority, legitimacy, and sovereignty over Tibet. I also examined the ways in which Tibetans contest this by promoting counter discourses in order to create alternative forms of public understanding and generate dialogue about Sino-Tibetan relations in contemporary China.

I have previously taught at the University of Nottingham and University College Dublin.

I joined the School of History, Politics and IR in 2018 as a Teaching Fellow in Modern Chinese History.

Research interests

Alongside ethnicity, media practices and online culture, my research interests also include gender, sexuality, and feminism, celebrity, and youth culture in China.

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed publications

2018  (With Dr. Jonathan Sullivan) ‘‘Truth, Good and Beauty’: Politics of Celebrity in China.’ The China Quarterly (forthcoming).

2015 ‘I am Tibetan? An Exploration of Online Identity Constructions among Tibetans in China.’ Asian Ethnicity, 16:3, 314-333.

Book chapters

2018 (With Ms. Phuntsok Drolma) ‘Beauty Ideals in Tibet.’ In Being Beautiful. Edited by Helen Gordon. London: White Lion Publishing.

2018 (With Ms. Chelsea Hall) ‘Tibet’. In The Global Encyclopaedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History. Edited by Howard Chiang et al. New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

2018 ‘Tibetan Literature and Film.’ In The Himalayas: An Encyclopaedia of Geography, History, and Culture. Edited by Andrew J. Hund and James Wren. Westport: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.

2018 ‘Plateau Redness and the Politics of Beauty in Contemporary Tibet.’ In The Himalayas: An Encyclopaedia of Geography, History, and Culture. Edited by Andrew J. Hund and James Wren. Westport: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood.

Media and Commentary

2017 ‘Where is Ethnicity? Intersectionality in the Chinese Feminist Movement.’ Asia Dialogue.

2017 Change and Continuity under China’s Two-Child Policy.’ Southbank Centre.

2017 ‘The Struggle for Gender Equality in Xi’s ‘New Era’.’ Asia Dialogue.

2016 (With Dr. Jonathan Sullivan) ‘Chinese Celebrity and the Soft Power Machine.’ China Film Insider.

2016 ‘The Amazing Adventures of Sue in Tibet and Her Creator.’ BBC.





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