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Antonia Finnane

Race
History of China
culture
Chinese cities
diaspora
consumption textiles and apparel
Maoism
gender
fashion
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Prof

Antonia Finnane

 
Division
Arts
 
Primary Interest
Chinese history
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Antonia Finnane

 

Antonia Finnane is interested in cultural and technological changes affecting patterns of daily life of people in China, past and present. She is currently writing a book about clothing in Maoist China: who made the clothes, how they were made, what they looked like and signified.

She first visited China in 1972, when studying Chinese as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney. Her early research was in the area of urban history, the focus of PhD research undertaken at the ANU, and later of her prize-winning book, Speaking of Yangzhou: A Chinese City, 1550-1850 (Harvard, 2004). An interest in Chinese urban society led to major research project on consumption and fashion, resulting in a critically acclaimed book, Changing Clothes in China (Columbia UP 2008), and in essays in areas ranging from fashion to department stores. Current research, funded by the Australian Research Council, concerns production and consumption in Maoist China, with a focus on clothing manufacture in Beijing and Shanghai. Her Australian base has also meant engagement with Australia's Chinese history: she has written on Jewish migration from post-war Shanghai, and is at present researching the Chinese community in between-the-wars Perth. Essays on contemporary issues arising from this research have been published in Inside Story, The Conversation, and The Deal. Antonia has studied and worked in China for varying periods in her career, beginning with language study in Beijing in the 1970s, and including a period of five years 2008-2013. For a number of years prior to her retirement at the end of 2018, she also taught an intensive subject in China, taking Melbourne University students to Nanjing University. Now an honorary professorial fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, she is the principal supervisor for five PhD students working in Chinese and Australian history, and associate supervisor for another four, all in Asia-related areas..

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 69 most recent scholarly works by Antonia Finnane.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2007

The Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Melbourne

2006

The Joseph Levenson Book Award for a work on pre-1900 China, awarded for Speaking of Yangzhou, A Chinese City, 1550 - 1850, Harvard University Asia Ce

Association for Asian Studies (USA)

2008

FAHA - Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


It Access

Arts

Casual

Historical And Philosophical Studies

Honorary

Historical And Philosophical Studies

Fellow

Australian Academy of Humanities

Education


Bachelor of Arts

University of Sydney

Doctor of Philosophy

The Australian National University