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Ph.D. Igor Iwo Chabrowski


Born in 1982. BEdu in 2004: University of Warsaw, Centre for Foreign Language Teacher Training and European Education, University College of English Language Teacher Education; MA in 2007: University of Warsaw, Department of History, Institute of History. In 2005-2006, I studied at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing, China), and in 2007-2008 at the Sichuan International Studies University (Chongqing, China). In 2010 I received a Master of Research and in 2013 a Ph.D. in History and Civilization (specialization: modern Chinese history) from the European University Institute, Department of History and Civilization (Florence, Italy).]

Academic positions: in 2013-2014: Departmental Lecturer in Modern Chinese History, University of Oxford; fellow of Merton College. 2015: Visiting Lecturer, Institute of History, University of Warsaw. 2015-2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre of China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; fellow of the “Historical Anthropology of Chinese Society in the Twentieth Century.” 2017-2018: Lecturer, Centre of China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. From 2018: Lecturer and then Assistant Professor (2019–), Faculty of History, University of Warsaw.

Research interests: Qing (1644-1911) and twentieth century Chinese history, Chinese popular culture, religion, opera and performing arts; global colonial and imperial history; history and culture of communist Eastern Europe; global Cold War in China and Southeast Asia.

Most important publications

Most important scholarly articles

  • „Seventeenth Century Foreign Lives of Ayutthaya: Sources of Cross-cultural Cooperation and Integration in the Asian Trading Entrepot.”  Journal of World History 33, no. 3 (2022): 403-428


  • “Reforming the State and Constructing Commercial Opera in Sichuan, 1902–1920s: An Entangled History of Performing Arts and Administrative Reforms.” Modern China 45, no. 1 (2019): 64-90.


  • “Rivers as Prisms of Urban Imagining – Eastern Sichuan Work Songs.” In Rivers Lost – Rivers Regained? How Cities Use, Abuse and Adore Their Rivers, edited by Martin Knoll, Uwe Leubken and Dieter Schott, 177-199. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017.


  • “Reading the Distant Revolution – the Polish United Workers’ Party Interprets the Portuguese Carnation Revolution of May 25th, 1974.” Ricerche Storiche 1, Anno XLVI (Jan. – April 2016): 31-39.


  • “Representing and Coping with Early Twentieth Century Chongqing: ‘Guide Songs’ as Maps, Memory Cells and Means of Creating Cultural Imagery.” Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 6 (2013): http://cross-currents.berkeley.edu/e-journal/issue-6/Chabrowski. Print version: Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 6, no. 2 (2013): 272-302.

Current scholarly projects