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Ph.D. Laura Pozzi


MA 2008 University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Department of Oriental Studies (Venice, Italy)
PhD 2014 European University Institute Department of History and Civilization (Florence, Italy)

I am interested in the entanglements between global history, colonialism, and memory politics in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). My research applies the global history approach to the field of China’s museum and memory studies to escape the Eurocentric perspective on the history of knowledge transfer. It aims to globalize our viewpoint over the multiple history of China and to problematize the impact of the decolonial discourse over museum practices outside the European context. More precisely, I am interested in the impact of postcolonial and decolonial theories on the representation of Chinese history in museums and heritage sites at a global level.


Most important scholarly articles

  • “No Single Road to Decolonization: Views from Europe and Asia,” with Csilla Ariese and Joanna Wawrzyniak, in Britta Timm Knudsen, John R. Oldfield, Elizabeth Buettner, and Elvan Zabynuan ed. Decolonizing Colonial Heritage: New Agendas, Actors, and Practices in and beyond Europe edited by. London: Routledge (forthcoming).


  • “European Colonial Heritage in Shanghai: Conflicting Practices,” with Jan Ifversen, Heritage & Society, vol. 13, no. 1-2 (2020): 143-163. https://doi.org/10.1080/2159032X.2021.1909405


  • “Local Museum, National History: Curating Shanghai’s History in the Context of a Changing China (1994-2018),” International Journal of Heritage and Society, Vol. 27, no 4 (2021): 407 – 422. https://doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2020.1799060


  • “The Cultural Revolution in Images: Caricature-posters from Guangzhou 1966-1977,” Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, no.27 (2018): 187 – 207.


  • “Humor, War and Politics in San Mao Joins the Army: A Comparison between the Comic Strips (1945) and the Film (1992),” in Tam King-fai and Sharon Wesoky ed. Not Just a Laughing Matter: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Political Humor in China. Singapore: Springer (2017): 39 – 55.


  • “Chinese Children Rise Up! The Role of Children in propaganda Cartoons during the Second Sino-Japanese War,” Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, no.13 (2014): 99 – 133.