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Johanna von Pezold

Ms Johanna von Pezold

PhD Student

jvpezold@connect.hku.hk

8/F Hub, 8/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Biography

Johanna von Pezold is a full-time PhD student in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong, where she is researching the trade, consumption, and adaptation of Chinese-made fashion products in Mozambique.

Originally from Germany, Johanna graduated from the MSc programme in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford in 2017. For her Master’s thesis, she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Mozambican capital Maputo, examining mutual fashion adaptation in the context of Chinese migration to Mozambique. Before that, she has been studying Chinese and Economics at the University of Hamburg and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro. At Peking University, she has been a visiting student at the School of Chinese as a Second Language, supported by a Chinese Government Scholarship. She has worked for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Beijing, the BRICS Policy Center in Rio de Janeiro, and leading management consulting firms.

Johanna is especially interested in transnational flows of non-Western fashion and material culture, interactions between global commodity production and local consumer cultures, and China’s relations to the Portuguese-speaking world.

Education

Visiting Student, Chinese Language
Peking University, PR China

Master of Science, Contemporary Chinese Studies
University of Oxford (St. Catherine’s College), UK

Visiting Student, Chinese Foreign Relations and Brazilian Social Debates
Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bachelor of Arts, Economy and Culture of China
Universität Hamburg, Germany

Research interests

Cultural Anthropology

Fashion

Material culture

Globalization and transnationalism

China-Africa relations

Lusophone Africa

Consumption

Migration

Ethnography

Honours and recognitions

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2018

EU Window Chinese Government Scholarship, China Scholarship Council, 2017

Book prize for the best final presentation in Chinese, Oxford University Language Centre, 2017

The Harold Bailey Prize for outstanding performance in Asian Studies, St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, 2017

DAAD Graduate Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2016

Full five-year scholarship, German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung), 2012