TRODITIES: Research Workshop

The ERC research workshop 'Trust, Global Traders, and Commodities in a Chinese International City’ in Copenhagen is organised by ToRS, ADI and NIAS, University of Copenhagen, involving Sussex Asia Centre (University of Sussex), Royal Holloway, London, and Cambridge Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (University of Cambridge).

The aim of the workshop is to discuss preliminary findings and the future directions of research on Yiwu, China, based on the project participants' fieldwork. 


The workshop is for project members and invited guests only.

ERC Project ‘Trust, Global Traders, and Commodities in a Chinese International City’ (TRODITIES)  

20th January 2017


NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies,
University of Copenhagen, City Campus,
Øster Farimagsgade 5,
Building 18.1, (Entrance E)


9.30 – 9.35 Welcome by Dr. Vera Skvirskaja (University of Copenhagen, Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies)

9.35 – 9.45 Introduction by Prof. Magnus Marsden (University of Sussex, Anthropology)

Session 1 – Chair Dr. Vera Skvirskaja

9. 45 – 10.15 Prof. Magnus Marsden 'Global Traders and Commodities in a Chinese International City, Insights from Ethnography on Afghan Trading Networks’

10.15 – 10.25 Questions

10.25 – 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 – 11.20 Dr. Diana Ibanez-Tirado ‘From Yiwu to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan: gender, intimacy and citizenship’ (University of Sussex, Anthropology)

11.20 – 11.50 Dr. Saheira Sha ‘Interactions between Chinese citizens and foreign traders: Preliminary research findings and future research plans’ (University of Sussex, Anthropology)

11.50 – 12.10 Questions

12.10 – 13.00 Lunch

Session 2 – Chair Prof. Filippo Osella (University of Sussex, Anthropology)

13.00 – 13.20 Dr. Marina Marouda: 'East Asia in Eastern Europe: Money markets, Chinese commodities and Vietnamese traders in the Ukraine' (University of Sussex, Anthropology)

13.20 – 13.55  Dr. Huaichuan Rui  ‘Policy and Yiwu’s development’  (Royal Holloway, University of London, Management Studies)

13.55 – 14.15 Questions

14.15 – 14.35 Coffee break

Session 3 – Dr. Diana Ibanez-Tirado

14.35 – 15.10 Dr. Vera Skvirskaja: ‘Economic success and culture of distrust: Russian traders’

15.10 – 15.45 Dr. Paul Anderson ‘Wartime transformations of Yiwu-Syria connections: a preliminary account’ (University of Cambridge, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)

15.45 – 16.10 Questions and concluding remarks

16.10 – 16.30 Break

16.30 – 17.30 Consortium meeting (consortium members only)