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Rishuai Chen

PhD candidate / contract

R. Chen
+31 71 527 2727

Rishuai Chen is a PhD candidate at the African Studies Centre Leiden. He conducts research on African migration to China, and is supervised by Professor Jan-Bart Gewald and Dr. Mayke Kaag. By adopting a digital anthropological approach, he investigates how African merchants perceive their relationships with information and communication technologies (ICTs), with a particular focus on the role of everyday practices of ICTs in complexifying migratory experiences and dynamic connections.


2019-2020: MRes in Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

2016-2017: MSc in Social Anthropology, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

2015-2016: Graduate Diploma in Media, Culture and Social Sciences, Goldsmiths, University of London

2011-2015: BA in Communication and Media Studies, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai

Fields of Interest

African migration, digital anthropology, digital mobility, digital border, Africa-China relations

PhD candidate / contract

  • Afrika-Studiecentrum
  • Wetenschappelijke staf

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


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