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Svetlana Kharchenkova


Dr. S.S. Kharchenkova
+31 71 527 1180

Svetlana Kharchenkova is a Lecturer at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Svetlana Kharchenkova’s current research project is devoted to the development of the market for contemporary art in China. The project approaches the art market from the perspectives of cultural and economic sociology and relies on ethnographic and archival data collected primarily in Beijing. It studies market development from a global perspective, and focuses on various aspects of market emergence, such as institution-building and valuation.

Fields of interest

Modern Chinese studies;
Cultural sociology;
Economic sociology;
Chinese art market;
Cultural and creative industries;
Cultural globalization. 

Selected publications

Kharchenkova, Svetlana, Nataliya Komarova, and Olav Velthuis (2015). “Official Art Organizations in the Emerging Markets of China and Russia”, in: Olav Velthuis and Stefano Baia Curioni (eds.), Cosmopolitan Canvases: The Globalization of Markets for Contemporary Art, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kharchenkova, Svetlana and Olav Velthuis (2015). “Evaluative Biography of Cynical Realism and Political Pop”, in: Berthoin Antal, Ariane, Michael Hutter and David Stark (eds.), Moments of Valuation: Exploring Sites of Dissonance, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kharchenkova, Svetlana (2015). Book Review of Between State and Market: Chinese Contemporary Art in the Post-Mao Era  by Jane DeBevoise, The China Quarterly, 221, 277-278.


  • Sociology and anthropology of modern China (BA Chinastudies)
  • Creativity and culture in contemporary China (MA and ResMA Asian Studies)
  • Thesis seminar (MA and ResMA Asian Studies)
  • Anthropology and sociology: thesis seminar (MA and ResMA Asian Studies)
  • Culture: East Asia (BA International Studies)
  • Thesis seminar (BA International Studies)


2011 – 2017 (defense 15 December 2017): PhD in Sociology, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam
2009 - 2011: Research MA (formerly MPhil) in Area Studies, specialization Chinese Studies (cum laude), Leiden University
2000 - 2006: Specialist (Russian five-year degree) in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, specialization Mandarin Chinese, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow
2004-2005: Peking University, International College for Chinese Language Studies, Beijing

For more information and full CV, please see www.kharchenkova.com.


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS China

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 2
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.03a



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