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Svetlana Kharchenkova

Assistant professor

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

Svetlana Kharchenkova is Assistant Professor at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Fields of interest

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


Svetlana Kharchenkova is working on a book project 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. Her second research project focuses on the book publishing industry in contemporary China.

Teaching activities and supervision

  • Sociology and anthropology of modern China (BA China Studies)
  • Creativity and culture in contemporary China (MA Asian Studies)
  • Introduction to Asian Studies (MA and ResMA Asian Studies)
  • Thesis Seminar (MA and ResMA Asian Studies)
  • Thesis Seminar (BA International Studies)


2017 PhD in Sociology. Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam
2011 Research MA in Area Studies, specialization Chinese Studies (cum laude). Leiden University (minor in Dutch Studies)
2006 Specialist (Russian five-year degree) in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, specialization Mandarin Chinese. Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow
2005 One-year exchange program (2004-2005) in Chinese language and culture, advanced level. Peking University, International College for Chinese Language Studies, Beijing

Grants and awards

2019-2020 A ten-month full-time research fellowship at the International Institute for Asian Studies (the Netherlands). [declined]
2018-2019 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Grant, administered by the Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong and New York).
2017 Best PhD paper Research Award, European Sociological Association, the Sociology of the Arts Research Network.

Assistant professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • 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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