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Mr J. (Jian) Lin MA

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
Postal address
  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
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  • Research

    Jian is currently a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, Faculty of Humanities. He also receives a joint-award PhD candidature from the Western Sydney University.

    Research Topic

    Creative Labour in the Cultural Industries of China

    As a member of the 'China Creative' research group led by Prof. Jeroen de Kloet, my research is on creative work/labour in the cultural industries of China. Over the last decade, the ambitious promotion of cultural/creative industries by the post-Maoist Party State has not only generated a prosperous cultural market and a wide range of products, but also a large group of cultural/creative workers. Among the current research on contemporary Chinese cultural production, few attentions have been drawn to the labour issues within various production units. This study focuses on the various governmental practices in various forms of Chinese creative workplaces, the subjectification of creative workers and the possibility for organising resistance and alternative creative economy. The research aims to locate creative labour studies into contemporary China and to provide theoretic discussions on creativity, labour and governmentality from a 'globalising Chinese perspective'.



    Lin, Jian. "Be creative for the state: Creative workers in Chinese state-owned cultural enterprises." International Journal of Cultural Studies (2018): 1367877917750670.

    Lin, Jian. "(Un-) becoming Chinese creatives: transnational mobility of creative labour in a ‘global’Beijing." Mobilities(2019): 1-17.


    Conferences and Presentations

    "Platformization of cultural production in China: labour, subject and the agency of the digital”, Digital Cultures: Knowledge/Culture/Technology International Conference, Lüneburg, Germany, 20 September 2018.

    Annual Conference for European Association of Chinese Studies 2018, Glasgow, U.K.,  29 August 2018.

    "Labouring creativity in contemporary China: state, subject and work”, Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference 2018, Shanghai, 12 August 2018

    "Transnational creative workers in a global Beijing”, the ICS seminar, Sydney, Australia, 15 March 2018

    "From independent to art film and back again: Chinese independent filmmakers, precarity and creative labour”, 2017 Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference, Seoul, South Korea, 28 July 2017.

    "Be creative for the state: autonomy and self-realisation in the state-owned cultural enterprises of China”, Amsterdam Aesthetic Labour Workshop, 17 Nov 2016.


  • Publications



    • Lin, J. (2019). Schizoid creators: Creative work and subjectivity in the Chinese cultural economies. [details]
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