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Marja Kaikkonen Meiling

About me

Professor in Sinology

Biographical Details

After studies in Finland, China and Sweden, I took my PhD in Sinology at Stockholm University in 1990. By then I was teaching Chinese at both Uppsala and Stockholm universities. I was employed as Research Fellow at Department of Chinese Studies, Stockholm University, in 1992, as Lecturer in 2000 and as Professor in 2016.


  • Docent (Associate Professor). Stockholm University 1996. Sinology.
  • PhD Stockholm University 1990. Sinology. Dissertation: Laughable Propaganda: Modern Xiangsheng as Didactic Entertainment.
  • MA Stockholm University, 1981. Chinese, English.
  • BA University of Helsinki 1977. English philology, Russian language and literature, Nordic philology, Sociology.
  • 1974-76 Studies at Peking University. Chinese literature.
  • 1973-74 Studies at Beijing Language Institute. Chinese language.


Research Interests:

Chinese culture: literature, esp. popular literature, since late Qing; non-avant-garde popular culture. The relationship between culture and politics, culture, politics and modernization. Propaganda and culture. Popular literature journals and publishing. Traditional popular culture today.

Current Projects:

  1. Gushihui: A popular literature journal that survives.
  2. Maoist iconography in posters 1950-1980.
  3. Funerals and the changing culture of ancestor worship.