Stockholm university logo, link to start page
Gå till denna sida på svenska webben

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.