Zi Wang


► Short CV

Zi Wang joined the Research Training Group in October 2014, after having received his BA from Waseda University in 2012 and MA from Sciences Po Paris in 2014. His PhD research, which was completed in September 2017, analysed the discursive construction of hierarchy (jouge kankei) in Japanese school club activities. From September 2015 to May 2016, Zi Wang conducted his ethnographic fieldwork in three student clubs in two schools in Tokyo. He is currently working on his dissertation book project, which takes the analysis further to examine if and how the sense of social order and hierarchy students learn in secondary school club settings affects their behaviour and inter-personal relations in the corporate context. For this, he carried out follow-up data collection in February and March 2018 in Tokyo. In addition, Zi Wang is starting a new multi-disciplinary project on language, migration, and happiness, which is fully funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). Zi Wang has held visiting research fellowships at EHESS (Paris), Ca' Foscari University (Venice), Waseda University (Tokyo), as well as the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL) (Tokyo).

► Research Interests
  • Happiness research
  • Language and migration
  • School to work transition in Japan
  • Youth in Japan


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