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Binyao Li

Wiss. Mitarb. SFB

Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
Nikolaistraße 10, Room 5.16
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37763


My current doctoral research aims to answer how China, in the late Qing and early Republican eras, was gradually represented on modern Chinese maps with scientific accuracy and how the production and circulation of new spatial knowledge and practices helped shape the Chinese understanding of the new nation-state. This project contributes to the SFB subproject A06 "Chinese Engineers and their Spatial Imaginations: Architects of an Interconnected Nation, 1906–1937." 

Born and raised in China, I received my B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Sichuan University, China. I studied Sociology of Education at Brock University, Canada, before I moved to Leipzig and Ghent for my master's studies in Global Studies.

Professional career

  • 09/2010 - 07/2011
    freelance Chinese teacher, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China
  • 10/2010 - 07/2011
    English teacher, Chengdu Bainian Vocational School, China
  • 11/2012 - 08/2015
    TOEFL English teacher, New Oriental Education & Technology Group, China
  • 12/2015 - 04/2016
    TOEFL English teacher, New Oriental Education & Technology Group, China
  • since 01/2021
    researcher under Project A06, Global and European Studies Institute and Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199) “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition,” Leipzig University, Germany


  • 09/2007 - 07/2011
    B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, Sichuan University, China
  • 09/2011 - 10/2012
    master's student in Social and Cultural Contexts in Education, Brock University, Canada
  • 10/2017 - 09/2020
    M.A. in Global Studies, Leipzig University, Germany & Ghent University, Belgium
  • since 11/2020
    PhD candidate, GSGAS, Leipzig University, Germany