GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Chenchen ZHANG

Chenchen ZHANG

Thesis: Territory, Rights and Mobility: Theorising the Citizenship/Migration Nexus in the Context of Europeanisation

I was based at LUISS Guido Carli University and Université libre de Bruxelles during my doctoral research. I successfully defended my thesis in February 2014. The members of my examination committee are: Amandine Crespy (ULB); Sebastiano Maffettone (LUISS); Sandro Mezzadra (Bologna); Glen Newey (ULB) and Gianfranco Pellegrino (LUISS). 

Academic Degrees

PhD in Political Theory, LUISS Guido Carli University (2014)

PhD in Political Science, Université libre de Bruxelles (2014)

M.A. in International Relations, University of Tokyo (2010)

M.A. in Law, Peking University (2010)

B.A. in International Politics, Tongji University (2007)

Specific Research Title, Area and Promotor(s)

research interests:

Political theory; citizenship studies; mobility and migration; border studies; political geography; IR theory



Prof. Sebastiano Maffettone (LUISS)

Prof. Glen Newey (ULB)

Participation in Conferences and Seminars

Conference Presentations

June 2013 “Lampedusa is saving lives, what about Europe?” – Migration control, human rights and Europe’s humanitarian border, presented at European Workshops of International Studies, Workshop 12: The Power of Rights and/or the Rights of Power in Global Politics, Tartu, Estonia. 

Apr 2013 Citizenship and the international governance of human mobility: theoretical reflections in the context of Europeanization, at International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, San Francisco, US. 

Jan 2013 Moving borders and contested mobilities: the politics of Eurostar in the making of Schengenland, at the EastBordNet conference ‘Relocating borders: a comparative approach’, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Sept 2011 Rethinking Citizenship, Foreignness and Rights in the Context of Europeanisation: a Perspective of Political Theory.The 3th Global Conference on Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners, Oxford, UK.  

July 2011 Situated interpretations of nationalism, imperialism, and cosmopolitanism: revisiting the writings of Liang in early twentieth-century East Asia, at the conference 'Rethinking the Modern' organised by the BSA theory study group, Birmingham, UK. 

June 2011 Human Rights Discourse, Postnational Europe and Undocumented Migration: Towards a Postcolonial Reconsideration, at the graduate conference ‘Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Contestations: Decolonizing the Social Sciences and the Humanities’ at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. 

Research Stays and Graduate schools 

Sept 2012 - Jan 2013 Visiting researcher at European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Sept 2013 European International Relations Summer School on Security, Borders and Mobility, organised by the University of Kent, King's College London and Sciences-Po Paris, Brussels, Belgium.

July 2012 Intensive graduate course ‘Politics of citizenship’, CEU Summer University, Budapest, Hungary. 

Nov 2011 Graduate School on Migration and Labour in a Global Economy, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University, Sweden. 

June 11 Flying University of Transnational Humanities “Border-crossing Self”, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. 

Overview of Publications