Dr. Gil Hizi


Research Associate and Lecturer

Tel.: +49 (0)69/798-33230
E-Mail:  hizi (at) em.uni-frankfurt.de

Office hours: Tuesdays 11:30-12:30, Wednesdays 11:30-12:30,
or by appointment
Room: IG 0552

https://gilhizi.academia.edu/ , Orcid: 0000-0001-7567-0875

Research Interests
Urban China | Anthropologie of morality, anthropology of affect and emotion, phenomenology | therapeutic culture & self-improvement, embodiment, value and virtue, Sport

Academic Publications


Self-Development Ethics and Politics in China Today: A Keyword Approach (ed.) Amsterdam University Press 

“Learning to xinshang (appreciate): Young adults' pursuit of non-standardized sensibilities", in Self-Development Ethics and Politics in China Today: A Keyword Approach, edited by Gil Hizi, Amsterdam University Press 

“Ambiguous Trajectories of Self-Cultivation in Contemporary China", in The Anthropology of Ambiguity: Theory, Praxis and Critique, edited by Mahnaz Alimardanian and Timothy Heffernan, Manchester University Press 


“Porous Individuality as Self-Alteration: Commercial Self-Improvement in Urban China", in Self-Alteration: How people change themselves across cultures, edited by Christopher Houston and Jean-Paul Baldacchino, Rutgers University Press 


“Fluctuating Affect: Purpose and Deflation in Paths of Self-Development". Hau 11(3): 942-957. https://doi.org/10.1086/717568.


“Tragic Stability and Elusive Selfhood: On the Drive for Self-Development in Contemporary China". Journal of Contemporary Chinese Affairs 50(2): 161-179.

“Becoming a Role Model: The affordances of soft skills in contemporary China". Ethos 49(2): 135-151 https://doi.org/10.1111/etho.12305. 

“Zheng Nengliang and Pedagogies of Affect in Contemporary Urban China". Social Analysis 65(1): 23-43 https://doi.org/10.3167/sa.2021.650102. 

“Against Three Cultural Characters Speaks Self-Improvement, or On the Individualization of Discourses on Social Development in Contemporary China". Anthropology & Education Quarterly. 52(3): 237-253 https://doi.org/10.1111/aeq.12366. 


“Marketised 'Educational Desire' and the Impetus for Self-Improvement: The shifting and reproduced meanings of higher education in contemporary China". Asian Studies Review 43(3): 493-511 https://doi.org/10.1080/10357823.2019.1630365. 

“Speaking the China Dream: Self-realization and nationalism in China's public speaking shows". Continuum 33(1): 37-50


"Gendered Self-Improvement: Autonomous personhood and the marriage predicament of young women in urban China". The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 19(4): 298-315 https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2018.1481881


“'Developmental' therapy for a developing nation:  The sociopolitical meanings of psychology in urban China". China: An International Journal 15(2): 4-26


“Evading Chronicity: Paradoxes in counseling psychology in contemporary China". Asian Anthropology 15(1): 68-814