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Ryanne Flock

Ryanne Flock

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Research Associate (Postdoc) in the project: "Social Worlds: China’s Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking"


Short Biography

Ryanne Flock studied China Studies, Sociology and Economics at Free University and Humboldt University Berlin. Subsequently, she worked as research associate at the DFG project “Megacities-Megachallenge. Informal Dynamics of Global Change” in Guangzhou, followed by a position as lecturer and coordinator of the master program Modern East Asian Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. Her research interest concentrates on China and its contemporary processes of modernization and urbanization, and the reciprocity of space and society. Her dissertation examined the social production of public space in Guangzhou in the course of appropriations and negotiations between the local state as well as street vendors, fortune tellers and beggars. In February 2021, she joined Subproject 1B "Social Worlds: China's Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking".

Research Project

Making worlds at home: Dwelling processes and social dynamics in urbanizing China

In her research, she wants to focus on dwelling processes as a means of positioning oneself within a specific social world. How are social and individual identities managed and communicated through dwelling? Which social worlds are negotiated? What are the ideals of dwelling and frictions in everyday life? How are global influences interpreted and localized? What are the main social functions of housing and how does this spatial order influence social relationships and communities? Ryanne Flock will differentiate these worldmaking dynamics according to actors and milieus, discourses and practices of dwelling.