Sinophone Borderlands

Interaction at the Edges

We aim to introduce a new research approach towards rising China, grounded in the dialogue between key regions on its borders.


The “SINOFON” project explores how the Sinophone world interacts with the Turco-Persophone, Slavophone, Tibetophone, Hispanophone and Austroasiatophone worlds. The research team that we have established consists of senior and junior researchers from various disciplines in the fields of the humanities, social sciences and political science whose qualifications go beyond the average. This allows for a cross-disciplinary dialogue and cross-cultural comparisons which will push the current discussion on the Sinophone world beyond the current limited disciplinary and national frameworks. We present the research results at conferences, and in books and papers. 

SCOPUS and WoS Publications

The project supports the following research areas:

  • Research Methods: Surveys
  • Research Methods: Linguistic Data Collection
  • Research Methods: Material Culture
  • Laws and NGOs in the People’s Republic of China
  • The Rise of China and its Impact in South-East Asia
  • One Belt One Road (OBOR) Campaign and its Impact in Central Asia
  • Sociolinguistics and Discourses on Taiwanese Indigeneity and Ethnicity through Chinese Lenses
  • Cultural Encounters between China and the Borders: Tibet, Mongolia and Manchuria
  • Uzbekistani Perceptions of Chinese Presence
  • Chinese Peasants in Russia’s Far East
  • Aesthetic Sovereignty along the Russian Chinese Border
  • Regimes of Taste: the Rise of China, Architecture and Aesthetics of Development in Central Asia
  • Uyghur Senses of Tradition: a Cross-Compared Analysis of Uyghur Material Culture in Kazakhstan and Xinjiang


We are proud to cooperate!