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Dr James Farley

Research Support Officer

History (Rutherford N3.W5)


Before joing the School of History as Research Support Officer in the summer of 2017 James Farley received his BA, MA, and Ph.D from the University of Kent, Canterbury. His doctoral research at Kent on the propaganda use of Model Workers in post-1949 Revolutionary China was supervised by Professor David Welch and Dr Philip Boobbyer. In 2013-14 he was at Tonji University in Shanghai doing further Chinese language study as part of his Ph.D research.

James's particular interest is in the development and use of propaganda following the 1949 Revolution as the Communist Party consolidated its control over the country. To this end the focus is upon the use of both written texts and visual materials. The latter, film produced by the Communist Party, is from original sources, and focuses specifically on the use of Chinese Model Workers to further the aims of the Communist Party of China in the 1950s.

He was a contributor to the exhibition on ‘Propaganda’ at the British Library in 2013. In 2014 he spent some time in the northern Chinese province of Heilongjiang studying locations that young men and women were posted to during the ‘Down to the Countryside’ movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He is a member the Royal Asiatic Society.

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