All posts by Diana Ibanez-Tirado

Dr Ibañez-Tirado is a social anthropologist with in depth experience of research in southern Tajikistan (temporality, everyday life, intimacy, the body, Islam), and Russia and Ukraine (intimacy, multi-ethnic family life, trade). From October 2015, Diana became a Postdoctoral researcher at the School of Global Studies (Anthropology) and joined a team of scholars working on the project: “Yiwu: Trust, Global Traders and Commodities in a Chinese International City” (TRODITIES) funded by an ERC-Advanced Grant. Her current research in this collaborative project revolves around the circulation of people, commodities and knowledge between Yiwu and Central Asia.

Yiwu and Transnational Traders: Intersections along Eurasia, Central, South and West Asia, by Diana Ibañez Tirado (University of Sussex)

If you are reading this blog in your office or at home, look around you. It is probable that you are surrounded by a myriad of objects of everyday use imported from China, even if the production process of the products themselves has been completed outside of China: pens, ink, memory sticks, mouse pads, brush and dustpan, safety pins, spoons, handbag, umbrella, the foil paper in your kitchen, your socks, your clothes’ buttons, zipper or bra’s underwire – and the list goes on. How were these items sourced? Who was responsible from bringing them to the shop where you finally purchased them? What type of exchanges, transactions, mobilities and circulations of people, knowledge, money, value, goods, ideas and emotions have been implicated in the trajectories of such goods? Continue reading Yiwu and Transnational Traders: Intersections along Eurasia, Central, South and West Asia, by Diana Ibañez Tirado (University of Sussex)