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Dr Sophia Loy-Wilson

Dr Sophia Loy-Wilson

Position: Visitor
Campus: F


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Brief Biography

Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson is a Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute where she is conducting her research project, Asian Anti-Colonial Protest Movements and Australia-Asia Relations: Eleanor Hinder and Australian Development Work in Asia. Sophie holds a Phd from the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney. Entitled The Smiling Professions: Salesmanship and Promotional Culture in Australia and China 1929-1939, her research drew on Chinese language sources and the personal papers of Australian and Chinese travelling salesmen, department store workers, peddlers and businesspeople to trace the ways in which face-to-face commercial interactions helped construct networks of contact and interaction that emerged between Australia and China in the interwar years. This focus on 'salesmanship' and 'commercial encounters' allowed her to explore the relationship between economics and the cultural domain of interwar colonialisms through personal relationships and everyday interactions. An historian based in Melbourne, Sophie has lived in China intermittently since 1995 and attended Beijing International Studies University between 2002 and 2003. She studied history and Mandarin Chinese language at the University of Sydney (BA, 2005) and gained her honours with a University of Sydney award for Best Australian History Thesis 1900-1940 (2006). She has published journal articles in History Australia, Media History International and History Workshop Journal. Sophie teaches in twentieth century Australian social and cultural history, Australia-Asia relations and Chinese history from the Republican Era through to the present.

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