Anni Kajanus

Assistant Professor

  • PL 18 (Unioninkatu 35)

    00014

    Finland

20152020

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Anni Kajanus is a specialist in the anthropology of China, her research focuses on culture and cognition, morality, cooperation, competition and conflict; migration, education, gender and family. 

Her most recent research brings together methods and approaches from anthropology and psychology, for a comparative study of children's social and cognitive development across cultural-historical contexts, including cooperative behaviours, morality, understanding of social hiearchies, etc. The broader aim of this work is to contribute to the multi-disciplinary study of the origins of human social behaviour.

Anni is the author of Chinese Student Migration, Gender and Family, which situates the family project of investing in the overseas education of the only child within the wider socio-moral transformation of the Chinese society, and China's engagement in the international education market.

Before joining UH, Anni held postdoctoral fellowships (Marie Sklodowska-Curie; Leverhulme) at the Department of Anthropology, LSE, and the Department of Psychology, Harvard.

Anni received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Helsinki, MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and BA in Anthropology from the University of Kent.

Current courses: Persons and Social Relations; Central Themes in Social and Cultural Anthropology; Bachelor's Seminar; Ethnographic Methodologies

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Univeristy of Helsinki

M.Sc., University of Amsterdam

BA, University of Kent

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • Cognitive anthropology
  • China
  • Morality
  • Migration
  • Kinship
  • Personhood
  • Cooperation
  • Competition
  • Conflict
  • Culture and ontogeny
  • Education

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications

Children’s fairness in two Chinese schools: A combined ethnographic and experimental study

Kajanus, A., McAuliffe, K., Warneken, F. & Blake, P. R., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 177, p. 282-296 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Mutualistic vs. zero-sum modes of competition: a comparative study of children's competitive motivations and behaviours in China

Kajanus, A., Feb 2019, In : Social Anthropology. 27, 1, p. 67-83 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Playing ball: Cooperation and competition in two Chinese primary schools

Kajanus, A. E., 13 Dec 2018, Cooperation in Chinese communities: Morality and practice. Stafford, C., Judd, E. R. & Bell, E. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 19-40 22 p. 2. (LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Chinese student migration, gender and family

Kajanus, A. E., 2015, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Overthrowing the first mountain: Chinese student migrants and the geography of power

Kajanus, A., 2015, In : Journal of current Chinese affairs. 44, 3, p. 79-102 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities

Developmental trajectories of helping others

Anni Kajanus (Speaker)

8 May 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Ethos (Malden) (Journal)

Anni Kajanus (Member of editorial board)

2020 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies (Journal)

Anni Kajanus (Member of editorial board)

2020 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA) (External organisation)

Anni Kajanus (Chair)

20 Jul 2020 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in research network

London School of Economics and Political Science

Anni Kajanus (Other role)

6 Feb 202011 Feb 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Press / Media