Professor of Chinese, SOAS, University of London

Michel Hockx studied Chinese language and literature at Leiden University in The Netherlands and at Liaoning University and Peking University in China. He obtained his PhD in 1994 from Leiden University for a thesis on modern Chinese poetry. In 1996 he joined SOAS, University of London, where he was appointed to the Chair of Chinese in 2002. His research focuses on modern Chinese literary communities, their publications, and their practices. He has published extensively on early 20th-century Chinese magazine literature and print culture and, more recently, on contemporary Internet literature. His current research deals with moral censorship and obscenity legislation in China throughout the modern period under different political systems, and its effects on the preservation and digitization of transgressive publications.


  • 2011–present
    President, British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS)
  • 2002–present
    Professor of Chinese, SOAS, University of London
  • 2013–present
    Director, SOAS China Instistute (SCI)


  • 1994 
    Leiden University, PhD


  • 2014
    (forthcoming) Internet Literature in China, New York: Columbia University Press
  • 2005
    (co-ed. with J. Strauss) Culture in the Contemporary PRC, Cambridge University Press
  • 2003
    Questions of Style: Literary Societies and Literary Journals in Modern China, 1911-1937, Leiden: Brill
  • 1999
    (ed.) The Literary Field of Twentieth-Century China, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press
  • 1994
    A Snowy Morning: Eight Chinese Poets on the Road to Modernity, Leiden: CNWS