Tsuo-Yu Cheng

Tsuo-Yu Cheng, a professor of sociology at School of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Nanjing University, was born in Taoyuan in Taiwan. He got his doctorate degree from the Free University of Berlin in 2012, was a guest professor at Humboldt University of Berlin in 2018. He is also a habilitation candidate at Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena since 2020. His research interests include social theory, the Critical Theory, sociology of time, cultural sociology and sociology of media and communication.

Mailing Address: 163 Xianlin Road, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China, 210023

Email Address: cehepr@nju.edu.cn

Phone Number: +86 25 89680960 #312

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l   Monographs

2018,Social time: Genesis, changes, and problems. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press. (in Chinese)

2012,     Soziale Geschwindigkeit: Ein theoretischer Grundriss und eine zeitpolitische Fragestellung. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. (in German, published online)

l   Translation Works

Hartmut Rosa, 2018, Beschleunigung und Entfremdung: Entwurf einer kritischen Theorie spätmoderner Zeitlichkeit. Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Publishing Hause. (German to Chinese)

l   Articles

2019, “Georg Simmel’s sociological theory as an emergentist theory of society”, Social Sciences in Guangdong, 6: 173-184. (in Chinese)

2019, “The concept of social liberty from the perspective of the Critical Theory”, Journal of Social Sciences, 462(2): 71-80. (in Chinese)

2018, “The Structuredness of the life time”, Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Social Science Edition), 32(5): 99-106. (in Chinese)

2018, “Institutionalization of the life course: Paradigm and methods of the continental life course research”, Sociological Studies, 2: 214-241. (with Shan Hu, in Chinese)

2018, “Social constitution of recognition”, Chinese Journal of Sociology, 38(4): 180-211 (in Chinese)

2018, “The kairologization of time: The changes of the form of time and its modern configuration”, Study & Exploration, 270(1): 21-36. (in Chinese)

2017, “The ecology of social time: An outline of an empirical analytic framework of the sociology of time”, Time & Society, pp. 137-164.

2015, “Sociologization of freedom in Georg Simmel’s social theory”, Sociological Studies, 3: 97-122. (in Chinese)

2014, “Contemporary theories of social acceleration”, Social Sciences Abroad, 3: 108-118. (in Chinese)

2010, “Changes of time structure and the ideals of time politics: An analysis from the perspectives of the sociology of time”, Taiwanese Journal of Sociology, 44: 213-275. (in Chinese)

2010, “Slow down and thing more: A review of No time to think: The menace of media speed and the 24-hour news cycle”, Mass Communication Research, 104: 247-258. (in Chinese)

2009, “SPEED UP! A comparative study on Hartmut Rosa’s Beschleunigung and John Tomlinson’s The Culture of Speed”, Cultural Studies Bimonthly, Vol. 96. (in Chinese)

2009, “Time is life: A study of Norbert Elias’ social theory of time”, Cultural Studies Bimonthly, Vol. 88. (in Chinese)

2008, “A Theory which Dominates(?) the Speed: A review of Hartmut Rosa’s Beschleunigung: Die Veränderung der Zeitstrukturen in der Moderne”, Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies, 7: 244-257. (in Chinese)


Distinguished Professor of Chutian Scholar (2019, declined)

Best Paper Award, Annual conference of the Chinese Sociological Association (2015)

Award for Teaching Excellence, Southwest University (2014)

Member of German Society for Time Politics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zeitpolitik) (Since 2010)

German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdeinst, DAAD) Scholarship (2008-2012)