About Agoston Horanyi
My main interest these days is Chinese tea culture and, with this research, I am wanting to explore the process of an active tradition invetion.
Chinese tea ceremony as a singular entity does not exist and has never existed (at least not in the way it does, say, in Japan). Nonetheless, there is a strong notion for creating a uniquely Chinese approach to tea, an authentic Chinese tea ceremony. By way of looking into the ways how a historically non-existent tea tradition is being invented and tailored to the needs of current-day China, I hope to gain insight into current social, cultural, and political trends, which shape China’s contemporary and future profile. I will be analysing Chinese literary products, tea-related artefacts, religious & philosophical oeuvres, records of drinking fashions, etc., in order to investigate in what ways the Chinese government drives and supports a large-scale process of social engineering and global self-branding with the vehicle of tea.
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Laidlaw Project Officer, Durham University
Research Scholar , Durham university
Research Scholar, Durham University
Art History and Film Undergraduate, The University of St Andrews
Student, University of Toronto
Undergraduate Researcher , University of Leeds
Laidlaw Scholar, Columbia University
Student, Durham University
Laidlaw Undergraduate Research Scholar, Durham University
Laidlaw Scholar, Durham Unviersity
CEO and Co-Founder, Zapnito Ltd.