Désirée Remmert

Posted on Sep, 29 2016

Désirée Remmert

Name: Dr. Désirée Remmert


Dr. Remmert was a Research Fellow at the ERCCT until August 2017.

Current Profile at the London School of Economics and Political Science


Désirée holds a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her PhD dissertation compares aspirations and life choices of young adults in Beijing and Taipei against the different socio-economic and political backgrounds of China and Taiwan. In particular, her research analyses how different childhood experiences made in the distinct economic and politico-ideological environments of China and Taiwan have shaped young people’s attitudes towards family obligations and individual fulfilment. Previously, she graduated with a MSc in Anthropology (China in Comparative Perspective) from the LSE. In her master thesis she compared women's performance of filial piety (xiao) in urban China and Taiwan.


Research Project

In her current postdoctoral research project, Désirée explores how changing notions of personal autonomy affect culturally specific concepts of fate and practices to control it in urban Taiwanese society. Applying a combination of methods borrowed from social anthropology and psychology, she analyses how societal and political transformations are reflected in a growing sense of independence and a need for self-expression which have to be reconciled with more traditional ideas on fate and predestination. By addressing the topic from an intergenerational perspective, Désirée examines how these conflicting notions of personal autonomy in decision-making and fatefulness are integrated and compares in which way these processes affect personal happiness among members of various age cohorts.