Moment and Methodology: Chinese Intellectual and Cultural History in Global Modernity

DATE: Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, 2009

PLACE: The Faculty Club, UC Berkeley

SPONSORS: Center for Chinese Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Shorenstein Foundation, Townsend Center for the Humanities




DESCRIPTION

Description

Note: The conference is free. If you wish to join us for lunch, please RSVP to the Center for Chinese Studies.

This international conference brings together leading scholars of Chinese intellectual and cultural history to explore the two formative historical moments, for China and the modern world: the late 19th century and the global 1960s.

How do and to what end do intellectual and cultural historians "travel" between historical moments? Can particular historical moments (such as the late Qing, or the 1960s) be isolated or identified as being of particular moment as heuristic resources for thinking through the perplexities and newly emergent formations of our own time?

What methodological challenges are involved in this process of excavation and reflection? Are genealogical approaches to modern Chinese intellectual history sufficient?

Is it possible to broaden the scope of historical enquiry to encompass the circulation of vernacular ideas — that is, ideas (about "development" or "natural selection" or "the market," for instance) which may have only a tenuous relation with "correct," "experimentally derived" or "universal" forms of scientific or social scientific knowledge, but instead function as "memes" or narrative frames: localized, fragmentary, easily assimilable into different media?

How, in other words, has the circulation of ideas in modern China generated new forms of social and political and cultural practice at crucial historical junctures, and how might we more effectively map their contours and understand their consequences?

SCHEDULE

Friday, April 3, 2009
Keynote speech: Variations between Culture and Politics: War, Revolution, and May Fourth
4:00 pm

Wang Hui, Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University

Note: the Keynote speech will be held in the Seaborg Room of the Faculty Club, which is not wheelchair accessible. All other panels will be held in the Heyns Room on the first floor of the Faculty Club, which is wheelchair accessible.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

9:00 am - 9:30 am - Coffee and registration

Panel 1: The Long 19th Century: From the Late Qing to the May 4th Moment
9:30 am - 12:15 pm

Presenters:
Rebecca Karl — Race and Slavery in the Late Qing
Viren Murthy — Buddhist Epistemology and Modern Self-Identity: Zhang Taiyang's "On Establishing a Religion"
Theodore Huters — Rethinking the Simplification of Modern Chinese Prose
Andrew F. Jones — The 'Iron House' of Developmental Narrative: Wu Jianren, Lu Xun, and Late Victorian Fiction

12:15 pm -1:30 pm - Lunch

Note: If you wish to join us for lunch, please RSVP to the Center for Chinese Studies.

PANEL 2: The Global 1960s and its Afterlives: From Cultural Revolution to 'Depoliticization'?
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Presenters:
Christopher Connery — Intellectuals and Revolution in the Chinese and World Sixties, and Beyond
Yiching Wu — Coping with Crisis in the Wake of the Cultural Revolution: China's "Post-Mao Reforms" Reinterpreted
Xiaobing Tang — The Politics of Political Pop
Li Tuo — "两个运动" 与八十年代中国 (提纲) ("The Two Movements," or China in the 1980s)

PANEL 3: Moments in Time, Moments in Media: Methodologies in Cultural and Intellectual History
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Presenters:
Lydia Liu — Empires of the Mind: From Old Media to New Media
Harry Harootunian — Uneven Temporalities/Unpredictable Pasts: Forms of Time in the Historical Field

Roundtable
5:15 pm

Moderator:
Alan Tansman

PARTICIPANTS

Participants

Christopher Connery, Professor, Literature, UC Santa Cruz

Harry Harootunian Professor, History, New York University

Theodore Huters, Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Andrew F. Jones, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Rebecca Karl, Associate Professor, East Asian Studies, New York University

Li Tuo, Research Scholar, East Asian Languages Cultures, Columbia University

Lydia Liu, East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

Viren Murthy, Assistant Professor, History, University of Ottawa

Xiaobing Tang, Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

Alan Tansman, Professor, Chair, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Wang Hui, Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University; Former Editor of Dushu (读书)

Yiching Wu, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and History, University of Michigan

DIRECTIONS

Directions

The conference "Moment and Methodology: Chinese Intellectual and Cultural History in Global Modernity" will be held in Faculty Club, UC Berkeley. The keynote lecture will be held in the Seaborg Room on the second floor, which is not wheelchair accessible. The remainder of the panels will be held in the Heyns Room on the first floor, which is wheelchair accessible.

Campus map

The Faculty Club is located in the southeast region of campus. Please find the Faculty Club in section C5 of this campus map.

By BART

If traveling by BART, exit the Richmond-Fremont line at the Berkeley station (not North Berkeley). When you leave the BART station, walk south down Shattuck Avenue to Bancroft Avenue (two or three blocks depending on which station exit you leave from) and turn left. Walk six blocks to College Avenue and turn left onto campus. Follow the path between Kroeber Hall, Wurster Hall, Hertz Hall, and Minor Hall until you reach the Faculty Club, which is nestled among the trees next to the Faculty Glade.

From Interstate 80

To reach the site by car from Interstate 80, exit at the University Avenue off-ramp in Berkeley. Take University Avenue east to Oxford Street and turn right. Oxford becomes Fulton Street in a couple of blocks. Turn left onto Durant Avenue, then left onto College Avenue. Turn left onto Bancroft Avenue. The Faculty Club is located on campus, closest to the intersection of Bancroft Avenue and College Avenue. The Faculty Club is located near Hertz Hall and Minor Hall.

From Highways 24/13

To reach us from Highways 24/13, exit 13 at Tunnel Road in Berkeley. Continue on Tunnel Road as it becomes Ashby. Turn right at College Avenue and drive approximately one mile north to Bancroft Way and turn left. The Faculty Club is located on campus, closest to the intersection of Bancroft Avenue and College Avenue. The Faculty Club is located near Hertz Hall and Minor Hall.

Directions to campus are also available at www.berkeley.edu/visitors/traveling.html

Parking at UC Berkeley

There are various public parking lots and facilities near the Berkeley campus and in downtown Berkeley. This list includes municipal and privately owned parking lots and garages open to the public. Please consult signs for hours and fees prior to entering the facilities.

Other lots:

  • Berkeley Way near Shattuck
  • Center Street near Shattuck
  • Allston Way near Shattuck
  • Kittredge Street near Milvia

More information is available on the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation page.