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October 13, 2008

Yiching Wu

Michigan China Fellows (MCF) presents
Modern China Politics and Society Series:
Cultural Revolution and Contemporary China

Yiching Wu, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and History, U-M

5:00PM-7:30PM, Wednesday, Oct. 15th
School of Education (610 East University Ave), 1322, Tribute Room
(Working Language is Chinese and pizza will be provided.)

• How do we understand the Cultural Revolution TODAY?
• What was the Cultural Revolution? When was it? And whose Cultural Revolution?

The Cultural Revolution, arguably one of the most important events in twentieth century Chinese history, has been the subject of numerous controversies and debates. In this talk Professor Wu will begin with questioning the conventional wisdom about the Cultural Revolution, and proceed to raising new questions regarding the nature, process, and historical significance of this immensely important event. He will argue that such apparently innocent questions have in fact no self-evident answers and conclude the talk with mapping the revival of interests in the Cultural Revolution in contemporary Chinese intellectual and political discussions.

Yiching Wu is an assistant Professor in Anthropology and History at UM. He received his PhD of anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2007. His dissertation received the Daniel F. Nugent Dissertation Prize in Historical Anthropology in 2008. Prof. Wu specializes in contemporary Chinese politics and culture. Among his interests are popular social movements, class formation and consciousness, socialism and post-socialist transitions, and politics of hegemony and counter-hegemony.

MCF (mcfgoblue@umich.edu) is a non-political group established to offer a common platform for its members to share scholarly pursuits, build personal connections, and communicate ideas on current affairs. Placing a significant emphasis on Chinese society, culture and history, MCF cherishes the idea of nurturing friendship, learning, and growth.

The Modern China Politics and Society series is sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies.

Posted by zzhu at October 13, 2008 05:15 PM