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Seminar: (Re)Constructing Chinese National and Cultural Identit(ies) in the Age of Globalization
Date: 11 April 2008 (Friday)

Modern China Studies Seminar Series

“(Re)Constructing Chinese National and Cultural Identit(ies) in the Age of Globalization”


Professor WANG NING
Tsinghua University, PRC

Date: April 11, 2008 (Friday)
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: 325, Meng Wah Complex
Language: English

In this lecture, Professor Wang will discuss the many aspects of globalization in China and critique narrow-minded nationalism in intellectual circles. He holds that doing literary and cultural studies in the age of globalization should have a transnational horizon and global perspective. At the same time that they endeavour to bring as many Western cultural trends and theories as possible to China, Chinese intellectuals should also contribute to global scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. He argues that reconstructing the Neo-Confucianist doctrines from a postmodern perspective might well be a positive cultural strategy that enables Chinese intellectuals to contribute to international theoretical dialogues.

About the speaker:
Wang Ning is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Tsinghua University where he directs the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Apart from his numerous publications in Chinese, he has published a book in English entitled Globalization and Cultural Translation (2004) and edited nearly ten books and special journal issues in English, including Encyclopaedia of Globalization (2006). His English articles have appeared in such international journals as New Literary History, boundary 2, Critical Inquiry, Neohelicon, ARIEL, Comparative Literature Studies, Modern Language Quarterly, Semiotica, Perspectives: Studies in Translatology, Journal of Contemporary China and others.

For further information, please contact Ms. Josephine Kwok at 2219 4208 or

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