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Seminar: On the Geopolitical and Discursive Origins of Cosmopolitanism in Hong Kong
Date: 30 May 2008 (Friday)

Modern China Studies Seminar Series

On the Geopolitical and Discursive Origins of Cosmopolitanism in Hong Kong

Professor Allen CHUN
Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica

Date: May 30, 2008 (Friday)
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: G4, Tang Chi Ngong Building
Language: English

This talk explores the complex origins of a unique cosmopolitan culture in 1980s Hong Kong, which among other things represented the historical intersection of a changing colonialism, divisive nationalist struggles and the advent of a modern world system.  Using the example of 號外 City Magazine, Professor Chun will focus particular attention (in situ) on the intellectual and cultural influences contributing to the emergence of a "multicultural" as well as "urban" and "popular" mass mediated culture.

About the speaker:
Allen Chun is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He is the author of Unstructuring Chinese Society: The Fictions of Colonial Practice and the Changing Realities of 'Land' in the New Territories of Hong Kong and articles in numerous journals. He has most recently edited a special issue in Cultural Studies entitled (Post)Colonialism and Its Discontents as well as a special issue in Communal/Plural: Journal of Transnational & Crosscultural Studies on The Postnation, or Violence and the Norm. His thematic interests cover the fields of socio-cultural theory, historical anthropology, cultural sociology of the state as well as colonial and post-colonial societies. He has done research in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

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

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