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Seminar: Boundary and Power in Globalizing China and Taiwan
 
 
Date: 29 May 2008 (Thursday)
 

Modern China Studies Seminar Series

Boundary and Power in Globalizing China and Taiwan

Professor Robert P. WELLER
Department of Anthropology, Boston University

Date: May 29, 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: G4, Tang Chi Ngong Building
Language: English

Abstract:
In this talk, Professor Weller examines how late imperial Chinese ideas of place and power interact with the projects of modernity, with particular attention to boundary crossing and its implications for empathy and pluralism.  He focuses on three key notions that have long co-existed in Chinese cultures: an imperial power that extends down from the center, an empowered edge that breaks in from the periphery, and a despatialized power that is most clearly developed in Buddhism. He concludes with a comparison of how the various Chinese images of space and power relate to mobility across boundaries, and with some thoughts about the possible role of earlier understandings in the modern world.

About the speaker:
Robert P. Weller received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and is currently Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Boston University and a research associate in BU's Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. His most recent book is Discovering Nature: Globalization and Environmental Culture in China and Taiwan. Other books include Civil Life, Globalization, and Political Change in Asia: Organizing Between Family and State, Alternate Civilities: Chinese Culture and the Prospects for Democracy, Unities and Diversities in Chinese Religion and Resistance, Chaos and Control in China: Taiping Rebels, Taiwanese Ghosts and Tiananmen.

For further information, please contact Ms. Josephine Kwok at 2219 4208 or jojokwok@hkucc.hku.hk

 
 
     
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