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Cornell Contemporary China Initiative Spring Focus is "The City: Asia"

This Chinese clan house in Penang demonstrates the dominance of Chinese culture there.
January 25, 2022

EAP is excited to announce the Spring 2022 Contemporary China Initiative series featuring four prominent speakers from around the world including Tani Barlow of Rice University and Kimiko Suda a post-doc at the National Discrimination and Racism Monitor (NaDiRa) in Germany. Arnika Fuhrmann, Associate Professor, Asian Studies at Cornell directs the series this semester concurrent with her course, The City: Asia. (Asia 4423).

These lectures unpack the dense and layered cultural histories that define the contemporary and historical urban fabric of cities such as Singapore, Shanghai, Penang, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.

Trans-Asian economic shifts have transformed notions of urban personhood and collective life. Cinema, literature, and a wide range of theoretical frameworks such as queer, political, religious, and urban studies, cultural geography, and anthropology build a foundation for understanding how people and cities mutually and indelibly impact one another.

The CCCI lecture series is directed at a broad audience from across disciplines and colleges. It is free and open to the public. This semester is co-sponsored by the East Asia Program, Asia Studies, the Department of History, and the Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell University.  All lectures are held virtually but two will be hybrid. See the listing below for details including how to register and physical locations for hybrid events by clicking on the link. All events are in Eastern Time.

February 21 at 7:30-9:00 p.m.

"Everyday Erotics: Older Chinese Lesbians and Bisexual Women"

Denise Tang, Lingnan University of Hong Kong

March 14 at 4:45-6:15 p.m.

"Provincializing China: Race and Architecture in Colonial-era Penang"

Lawrence Chua, Syracuse University Hybrid

April 11 at 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Ant Tribes (Yizu) in China's Contested Urban Spaces"

Kimiko Suda, Post-doc, National Discrimination, and Racism Monitor, Germany"

April 25 at 4:45-6:15 p.m.

Tani Barlow, Rice University is the author of In the Event of Women (Duke University Press, January, 2022).

Talk title to be announced. Hybrid

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  • Inequalities, Identities, and Justice


  • Social Mobilization