An interdisciplinary graduate student conference celebrating the creative spaces that arise in the (de)construction of "China", May 30-31, 2008.
1:00-1:15 – Opening Remarks
Maura Dykstra and Matthew Cochran
Discussant: Ted Huters
In this panel, we juxtapose presentations related to the formation of national identity in the past and present, in a context of military tension. How does the imagination of a military or political threat encourage new strategies of self-portrayal at home?
2:15-2:30 Coffee Break
Discussant: Andrea Goldman
How have different institutions and customs changed to accommodate new visions of China’s place in a global community? What can we learn from tensions or changes produced (or not produced) in the process of contact with new or different modes of social organization? Is China’s uniqueness or strangeness more imagined than real? Can we learn something in particular about widespread or global trends through their manifestations in China?
4:15-5:00 – Discussion
Tel: (310) 825-8683
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