Since Xi Jinping announced his slogan of “Zhongguo Meng“ in 2013, many academics, artists and bloggers explored the possible content of this dream, initiating a vibrant industry of dreams. Humorous as well as serious suggestions were brought forward, among which the call for political and environmental reforms took the lead. Nearly two years later, serious environmental hazards seem to go into decline, whereas food safety is still an issue and the air quality in major cities continues to be very bad. What do they expect from the government? And, perhaps most importantly, how do they articulate their China dreams? In this talk, we will look at the cultural foundations of this concept and listen to a selection of responses from various social backgrounds.
About the Speaker
Andrea Riemenschnitter is the Chair Professor of Modern Chinese Studies at Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University Zurich. Previously, she taught at the University of Heidelberg. She was Honorary Fellow at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and has held visiting professor positions and visiting research fellowships at Beijing Normal University, the University of California, Berkeley and Tsinghua University, Beijing. She received her PhD in Chinese Studies at the University of Goettingen.
The broad research of Prof Riemenschnitter includes modern and contemporary Chinese literature and cultural history (late Ming to present), theories and methodology of cultural analysis, processes of cultural flow and exchange, Chinese transnational and translation studies, environmental turn, mythologies of/in modernity, and theater and performance studies.
19:30-21:30 Networking apéro
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