The Maoist Legacy at CrossAsia Fachtagung 2018

The Maoist Legacy will be represented at the CrossAsia Fachtagung 2018, where we will give a presentation on our work to construct a database (and the challenges that we have encountered) under the title “Doing Digital History of the People’s Republic of China: the Maoist Legacy Database and Its Discontents.”

See the full program here.

Talk at EHESS: “Réhabiliter, juger, contenir – la justice réparatrice en Chine”

Puck Engman will present the methodological and historiographical issues linked to the project research at the first in a series of workshops under the title “Enquêter en Chine et en Russie : à la recherche d’appuis communs pour la réflexion,” organized by Isabelle Thireau (CCJ-CECMC) and Françoise Daucé (CERCEC).

The workshop will be held on December 12 at the EHESS, Paris.

The program can be viewed here.

Sebastian Veg on the rise of grassroots intellectuals

On November 7, Sebastian Veg will come to Freiburg to give a lecture with the title “Speaking with the Silent Majority: the Rise of Grassroots Intellectuals.” An abstract:

Whereas, throughout the 20th century, intellectuals in China defined themselves through a posture of responsibility for the affairs of the nation and the state (“taking the world under the heavens as one’s responsibility”), in the last twenty years, positions have become more diverse and more complex. Beginning in the 1990s, intellectuals were no longer exclusively affiliated with state work units, and their income sources became more diverse. Many began to question the “grand narratives” of modernization and democracy, which had cemented the elite consensus over “reform” in the 1980s. Criticizing intellectuals’ traditional elitist bias, they shifted their interests to concrete problems, often associated with people situated not at the center but at the margins of society, famously described by Wang Xiaobo as the “silent majority” or “weak groups” (ruoshi qunti). Some of them began to work for NGOs, or study sensitive topics, or produce documentary films. As the public sphere broadened to include the internet and social media, new forms of interventions appeared, along with alternative spaces. This presentation will attempt to assess the changes that have taken place and to connect them with several theoretical questions related to definitions of the intellectual and of the public sphere

Time: November 7, 18:15.

Place: Erbprinzenstraße 12.


“New Trends in the Study of the Early People’s Republic of China” International Workshop

This week the Maoist Legacy Project will be co-hosting an international workshop on New Trends in the Study of the Early People’s Republic of China. Workshop participants will present on and discuss a range of topics spanning the Mao years and their immediate aftermath. Members of the MLP team will present on research findings and the project database, as well as lead a discussion on the digital humanities and PRC history.