Tianxia Workshop: The Post-Post-Cold War Era: History, Memory and Mass Culture (talk in Chinese)

Jinhua Dai, Professor, Center for Comparative Literature and Culture and Director, the Center for Film and Cultural Studies,Peking University

NOTE: Talk in Chinese.

This talk examines the entrenchment of the new hegemonic ideology by looking at a series of popularly acclaimed films such as Lust, Caution 《色戒》, Message 《风声》, The Assembly 《集结号》 and Let the Bullets Fly 《让子弹飞》, as well as similarly popular television dramas. The talk will begin with narrative strategies, structural fautlines, and subject positioning in the films/dramas in question, and move on to discuss how they attempt to re-write 20th-century Chinese history and how the heterogeneous element of “revolution” is replaced by the imagination of an uninterrupted “modern China.” The talk will also consider audience reception in order to highlight the multiple dilemmas and discomfitures inherent in the subject positioning and self-fashioning of the “Chinese” within the world picture.

May 6-11, 2011
Stanford University

The workshop will gather together a small group of distinguished scholars to engage in sustained conversations on the theoretical implications and practical values of the traditional Chinese vision of world order, or tianxia (all under heaven). This vision anchors a universal authority in the moral, ritualistic, and aesthetic framework of a secular high culture, while providing social and moral criteria for assessing fair, humanitarian governance and proper social relations. Varied discourses indebted to tianxia have resurfaced in modern China in quest of moral and cultural ways of relating to and articulating an international society. We believe that the Chinese vision may prove productive in exploring possibilities of world culture and literature in the tension-ridden yet interconnected world. In this workshop, we will examine the ways in which Chinese thinkers and writers have envisioned China’s place in and as world history and its new responsibility in the interstate world system.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the School of Humanities and Sciences. Major funding is provided by Stanford’s Presidential Fund for Innovation in the Humanities.

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Please contact Carmen Suen for more information.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 4:30 pm — 6:00 pm
Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall East, 3rd Floor

Center for East Asian Studies
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures