Liang Qichao's

Ban Wang, Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures,Stanford University

100 years of Chinese Revolution Lecture Series

Liang Qichao’s novel The Future of New China (1902) begins with a huge celebration of the 50th anniversary of the late Qing Reform in Shanghai. The celebration concurs with the signing of the Peace Treaty and the World Expo. While the Expo is marked by lively commerce among merchants from all over the world, the keynote of this international event is a celebration of culture and learning. Scholars from different nations converge and diverse schools of scholarship and religion come together to hold conferences and dialogue. The author makes a point of naming this as datong, the great world community. But from this Liang abruptly turns to a history of how the Chinese nation-state has been built through a long discussion of the pros and cons of parliamentary reform and revolution.  This talk will explore how Liang Qichao explores the themes of reform and revolution, nation-building and international politics, and the way he places moral revolution within an international perspective.

Ban Wang is the William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies at Stanford University and the Changjiang Chair Professor at East China Normal University. In addition to his research on Chinese and comparative literature, he has written on English and French literatures, psychoanalysis, international politics, and cinema. He has been a recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. He taught at Beijing Foreign Studies University, SUNY-Stony Brook, Harvard University, and Rutgers University before he came to Stanford. His current project is tentatively entitled China and the World: Geopolitics, Aesthetics, and Cosmopolitanism.


Saturday, November 12, 2011 | 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm
Graduate Community Center - Nairobi Room, 750 Escondido Road

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