Political Practice in Modern China
A conference at Churchill College, Cambridge, England, 25-27 June 2002.
Supported by the East Asia Institute of Cambridge University and sponsored by the Huang Hsing Foundation, USA.
In the late nineteenth century, China's political elites believed three great questions faced China: how to recover national independence, modernise economically and re-organise politically. At the start of the new millennium, China's national independence is an established fact and its rapid economic development beyond doubt. The shape of its political system in twenty years' time, however, is far less clear.
The conference will contribute to the debate about the Chinese political future by focusing on how politics has been and is actually 'done' in modern and contemporary China. Topics to be discussed include aspects of Chinese legal practice, human rights, questions of citizenship and public ritual, and the politics of consumption.
The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Roderick MacFarquhar (Harvard University); speakers include Frank Dikotter (SOAS), Merle Goldman (Fairbank Center, Harvard University) and Bonnie McDougall (Edinburgh University).
Members of the public are welcomed to attend: admission will be £50 (£30 students), including tea, coffee and lunch on both days of the conference.
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