Friday, April 3, 2009, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Saturday, April 4, 2009, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Faculty Club, UC Berkeley
The conference will consist of three panels focusing on the following set of questions:
How do and to what end do intellectual and cultural historians ‘travel’ between historical moments? Can particular historical moments (such as the late Qing, or the 1960s) be isolated or identified as being of particular moment as heuristic resources for thinking through the perplexities and newly emergent formations of our own time?
What methodological challenges are involved in this process of excavation and reflection? Are genealogical approaches to modern Chinese intellectual history sufficient?
Is it possible to broaden the scope of historical enquiry to encompass the circulation of vernacular ideas — that is, ideas (about 'development' or 'natural selection' or 'the market', for instance) which may have only a tenuous relation with "correct," "experimentally derived" or "universal" forms of scientific or social scientific knowledge, but instead function as 'memes' or narrative frames: localized, fragmentary, easily assimilable into different media?
Center for Chinese Studies
University of California, Berkeley
2223 Fulton Street, Room 505
Berkeley, CA 94720-2328
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