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18:30 - 20:00 13 February 2014

A civilisation for five thousand years? China's self-identity in the 21st century


Lecture Theatre | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Professor Wang Mingming, Guest speaker, University of Peking, Wang Mingming, a professor of anthropology at Peking University, is an author of many anthropological and historical works, including such recent ones as The West as the Other (2007), Empire and Local Worlds (2009), Biography and Anthropology (2010), and Transcending the New Warring States (2012). He founded the journal Chinese Review of Anthropology in 2006. He has been Secretary-General of the Chinese Anthropological Association and vice-president of the Chinese Association of Maritime History.
Professor Stephan Feuchtwang, Guest respondent, LSE, Stephan Feuchtwang has been engaged in research on popular religion and politics in mainland China and Taiwan since 1966, resulting in extensive publications on charisma, place, temples and festivals, and civil society, including The Anthropology of Religion, Charisma and Ghosts: Chinese Lessons for Adequate Theory (2010) and After the Event: The Transmission of Grievious Loss in Germany, China and Taiwan (2011). He has recently been engaged in a research project on the comparison of civilisations and empires.

The claim that China is a civilisation of five thousand years duration is being made as part of a powerful internal debate about China’s identity and global authority in the twenty-first century. Concepts of the ‘nation’ and the ‘state’, once adapted from Western social and political thought, are being questioned and replaced by the pre-modern idea of a worldscape or civilisation. Professor Wang Mingming (Peking University) and his respondent Professor Stephan Feuchtwang (LSE) will debate the contemporary relevance of civilisation for the future of China.

This event is the official launch for the new UCL Centre for Research on the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC).


David Alabaster
+44 (0)207 679 7522 | d.alabaster@ucl.ac.uk


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