History, Images, and Politics in the PRC

History, Images, and Politics in the PRC: An International Workshop

This two-day workshop brings a number of international scholars to Stanford to explore some of the different ways in which images and printed media have been used in contemporary politics within the People’s Republic of China.

Thursday, January 24
9:00 – 9:10 Opening remarks, Ban Wang (EALC, Stanford)

9:10 – 10:45 Political Authority and Grassroots Activism Chair: Guobin Yang (Sociology & Communication, U Penn) Presenters: Elizabeth J. Perry (Harvard) and Xiaojun Yan (Politics and Public Administration, Univ. of Hong Kong). Suppressing Students in the PRC: Proletarian State-Mobilized Movements in 1968 and 1989. Andrew Walder (Sociology, Stanford). Pathways to Violent Insurgency: China’s Factional Warfare of 1967-1968. Emily Honig (History, UC Santa Cruz). Crime and Punishment: Peasants, Sent-down Youth, and a Campaign to Expose Sexual Assault.

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:45 Writing and Propaganda Chair: Gail Hershatter (History, UC Santa Cruz) Presenters: Paul Pickowicz (History, UC San Diego). Mid-Cultural Revolution Propaganda Posters: Unintended Glimpses of the High Socialist Formation. Haiyan Lee (EALC, Stanford). “Homage to Virtue”: On Hypocrisy in Chinese Politics and Literature. Guangyao Jin (History, Fudan). The Rise and Fall of the Writing Group of Shanghai Party Committee.

12:45 – 2:00 Lunch (at patio outside East Asia Library)

2:00 – 3:45 Arts, Images, and Censorship Chair: Jean Oi (Political Science, Stanford) Presenters: Peidong Sun (History, Fudan and UC Berkeley). “Fragrant Flowers” and “Poisonous Weeds”: Censoring Personal Readings in the Cultural Revolution. Julia Andrews (Art History, Ohio State). From the Dark to the Light: Iconographic Changes in Cultural Revolution Images. Shaoqian Zhang (Art History, Oklahoma State). From Stove Gods to Political Gods: Representing Opulence in China’s New Nianhua of the 1950s.

3:45 – 4:00 Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 Archive and Resources Chair: Jidong Yang (East Asia Library, Stanford) Presenters: Letian Zhang (School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan). Introduction to the Collection of Social History Archives of Contemporary China at Fudan University (in Chinese). Peiming Yang (Shanghai Propaganda Art Center). Irresistible Visual Beauty: New-Year Posters in New China.

6:30 Dinner at a local restaurant (panelists only)

Friday, January 25
9:00 – 10:45 Views from Outside Chair: Thomas Gold (Sociology, UC Berkeley)Presenters: Denise Ho (History, Yale). Imagining Revolution from the Outside In: Visualizing PRC Politics from Hong Kong. Xueshan Wu (China Central Academy of Fine Arts). Chinese Anti-Imperialist Propaganda in the 1960s: Defying Soviet Revisionism and American Empire. Ban Wang (EALC, Stanford). Charismatic Politics and the People in the Cultural Revolution: The Mao Cult According to Alain Badiou.

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:45 Arts and Everyday Life in Socialist China Chair: Peidong Sun (History, Fudan and UC Berkeley)Presenters: Kuiyi Shen (Visual Arts, UC San Diego). Hot Propaganda in the Cold War. John Israel (History, Univ. of Virginia). Signs of the Time: Streetside Posters in Kunming. Hanchao Lu (History, GA Inst. of Tech.). Rhetoric Versus Reality: Shanghai’s Alleyway Production Teams, 1958-1978.

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch and Roundtable Chairs: Gail Hershatter, Guobin Yang, and Peidong Sun.

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, East Asia Library, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University Libraries

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Posted by: Haiyan Lee <haiyan@stanford.edu>


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