How Maoism Was Made conference

How Maoism was Made: Analysing Chinese Communism beyond the Totalitarian Lens, 1949-1965
Thu 29 Nov & Fri 30 Nov 2018
The British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AH

2019 will mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, the world’s largest socialist society. Although popularly perceived as a rupture, historians have increasingly emphasised continuities across the 1949 divide, making the end of the Maoist system in 1978 a much more striking transition. The picture that emerges from the early PRC is one in which China is not a top-down totalitarian regime, but one enabled by ordinary people wishing to secure their place, including scientists, farmers, artists, and religious officials. By engaging with historians of the USSR, this conference will gather scholars of China offering new perspectives on the revolution, life under socialism, and the establishment of a new political order.


Conference convenors:
Professor Aaron William Moore, University of Edinburgh
Dr Jennifer Altehenger, King’s College London

Dr Felix Boecking, Edinburgh University/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Dr Mary Augusta Brazelton, Cambridge University
Dr Robert Cliver, Humboldt State University
Dr Robert Culp, Bard College
Dr Brian De Mare, Tulane University
Dr Nara Dillon, Harvard University
Dr Christine I. Ho, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr Covell Meyskens, Naval Postgraduate School
Professor Michael Schoenhals, Lund University
Dr Aminda M. Smith, Michigan State University
Dr Nicolai Volland, Pennsylvania State University
Dr Shellen Wu, University of Tennessee
Dr Wang Xiaoxuan, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Chairs/ Discussants
Dr Juliane Furst, Bristol University
Professor Jochen Hellbeck, Rutgers University
Professor Stephen Lovell, King’s College London
Professor Aaron W Moore, University of Edinburgh

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