Viral Politics: Left Perspectives on the World and China part 2

Thank you to everyone who joined the first session of the Critical China Scholars roundtable, “Viral Politics: Left Perspectives on the World and China.” We are greatly looking forward to the second session (“Against Racism and Nationalism,” Thursday, July 2, 7-8:30 p.m. EDT), and we encourage everyone to register via Eventbrite.

If you missed the first session, you can download the audio at our new website,, where you will also find our Statement of Principles. You may also be interested in visiting our Facebook page.

Viral Politics: Left Perspectives on the World and China

Presented by Critical China Scholars and co-sponsored by Verso Books, Haymarket Books, n+1, Made in China Journal, The Nation, New Politics, positions, Spectre, The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), and Justice Is Global.

The COVID-19 pandemic has become the latest locus of growing US-China tensions, opening crucial conversations for the international left related to the principles of anti-capitalism, anti-authoritarianism, anti-racism, and anti-imperialism. As critical scholars of China, we will take up these issues in a two-part webinar series.

We begin with the questions: How can we move from scapegoating China to developing an analysis of capitalism, authoritarianism and imperialism as global systems that produce crises and injustices? How can we address proliferating social inequalities, political oppression, and environmental degradation amid geopolitical tensions? How do we counter China-bashing abroad without sidelining the legitimate concerns of Chinese citizens and social movements in China? How do we address rising xenophobia, racism, and nationalism in pandemic times? And, what is the role of China scholars in producing critical knowledge and engaging with political questions?

Session 2: Against Racism and Nationalism
Thur, July 2, 7-8:30 p.m. EDT

Moderator: Aminda Smith, Michigan State University
David Brophy, University of Sydney
Fabio Lanza, University of Arizona
Alex Lee, University of Sydney
Kevin Lin, Hong Kong University
Sigrid Schmalzer, University of Massachusetts
Shan Windscript, University of Melbourne


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