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Civilisations and their Mobilisation Today:

Workshop on Civilisation in China


Date: 24 March 2017
Time: 2-5.30 p.m.
Location: IAS Common Ground
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Civilisations and their Mobilisation Today:

Workshop on Civilisation in China


Date: 24 March 2017

Time: 2-5.30 p.m.

Location: Common Ground, at the Institute of Advanced Studies, South Wing, Wilkins Building, University College London.

Tea and coffee will be provided

Civilisations are emerging again on the map of modern debate, where ‘civilisation’ is used to describe a phenomenon greater than the nation, one identified by materials, languages, arts, institutions and habits of mind and body that are spread over time and territory yet remain linked to one another as an integrated system. Why does such a category have renewed value despite its compromised usages in the past? And how is it being utilized in regions such as China, Africa, Europe, the Middle East or the Americas to challenge and to remap social and political geographies? CREDOC (the Centre for Research on the Dynamics of Civilisation) is running a series of workshops during 2017 on Civilisations and their Mobilisation Today with a view to creating a network of researchers on this theme and furthering their research projects.

The focus for this first workshop is the claim of the Chinese government to be the legitimate representative of a civilization and to continue its long heritage. What does the government and its various agencies, including schools, actually promote as Chinese civilisation? What do other modes of transmission (including renewed ritual traditions or cultural heritage projects) conserve? Are they ruptures from what was previously characterisable as civilisation in China or continuities? An afternoon of discussion of these issues will be prompted by introductory remarks by Wang Mingming (Peking), Stephan Feuchtwang (LSE) and Michael Rowlands (UCL).

All are welcome to attend and/or to suggest speakers and themes for further workshops on Civilisations and their Mobilisation Today. Any inquiries to the directors of CREDOC, Mike Rowlands (m.rowland@ucl.ac.uk) and Maria Wyke (m.wyke@ucl.ac.uk).

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