Cities – Shanghai: Colonialism, Cosmopolitanism and Chinese Modernity

Please note this event has been rescheduled

New date: Thursday 30 September, 2010

Researchers of this panel will present the city of Shanghai to the audience as they know of it from various perspectives. Professor David Goodman will give an introduction to the history, ethnography and the pre-1949 colonial conditions of Shanghai. Dr Yiyan Wang will demonstrate how Shanghai’s cosmopolitan environment in the 1920s and 1930s was conducive to the emergence of Chinese modernism in literature and art.  Dr Yi Zheng will examine how city narratives, from travel guides to fiction to personal memoirs, as an important part of urban culture, shape and structure our knowing, feeling and understanding of the cityscape, its inhabitants and history. She will focus in particular on how Shanghai stories function as the romance of a bourgeois city.

Dr Yiyan Wang and Dr Yi Zheng — both from the School of Languages and Cultures — will be in conversation with Professor David Goodman, Director, Institute of Social Sciences
Venue: Sydney Law School foyer, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus.
Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm

A joint Sydney Humanities Salon and Sydney Ideas Open event.

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