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Séminaire de l'IAO : Jeffrey WasserstromLundi 14 septembre 2015, Salle de réunion de l’IAO (R66), de 15h30 à 17h

"Dissent and Its Enemies in Shanghai and Hong Kong, 1945-2015"

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Professor of History at the University of California at Irvine and the author of several books, including Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China (1991), Global Shanghai , 18500-2010 (2009), and China in the 21st Century (2010 and 2013 editions). His commentaries and reviews have appeared in many newspapers, magazines and online publications, from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to New Left Review and Internazionale. He edits the Journal of Asian Studies, is an advising editor on China for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and is on the editorial board of Dissent Magazine.

Résumé : This talk will look at recurring themes in protest and repression in Greater China, focusing in particular on the ideas and actions of students and young intellectuals in two of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities. A starting point will be Shanghai protests and counter-protests during the Civil War era (1945-1949), while an end point will be the Hong Kong events of the last year, which the presenter briefly observed firsthand. Some attention will also be paid to events in between, from the Shanghai protests of 1986, which once again the presenter observed directly, to the Hong Kong demonstrations of 2012.