Lecture: "Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification" Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:10 – 1:30pm
Lecture: "Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification"
Room:273
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Cost:Free
Contact Email:slivory@ucdavis.edu
Contact Phone #:530-752-3046
Event Type:Forums, Discussions and Information Sessions, Free Events, Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:Eddy U
Sponsored by:East Asian Studies Program

In this talk, Eddy U will discuss his forthcoming book Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification (University of California Press, April 2019). The book reexamines the relations between the intellectual and the Chinese socialist revolution of the last century. He argues that “the intellectual” was a widening classification of people under the Chinese Communist Party. The book describes the metamorphosis of the intellectual from an obscure term during the May Fourth Movement of the early 1920s to a primary yet manipulable classification of millions of people under the People’s Republic of China.

At the same time, the book explains how this top-down conversion of ordinary folks and socialist revolutionaries into usable but untrustworthy “intellectuals” affected patterns of domination, interaction, and rupture within the socialist revolution. The practices of workplace management by party cadres, ideological reeducation, and mass surveillance that flourished under the People’s Republic were some of the important outcomes. The mutual constitution of the intellectual and the Chinese socialist revolution leaves behind a legacy that affects ways of seeing, thinking, acting, and feeling in what is now a globalized China.

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