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Of Concepts and History: Critiques of the Economic in 1930s-1940s China

UCLA Center for Chinese Studies presents a talk by Rebecca Karl.

January 7, 2010 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Rebecca Karl (Associate Professor of History, New York University) received her PhD in History from Duke University in 1995. Her Research includes a completed book project on modern Chinese intellectual history, with a focus on nationalism at the turn of the twentieth century; and ongoing projects on gender and citizenship at the turn of the twentieth century; contemporary Chinese film, historical consciousness, and historiographical debates; issues in contemporary Chinese intellectual and social life; 1920s and 1930s Chinese economic thought and the problem of "semi-colonialism"; contemporary critical theory; comparative history. All of the work highlights the various global contexts--economic, intellectual, cultural--of modern and contemporary China and is intended as an extended working out of the relationship between critical theories of modernity and modern Chinese history.

Among Professor Karl’s publications are:

Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Durham, NC: Duke University Press 2002.

Rethinking the 1898 Reform Period: Political and Cultural Change in Modern China, co-editor (with Peter Zarrow); Harvard University, Council on East Asian Publications 2002.

Marxism beyond Marxism, co-editor (with Saree Makdisi and Cesare Casarino), Routledge 1996.