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Rural China: from Late Imperial to Contemporary

Distinguished scholars examine rural China.

March 8, 2008 12:00am
Qing Rural Social and Economic History: The State of the Field (9:00 – 10:45)
A roundtable with Li Bozhong (Tsinghua University, currently visiting at CalTech), Kenneth Pomeranz (UCI), and R. Bin Wong (UCLA)
Discussant: Philip Hoffman (CalTech)
Coffee Break 10:45 -11:00
The Republican Era (11:00- 1:00)
Pierre Fuller (UCI): “Humiliating Hunger: North China Famine
1920-1921 & the Modern Claim on Humanitarianism”
Discussant: Robert Marks (Whittier College)
Kate Merkel-Hess (UCI): “Lettering Society: Literacy Education and the Rural Modern in the Republican Rural Reconstruction Movement”
Discussant: Georgia Mickie (Cal Poly Pomona)
Lunch Break: 1:00- 2:30
Post 1949 (2:30 – 5:00)
Jonathan Jackson (UCLA): “The Intersection of Socialist Merit and Agnatic Descent: Death Ritual, Funeral Reform and the Rural/Urban Ritual Divide in Shaanxi Province”
Su Yang (UCI): “Landless Lords, Poor Rich-Peasants: The Creation and Maintenance of Class Enemies in Rural China under Mao”
Nicholas Menzies (UCLA): “Development by Campaign: A History of the Transformation of the Xishuangbanna Landscape”
Discussants: Thomas Bernstein (Columbia) -- Su Yang and Nicholas Menzies); Eugene Cooper,(USC)  -- Jonathan Jackson
For further information, please contact Ken Pomeranz: 949-824-5169,