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Prof. Benjamin KINDLER

Assistant Professor

Location: Room 127, Ho Sin Hang Building 何善衡樓127室

Phone: (852) 2616 7476

Fax: (852) 2572 5170

Email: [email protected]

Areas of Interest

  • Global Socialism
  • Political Economy
  • Aesthetics
  • Modern Chinese Cultural and Intellectual History
  • Anti-Colonialism and Third Worldism
  • Education

    PhD in Modern Chinese Literature, Columbia University
    MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies, University of Oxford
    BA in Modern History and Politics, University of Oxford

  • Selected Publication

    Kindler, Benjamin. “Towards a Theory of Cultural Revolution: Proletarian Aesthetics and the Challenge of Labor Humanism in the Thought of Yao Wenyuan”. Chinese Literature and Thought Today (Accepted for publication, scheduled for issue 1.1)

    Kindler, Benjamin. “The Music of the Machine: A Ying, International Constructivism and Sonic Modernity in Chinese Revolutionary Literature”. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture/MCLC, vol. 34, no. 1, 2022, pp. 173-205.  

    Kindler, Benjamin. “Maoist Miniatures: The Proletarian Everyday, Visual Remediation and the Politics of Revolutionary Form”. Modern China. Online first, issue number pending.

    Kindler, Benjamin. “Our Friends in the South: Performing Sino-Vietnamese Solidarity in the Global 1960s”. International Quarterly for Asian Studies, vol. 52, no. 3-4, 2021, pp. 207-227.  

    Kindler, Benjamin. “Labor Romanticism against Modernity: The Creation Society as Socialist Avant-Garde”. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture/MCLC, vol. 32, no. 2, 2020, pp. 43-99.

    Kindler, Benjamin. “Beyond the Wage: Zhang Chunqiao, Bourgeois Right and Maoism as Theory”. In Landscapes of Chinese Labour: A History of China’s Working Class. London: Verso, 2022, pp. 282-290.

    Kindler, Benjamin. “Sugarcoated Bullets”. In The Afterlives of Chinese Communism. Acton: Australian National University Press, 2019, pp. 263-268.

  • Conference Presentations

    As organizer:

    Chinese Socialism In/As Theory: Political Economy in Revolutionary China. Supported by a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Collaborative Reading Workshop Grant. Columbia University, 20-22 May 2022.

    On the Natural History of Destruction: Technology, Politics, and Material Transformation in Asia’s Long World War II. Columbia University, 5 October 2018.

    As panel presenter:

    “Behaving After Socialism: Thought Work, Behavioural Science and the Post-Socialist Human”. Part of panel “The Making and Remaking of Socialist Subjects in the People’s Republic of China, 1950s-1980s”. Association for Asian Studies 2022 Annual Conference, March 24 to 27 2022.

    “Overcoming the Author, Overcoming the Wage: Yao Wenyuan, Zhang Chunqiao, and the Theoretical Legacy of ‘Bourgeois Right’”. 23rd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, Leipzig University, 25 to 29 August 2021.

    “Humanism After/Against Revolution: Aesthetic Labour and the ‘early Marx’ in 1980s China”. Marxist Literary Group/Institute on Culture and Society Annual Conference, 25 June 2021.

    “Our Friends in the South: Anti-Colonial Universalism and Sino-Vietnamese Solidarity in the Global 1960s”. Sixth Annual Critical Asian Humanities Workshop, Duke University, 10 to 11 April 2020 (changed to online conference, paper delivered 19 February 2021).

    “Reading on Speed: Collective Reading, Micro-stories and Socialist Readership in the Great Leap Forward”. Practices of Reading in the People’s Republic of China, University of Freiburg, 9 to 11 December 2020 (changed to online conference, paper delivered 1 December).

    “Our Friends in the South: Performing Sino-Vietnamese Solidarity in the Global 1960s”. The Radical Sixties, University of Brighton, 27 to 29 June 2019.

    “Peasant Time, Proletarian Time: The Problem of Temporality in China’s First Five-Year Plan”. International Symposium on ‘Conjuring the Socialist Rural: Locality, Economy, and Imagination of Village Life in 1950s China’, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 16 to 18 May 2019.

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