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Visual Studies Seminar

Department of Philosophy

 By

Dr. Lai-kwan Pang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

" Visual Culture and China¡¦s Modernity "

(in English)

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Date : 13 February 2006 (Monday)
Time : 5:00 ¡V 6:30 pm
Venue : 2/F., Art Gallery, Main Building

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Abstract

In this lecture, Lai-kwan Pang explores the links between the Chinese experience of modernity and the new visual culture developing around the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. While modernity provided and fostered a set of cultural conditions for the Chinese to see things anew, these acts of seeing in turn defined what modernity was. The viewing subject acquired a compelling yet threatening sense of identity as well as a changed viewpoint from which to look at themselves and the world anew. It was the mutual conditioning between the viewers and the new visual representations that gave the real historical meanings to the new visual culture, creating lasting and irreversible effects in the development of modern China.

Dr. Lai-kwan Pang

Dr. Lai-kwan Pang is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has authored two books, Building a New Cinema in China: The Chinese Left-wing Cinema Movement, 1932-37 (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002) and Cultural Control and Globalization in Asia: Copyright, Piracy, and Cinema (Routledge, 2006). She has co-edited two anthologies, Masculinities and Hong Kong Cinema (Hong Kong University Press, 2005), and the special issue on "Chinese Culture in Inter-Asia" for Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. She is currently working on a new book manuscript about China's visual modernity.

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