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Qin Shao | A Field Walk in Shanghai and into a Blind Spot

  • PURE ARCHITECTURE | Bridge 8 436 Ju Men Road Shanghai (map)

You may be interested in this Discussion of Fieldwork in China at the Shanghai Social Studies Colloquium (SSSC). The SSSC is a forum for professional researchers and scholars to share and discuss their work. The speaker is Professor Qin Shao, Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore. 

Qin Shao | A Field Walk in Shanghai and into a Blind Spot

Sharing the first hand experience as a transdiscliplinary research for SSSC is Professor Qin Shao from the National University of Singapore — the author of Shanghai Gone: Domicide and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity, which Urban Studies Book Reviews call “one of the best books on China urbanization to date.” Based on a longitudinal study of urban neighbourhoods in Shanghai, Professor Shao analyzes in-depth the process of urban transformation in one of China’s most vibrant metropolises. During years of field research in Shanghai, Prof. Shao has studied examples of urban (re-)development that led to cases of gentrification and destruction of historical neighborhoods. With the help of architectural preservation experts Prof. Shao offers an alternative mode of urban transformation that takes a more humanistic approach to Chinese urban study and society. A native of Shanghai, a sharp literary critic, and an experienced historian Professor Shao will be convening a dynamic discussion on contemporary research methods in social sciences and humanities. Download the event poster here

Date       Monday 27 April 2015 | 19.00

                 Bridge 8 Phase II, No.436 Ju Men Road, Room 6101
                 Shanghai, China, 200023
                 上海市黄浦区局门路 436 号八号桥二期 6101 室

RSVP       Frank TSAI at [email protected] 


Qin Shao is a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore and Professor of History at The College of New Jersey.  A former fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University and the International Research Center on Work and Lifecycle in Global History, Humboldt University, Germany, Shao is the author of Shanghai Gone: Domicide and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), Culturing Modernity: the Nantong Model, 1890-1930 (Stanford Univ. Press, 2004), and publications in the Journal of Asian Studies, China Quarterly, and other scholarly outlets. She has presented her research at the University of Oxford and the Harvard Law School, among other institutes. Shao’s recent work focuses on the human dimension of rapid urbanization in post- Mao China, especially on such issues as state violence, mental health, dignity, property rights, and grass-roots movements.