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Qin Shao | Shanghai Despite Itself: A Perspective from the Field

  • Radisson Plaza Xingguo Hotel 78 Xing Guo Road Shanghai (map)

This is an event organized by The Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) China in Shanghai.

Shanghai Despite Itself: A Perspective from the Field
The large scale demolition in Shanghai less than ten years ago seems to have become a distant memory today. But it remains a daily living experience for those who suffered domicide in that process. Based on years of field research, this lecture presents the key cases in Shanghai Gone: Domicide and Defiance in a Chinese Megacity. The struggle behind the gentrification of Xintiandi, rare evidence of CCP’s deprivation of private possessions from Mao to post-Mao, and the destruction of historical neighbourhoods with the help of preservation experts such as Ruan Yisan, are among the stories. The lecture explores the impact of forced displacement on the social well-being of the city and the residents. 

Date        Saturday 25 April 2015 | 16.00

Venue     Tavern, Radisson Plaza Xingguo Hotel
                 78 Xing Guo Road, Shanghai
                 兴国宾馆 上海市兴国路78号

Cost        Members 70 RMB, non-members 100 RMB
                 Includes a glass of wine or soft drink

RSVP      RAS Bookings at: [email protected]

About the Speaker
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.