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Global Chinas: Environments, Epistemologies, Ethics

Workshop unter Leitung von Alessandro Rippa, Ph.D. (CAS Young Center/LMU).


China is a global force whose impact on the world takes countless forms: labor export, resource extraction, but also scientific cooperation and environmental governance. This “globality” requires a thorough re-thinking of the China Studies field, and China scholars will have to push aside the field’s methodological nationalism. This workshop concentrates on three particular aspects of Global China: environments, epistemologies, and ethics. Environment refers not only to the planetary environmental impact of Chinese development and policies, but also to the ways in which China’s rise might be re-shaping the discourse surrounding nature, human-environment relations, and ecologies. In this sense, environmental issues are as much epistemological and ethical, as they are a matter of global governance.

Teilnehmer/innen sind: Anna Lisa Ahlers (MPI für Wissenschaftsgeschichte), Susanne Brandtstädter (Universität zu Köln), Alessandro Rippa (LMU München), Charlotte Bruckermann (University of Bergen / LMU München), Jessica Clendenning (LMU München), Wilfried Hinsch (Universität zu Köln), Robert Kramm (LMU München), Huiying Ng (LMU München), Roger Norum (LMU München), Panitda Saiyarod (Universität zu Köln).

Book Launch am 15. September um 19 Uhr s.t.:

Borderland Infrastructures: Trade Development, and Control in Western China

Alessandro Rippa (LMU München) im Gespräch mit Anna Lisa Ahlers (MPI für Wissenschaftsgeschichte) und Susanne Brandtstädter (Universität zu Köln).

Across the Chinese borderlands, investments in large-scale transnational infrastructure such as roads and special economic zones have increased exponentially over the past two decades. Based on long-term ethnographic research, Borderland Infrastructures addresses a major contradiction at the heart of this fast-paced development: small-scale traders have lost their historic strategic advantages under the growth of massive Chinese state investment and are now struggling to keep their businesses afloat. Concurrently, local ethnic minorities have become the target of radical resettlement projects, securitization, and tourism initiatives, and have in many cases grown increasingly dependent on state subsidies. At the juncture of anthropological explorations of the state, border studies, and research on transnational trade and infrastructure development, Borderland Infrastructures provides new analytical tools to understand how state power is experienced, mediated, and enacted in Xinjiang and Yunnan. In the process, Rippa offers a rich and nuanced ethnography of life across China’s peripheries.

More information and a link to the Pdf of the book which is fully Open Access:

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Der Book Launch wird als Livestream durchgeführt.