Thursday 23 May 2013, 6.30-8.00pm, COL 2.01, Columbia House
Speaker: Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom; Chair: Professor Arne Westad
This seminar will explore how the legacies of imperialist traumas of the past, influence China’s surge toward international prominence in the present. From the telegraph in the 19th century to the Internet in the 20th and 21st, technologies of communication and globalisation have often gone hand in hand with shifts in Chinese popular struggles for change and top-down strategies for control.
Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom will discuss these and other aspects of globalisation, including the varying roles that Shanghai has played as a symbol of the ‘excitement’ and dangers of China’s globalization and cosmopolitanism.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, where he also holds a courtesy position in the Law School. He is the author of four books, including China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Professor Arne Westad is Director of LSE IDEAS.
COL 2.01, Columbia House, London School of Economics. Map.