The China Dream

Hosted by the Department of International Relations, Department of Anthropology and LSE Literary Festival

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,


Professor William A Callahan

Professor William A Callahan

Chan Koonchung

Chan Koonchung

Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton


Dr Hans Steinm├╝ller

The 'China Dream' is the keyword of contemporary propaganda discourse in the People's Republic. This panel discusses the immense variety of aspirations and dreams in contemporary Chinese society.

William A Callahan is Professor of International Relations at the LSE, and his recent publications include China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future, and the documentary video, China Dreams: The Debate.

Chan Koonchung is a Chinese writer and critic.  His novel The Fat Years- China in 2013 presents a dystopian future in which the dream of a 'harmonious society' has been realized. His latest book is The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver.

Isabel Hilton (@isabelhilton) is a writer and broadcaster, and founding editor of Chinadialogue. She has worked with the BBC, the New Yorkerthe GuardianGrantathe Independent, among others. Her publications include Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar and The Search for the Panchen Lama. In 2009 she was awarded an OBE.

Hans Steinmüller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at LSE. On the basis of long-term fieldwork in rural China he has published Communities of Complicity. Everyday Ethics in Rural China.

The International Relations Department at LSE (@LSEIRDept) is now in its 87th year, making it one of the oldest as well as largest in the world.

LSE's Anthropology Department  (@LSEAnthropology), with a long and distinguished history, remains a leading centre for innovative research and teaching.

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015, taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme 'Foundations'.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSElitfest


A podcast of this event is available to download from The China Dream

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