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China and the World: 1950s Urban Culture and Planning

April 29, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 4:15 pm


A Workshop for SUNY Faculty and Students
107 Capen Hall (inside Silverman Library)

This workshop is part of the scholarly initiative “Building an Interdisciplinary Approach to Study Chinese Views of the Global Order,” partially funded by the SUNY Arts and Humanities Network of Excellence. As part of the initiative, three core participants—Professor Tze-ki Hon of SUNY Geneseo, Professor Xin Fan of SUNY Fredonia, and Professor Kristin Stapleton of the University at Buffalo—are organizing workshops on their respective campuses.

The Buffalo workshop will focus on the period of the 1950s. Participants will explore how visions of the emerging socialist world were developed and disseminated, with a particular focus on urban planning. Although much scholarly work on China in the 1950s focuses on land reform and collectivization, Chinese cities were also transformed. In many respects, the changes mirrored the construction of industrial cities in the Soviet Union several decades earlier, and thousands of Russian experts came to China to share their conceptions of socialist material culture and social organization. But pre-existing Chinese understandings of urban life persisted. The workshop will examine how new concepts interacted with the old.

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April 29, 2016
8:30 am - 4:15 pm


107 Capen Hall (inside Silverman Library)
UB Honors College
UB North Campus, NY 14260 United States
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History Department, University at Buffalo