Ruskola Leads Workshop on China’s Powerful Economy, Weak Human Rights
China’s booming economy and its lesser record on human rights will be examined at an April workshop in New York City, with opening remarks by Emory Law Professor Teemu Ruskola.
“China and the Human” will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City, Rooms C201/C202.
The event evolved from a recent double issue of the journal Social Text, based on “the curiously inverse relationship between economic success and political rights and freedom.” Ruskola served as editor along with David L. Eng and Shuang Shen. Several contributing authors will also participate in panel discussions.
The symposium will “question the self-evident nature of both ‘China’ and ‘human’ by examining the long career of the human in Western as well as Chinese culture and thought, reaching back to ancient traditions and exploring its radical transformations under Maoism and in the current socialist-capitalist era,” organizers say.
The event is sponsored by the Halle Institute and Emory Law; the Mellon Committee on the Study of Globalization and Social Change and the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York; the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University; the department of comparative literature, Penn State University, and Social Text.
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