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Roads as Spaces of Consumption: The Making of Tibetan Highways

September 28, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Portrait image of Yongming Zhou wearing glasses and a light green shirt in front of a stone wall

Monday Seminar:

Yongming Zhou

Senior Fellow (2014-2018)

Anthropology, UW-Madison

 

What are the functions of roads, both “materially” and “symbolically”? Since 1950, several highways have been built to connect Tibet with the rest of China. These roads’ meanings are subject to constant construction and reinterpretation, being understood variously as heroic, monumental, liberating, mysterious, exotic, purifying, splendid, and having the ability to incite pilgrimages. This talk contributes to a broader study of “roadology,” to which the speaker has been collaborating with a group of interdisciplinary scholars over the past several years.

 

Yongming Zhou is a Professor of Anthropology at UW-Madison. He received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Duke University. In 2001-2002, he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He is the author of Anti-Drug Crusades in Twentieth-Century China: Nationalism, History, and State-Building (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999) and Historicizing Online Politics: Telegraphy, the Internet, and Political Participation in China (Stanford University Press, 2006). He has also been a Mellon Fellow at the Needham Research Institute at Cambridge and a visiting fellow at the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore. He served as the president of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs in 2012. His latest “roadology” project focuses on the socio-cultural impacts of transnational road building on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and in the Great Mekong Subregion, where he has conducted fieldwork since 2006. He is at work on a project entitled Chasing Happiness: The Unhappy Life of a Western Ideal in China, 1890-2010.

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Date:
September 28, 2015
Time:
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Venue

University Club, Room 212
432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States