This seminar offers a film screening followed by a discussion with the film’s director – Prof. William A Callahan (University of Manchester).
After decades of Cold War hostility, in the late 1970s people from the US and its allies started going to China – again. ‘China Shadows’ (28 min.) presents memories of these first encounters, raising questions of where is China, what is China, and who is Chinese.
These interviews with people from Thailand, the US, Taiwan, Belarus, England and India form the basis of a growing archive of first encounters with Otherness – or more to the point, they record diverse experiences of what it means to be the Other in China.
In March 2012, William A. Callahan went to China to set up the research network. He met with the network partner Prof. ZHANG Xiaojin (Tsinghua) to organise the logistics for the research network.
Dr WU Qiang (Tsinghua) came to Manchester for a one month (June-July 2012) research visit; he met with researchers and PhD students who are studying civil society and social movements in China and Europe.
Callahan went on fieldwork visits to India (3-18 February 2013) and China (5-15 March 2013). He met with academics and public intellectuals in both countries, and in India is gave talks at network partner Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University, as well as at the Institute for Chinese Studies and the Observer Research Foundation think tank.
The network workshop will be held in Shanghai in June 2013.