Seminar – 13 November – Michael Long

October 30th, 2018 by


Tuesday 13 November 2018

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Michael Long

MIASU, University of Cambridge

Culture: The Politics of Bounded Passion

‘Culture’ is often a taken-for-granted term. Yet in China, the notion of ‘culture’, or wenhua, has a lengthy history and is inseparable from politics. So as to attempt to develop a new theoretical perspective when engaging with contemporary Chinese culture/politics, this essay attempts to elaborate upon and develop anthropologist Michael Puett’s engagements with Chinese classic theorizations of ‘ritual’ (li) through a discussion regarding its Chinese institutionalized partner, ‘music’ (yue). With a particular focus on perceptions, collection, and ‘use’ (liyong) of Chinese folk-arts in the 20th century, this essay attempts to reconceptualize ‘culture’ in a unique Chinese context.

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