Talk by David Ownby

Online Talk: „The Changing Intellectual Landscape in China“, 06.10.2021



David Ownby is Professor of history at the Université de Montréal, in Montréal, Canada, and is a member of the Centre for Asian Studies at the same institution. At the beginning of his career he worked on the history of secret societies and brotherhoods in early modern China, publishing Brotherhoods and Secret Societies in Early and Mid-Qing China (Stanford, 1996). He subsequently transitioned to the field of Chinese popular religion and to more contemporary topics, and published notably his Falungong and the Future of China (Oxford, 2008). For the last decade or so, he has shifted his focus yet again, and is working on the topic of establishment intellectuals in contemporary China. He translates, curates, and writes about the ideas and writings of these thinkers on his website, Reading the China Dream, in addition to publishing several books of translations, including Xu Jilin on Rethinking China’s Rise (Oxford 2018) and Qin Hui on Globalization after the Pandemic (University of Hong Kong, 2021).

The event will be chaired by:
Sarah Eaton, Professor of Transregional China Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin

Biao Xiang, Director of Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
Ian Johnson, Author, Journalist, Senior Fellow for Chinese studies at the Council on Foreign Relations

This event is presented by Berlin Contemporary China Network (BCCN), a joint initiative by researchers at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and the Technische Universität Berlin.