Embodied Memories of the Cultural Revolution

yangguobinUNSW Arts & Social Sciences

Associate Professor Guobin Yang

Date: Tuesday 14 July, 2015
Drinks Reception: 6.00pm
Lecture: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: Central Lecture Block (CLB) 1, UNSW Kensington (map ref C20)

In their retrospective writings, people of the Cultural Revolution generation often show a remarkable memory and fondness of the songs and films from their youthful years. What does it mean to say that the rhythms of a piece of music have been “carved into my bones and heart”? Why does it seem that people have especially strong memories of the sounds, images, and rhythms of the Cultural Revolution years? This talk discusses the enduring effects and manifestations of the embodied legacy of the Cultural Revolution.

Guobin Yang is an Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published extensively in the areas of digital media, political communication, global communication, social movements, cultural sociology, and the sociology of China. He is the author of The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009) and Violence, Dissent, and Memory: China’s Red Guard Generation, 1966-2016 (Columbia University Press, forthcoming).

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Contact: Dr Haiqing Yu, h.yu@unsw.edu.au