Carolina Humanities in Action: Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures: Threats to Bio and Ethnic Diversity

Tuesday 2/12, 4:30 p.m.

Featuring Robin Visser, Associate Professor of Asian Studies

Dr. Visser’s current book project, Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures (1980-2020), analyzes the growing prominence within Chinese-language literature of ecological perspectives from China’s border cultures. It includes works by Mongolian, Tibetan, Taiwanese Indigenous, Kazakh, Uyghur, and Han Chinese writers. Set in Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Southwest China, and Taiwan, they feature diverse ecologies rapidly transforming due to unprecedented rates of development and domestic migration. The talk analyzes literary depictions of rapidly changing regional ecosystems and compares distinct ways of imagining relational dynamics between humans, non-human animals, ecosystems, and the cosmos.

Join us this spring as we learn about the challenges of living in the rapidly changing world of the late 20th and early 21st century with our historically informed series, “The World since 1945.”  Some of our speakers will address people coping with the challenges of “modernity,” from Germans reevaluating their twentieth-century experiences to Chinese citizens living in deteriorating natural worlds. Others will question dominant narratives around US “enemies” such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin or so-called “Islamic Terrorists.” All the talks will foster dialogue and humanistic reflection on current events and the recent past to help us make sense of our ever-connected but ever-fractured world.

All programs are held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS and receive a discount on the purchase of all ten lectures.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 4:30pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514