CHINESENESS BETWEEN THE CULTURAL AND POLITICAL: IS IT POSSIBLE FOR SOCIAL SCIENTISTS TO BE OBJECTIVE ABOUT IT?
by Prof. Allen Chun
Date & Time
19.04. 2022, 11:30 AM
Room n. 2.64 (next to the Korean corner), Tř. Svobody & Online via ZOOM: https://cesnet.zoom.us/j/97013632419
In 2017 I wrote a book entitled Forget Chineseness: On the Geopolitics of Cultural Identification. For some people, it may have represented a sequel or expansion of a controversial essay I published in 1996, but the book was composed mainly of previous works systematically rewritten and refocused more to make a point about changing times. Nonetheless, as a culturologist trained in anthropology, I continued to argue that basic conceptual definitions of culture remain inherently flawed, which is reflected also by the way our projections of culturalism have been politicized. This has ramifications not only for how we study Chinese speaking societies but also for how notions of identity have distorted the nature of social reality everywhere.
Allen Chun is Research Fellow Emeritus in the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taipei. From August 2019, he has been Chair Professor in the Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu. His interests involve cultural theory, nation-state formation, transnationalism and identity, and his work has focused mostly on Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. He is author of Forget Chineseness: On the Geopolitics of Cultural Identification (SUNY, 2017) and On the Geopragmatics of Anthropological Identification (Berghahn, 2019).