Internet Politics and Political Participation in Chinese Cyberspace
Zhou Yongming, Professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Friday, November 5 2010
Public Lecture: 3:30-5:00
Small Group Discussion: 5:00-6:00
Location: 319 Gregory Hall
ABSTRACT: Why so much attention has been paid to the Internet in China? Does the Internet have democratizing power? This talk examines the complex relationships connecting information technology and politics in contemporary China. By analyzing how different groups (mainstream intellectuals, marginal online writers, and Chinese nationalists) use the Internet to achieve their goals, this talk aims to present a complicated picture of political participation in the Chinese cyberspace and a more balanced view on the role of Internet in China.
BIO: Zhou Yongming is professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D in cultural anthropology from Duke University. In 2001-2002, he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He is the author of books “Anti-Drug Crusades in Twentieth-Century China: Nationalism, History, and State-Building” (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999) and “Historicizing Online Politics: Telegraphy, the Internet, and Political Participation in China” (Stanford University Press, 2006). He has also been a Mellon Fellow at the Needham Research Institute at Cambridge and a visiting fellow at the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore. His latest project is on the socio-ecological impacts of road construction in the Tibetan areas in the east Himalayas.