[Lecture] Right to the City: Hong Kong as an Example


Thursday, 24 October 2019, 5:30–7:00 pm
Right to the City: Hong Kong as an Example
Prof. Laikwan Pang (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Buchanan A104, UBC
1866 Main Mall, Vancouver
Free and open to the public

A City in Protest event | An Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster Keynote Lecture
Registration required

In this talk, Prof. Laikwan Pang will discuss the global meanings of Hong Kong’s democratic project. Inspired by David Harvey’s call for the right to the city, she will explore how Hong Kong has been both a polis and a refugee city as well as how we can learn from this history to respond to the recent political events both in the city and across the world. In this talk, Prof. Pang will argue that the kind of political autonomy that Hong Kong needs is one that could continue to maintain its liberalism and progressiveness, be receptive to people and ideas from China and all over the world, and at the same time be committed to the continual development of its civil society and its cultural identity.

Prof. Laikwan Pang 彭麗君 received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2002. Her research interests include film studies, visual studies, creativity, aesthetics, as well as cultural and political theories. Among her publications are: Building a New China in Cinema (2002), Cultural Control and Globalization in Asia (2006), Distorting Mirror (2007), Creativity and Its Discontents (2012), and The Art of Cloning (2017). Her forthcoming book, The Appearing Demos: Hong Kong During and After the Umbrella Movement (2020), will discuss the recent dissident movements in Hong Kong from both a global perspective and a cultural perspective.

This public lecture is organized by the Hong Kong Studies Initiative and is generously sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster, St. John’s College, Department of Asian Studies, Department of History, Department of Geography, and Centre for Chinese Research.

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See also details for a Cantonese-language salon with Prof. Laikwan Pang (October 25) at Centre A.

Registration for “Right to the City”

Registration for this event is now closed. To find out if it is still possible to attend, please send an email to hksi.ubc@ubc.ca.