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The Long Institute Lecture Series

China’s Directed Public Sphere:

Origins and Rejuvenation

Thursday, January 21, 2016
3:00–4:30 p.m.

UC Irvine School of Law, LAW 4700 (Directions)

Presented by Timothy Cheek
Professor and Louis Cha Chair in Chinese Research
Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

Understanding the public role of intellectuals across China’s long 20th century requires one to clarify what sort of public sphere China’s intellectuals operated in at different times. This recent survey identified three: print capitalism, the propaganda state, and the directed public sphere. This paper seeks to explore the concept of the public sphere in China and in particular the directed public sphere as it is rejuvenated under Xi Jinping today. Read more »

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The Long Institute Lecture Series on
Chinese Law,
Business and Society

The Long Institute Lecture Series on Chinese Law, Business and Society is organized by the UCI Long US-China Institute. The series offers presentations of state-of-the-art research on how law, business and society interact in China or in relation to China. The series provides a platform for learning and discussing how legal institutions in the world’s largest legal system and second largest economy shape and are shaped by market and social forces.

2015-16 Lecture Schedule

November 5 Jonas Nahm Renewable Futures and Industrial Legacies: Wind and Solar Energy in China, Germany, and the United States
December 3 Kwai Ng China’s Grassroots Courts: A Sociological Perspective
Jan. 21, 2016 Timothy Cheek

China’s Directed Public Sphere: Origins and Rejuvenation

Feb. 1, 2016 James Fallows Annual Long Institute Distinguished Lecture
Feb. 11, 2016 Guo Zhiyuan Implementation of Exclusionary Rule in China: Challenges and Possible Solutions
Feb. 25, 2016 Xuegang Zhou Spatial Mobility in the Chinese bureaucracy: Evidence and Implications for China’s Governance
March 9, 2016 Susan Shirk Personalism and Institutionalization in PRC Politics
April 14, 2016 Minxin Pei Collusive Corruption