Events July 2019


Exhibition - Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia

This major exhibition of contemporary Indonesian art will showcase 20 of the most exciting emerging and established artists from Bali and Java’s key artistic centres of Bandung, Yogyakarta and Jakarta.

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The trials of a liberal exemplar: Chu Anping and The Observer in history and memory

William Sima
This dissertation examines how Chu Anping and The Observer have been used to criticize the destruction of intellectual autonomy by the CCP after 1949, and the party’s ongoing circumscription of historical inquiry today. While engaging with by now familiar intellectual polemics in the PRC since 1989 — especially those between the ‘Liberals’ (自由派) and ‘New Left’ (新左派) — I show how intellectual debate has more specifically influenced the production of modern history. I focus especially on the historical narrative of a ‘liberal tradition’ (自由主义传统) in late-Qing and Republican China, and Chu Anping’s place within this purported tradition, showing how his later defiance of the CCP, along with ongoing censorship of Chu’s post-1949 career, has coloured the reception of his Observer writings and the history of modern ‘liberalism’ more broadly.
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