Utopian Ruins: A Memorial Museum of the Mao Era

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 9:00 a.m. on Zoom (ID 975 8710 2747)

In the book, Li traces the creation, preservation, and elision of memories about China’s Mao era, reckoning with both its utopian yearnings and its cataclysmic reverberations. Its memorial exhibits include blood writing and police files from erstwhile revolutionaries who were revolutionized, photography of the Great Leap Forward and documentary films from the Cultural Revolution, as well as socialist factory ruins and red memorial collections that testify to Chinese Revolution’s unrealized dreams and unmourned ghosts.

JIE LI is Associate Professor of the Humanities at Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University. In addition to Utopian Ruins, she is the author of Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life and co-editor of Red Legacies in China: Afterlives of the Communist Revolution. She is now finishing a new book entitled Cinematic Guerrillas: Maoist Propaganda as Spirit Mediumship.

Host: Professor Zhu Ying (Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University)

Discussant: Professor Pang Laikwan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

For enquiries: fmiresearch@hkbu.edu.hk

Organized by Centre for Film and Moving Image Research of Academy of Film