Constructing Citizens: Textbooks, c. 1900-1937

November 13, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Room 519, Fifith Floor, Kaneff Tower
York University
4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR)

zarrowProfessor Zarrow will examine four decades of dramatic historical change in China through the prism of textbooks. Based on a close reading of an extensive range of primers, textbooks, and readers, he traces a trajectory from “self-cultivation” to “civics” to an every narrowing view of “patriotism.” At the same time, he charts the evolving, conflicting, and overlapping ideologies that shaped knowledge production in early twentieth-century China. These include Confucianism, republicanism, individualism, nationalism, and professionalism.

Peter Zarrow is professor of history at the University of Connecticut and adjunct research fellow at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, where he worked for many years. He is most recently the author of After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State, 1885-1924. Professor Zarrow’s research deals with the intellectual history of modern China, focusing on political thought and movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

All are welcome!

This event is part of the 2014-2015 Knowledge Production in East Asia seminar series organized by the Critical China Studies Reading Group at YCAR.

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