Indigenous Knowledge of Local Ecosystems in Fiction of Inner Mongolia


Past Event

Indigenous Knowledge of Local Ecosystems in Fiction of Inner Mongolia

November 14, 2018
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Ware lounge, 6th floor Avery Hall

About the Event

In this talk, Professor Robin Visser analyzes works by three contemporary eco-writers of Inner Mongolia to explore dynamics between indigenous knowledge of local ecosystems and Beijing’s promotion of ecological civilization. She argues that even while this literature raises environmental awareness, indigenous perspectives can also be strategically appropriated to strengthen control over historically contentious national minorities.

About the Speaker

Robin Visser is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China (Duke UP, 2010), analyzes Chinese urban planning, architecture, fiction, cinema, art and cultural studies at the turn of the twenty-first century. She received a 2017-18 National Humanities Center Fellowship to support research on her current project, Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures. She has published articles on Chinese and Taiwanese literature, film, and cultural studies, serves as Chief Co-editor of the Chinese-language Journal of East Asian Humanities《東亞人文》and is an editorial board member of Journal of Urban Cultural Studies.


This event is part of the 2018-2019 Policy and Society in Contemporary China Lecture Series, cosponsored by the China Center for Social Policy and Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and supported by CSSW and GSAPP.

Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy