Identification in Transition: Rethinking of Ethnic Phenomenon in Contemporary Society

Chen Juan
October 21, 2021 16:00 ~ 17:30
C-102, School of Humanity and Social Sciences

Scholar and colleagues are invited to our next 4on4 Salon on October 21st, 2021. Prof. Qi Liu, from East China Normal University, will give a talk titled 'Identification in Transition: Rethinking of Ethnic Phenomenon in Contemporary Society' / '聚散、流变与认同——当代族群现象再思考'.

In contemporary society, ethnicity is considered to be one of the most intriguing and complicated phenomena. Traditionally, the theoretical framework of ethnic study can be divided into primordialism and constructionism, however, neither of the two frameworks can be applied smoothly to understand ethnic phenomenon in contemporary society. On one hand, contemporary ethnic group is always in transition, with its appearance being very unstable. On the other hand, the identity of one specific ethnic group still constitutes people' identification and belonging. In this lecture, we will discuss the classical cases of ethnic study, and illustrate the multiple dimensions to understand ethnic phenomenon in contemporary society. We will try to combine ethnic research in several different disciplines, and provide a new angle to look at this phenomenon.

All welcome.

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Juan CHEN

Juan CHEN

Juan Chen has received her PhD in Anthropology and Education from University of Cambridge.