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The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) – Timeline of Activities



2012
The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) – Timeline of Activities 



May 17, 2012 Shanghai University
Symposium on “Movement and Society”
“Movement” has multiple social manifestations, including immigration, fleeing, migration, etc. It might even involve various changes in the realm of consciousness and spirit. The analysis and reinterpretation of the concept of movement not only provides a new perspective for observing the management structure of society and the characteristics of social life, but also raises challenges to the existing narrow ways of understanding of “movement” and “fixedness.” From this special perspective, we can not only reflect on humanity’s existent social formations, but also have discussions on currently existing knowledge formations and ways of cognition.
 
Moderators:
Sun Ge (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
Wang Xiaoming (Shanghai University)
Speakers:
Iyotani Toshio (Professor Emeritus of Economic and Social History, Hitotsubashi University)
Hirata Yumi (Professor of Japanese Literature, Osaka University)
Mima Tatsuya (Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine)
 
 
July 14-16, 2012 | Wenxin Buiding, Shanghai
8th Forum on Chinese Culture: TV Series and Contemporary Culture
A major feature of contemporary society is the cultural forms of the “popular” and “entertainment-ification.” These are increasingly replacing cultural forms considered “elegant” and “classical,” becoming key links to the reproduction of the dominant culture, and even of the entire social structure.
In present day China, TV series have become one of the most socially influential art forms. Their production, viewing, commentary and various subsequent responses (such as the production and sale of derivative products) are thus important activities that represent society and popular feeling, and influence cultural trends. These are not only cultural activities, but also economic and political activities. Thus this forum focused on TV series of the past decade and their broader production mechanisms, inviting participants from the following categories:
1. TV series screenwriters, directors and producers
2. Professional TV series critics and researchers
3. Non-professional commentators, invited from Douban online groups
4. Viewers who specialize in the humanities and social sciences
5. Graduate students majoring in cultural studies, literature, film and television, media, etc.
This lively forum engaged in multifaceted and in-depth analyses of the ins and outs and the social influence of today’s “TV drama fever,” as well as its interaction with new mainstream culture, thereby advancing the development of commentary on TV dramas.
 
 
August 18, 2012 | Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum 
1st Our City Forum: City of Amusement Parks
 
 
October 12-18, 2012 | Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum
Professors and students from the Department of Cultural Studies at Shanghai University participate in World in Transition, Imagination in Flux: Asian Circle of Thought Shanghai Summit (2012) held at the Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum.
This summit was an attempt to initiate a platform for dialogue among leading intellectuals and thinkers in Asia. As the present world is now in rapid economic, political and cultural transition, there is a sense of urgency among Asia’s intellectuals and thinkers to come together to analyze the present and imagine the future in global terms, with Asia as a focal point.
 

November 26, 2012 | Shanghai University
Lecture: “The Art of the War of Position: Re-reading Gramsci”
Antonio Gramsci uses the concept of “war of position” to explain the struggle over “civil society hegemony,” a struggle that usually unfolds through oppositional culture or ideology. What does this all mean? The lecture traced the intellectual history origins of the discursive tradition of “war of position,” interpreted its novel originality and deeper meanings, and explained the important principles of its method and its practical significance in contemporary ideological struggles –particularly the historical inevitability of discussing “war of position” in China. The conclusions that emerge from close readings and reflections ultimately show that the “war of position” constitutes the most powerful aspect of Gramsci’s thought.
Speaker: Chen Yue (Shaanxi Normal University)
 

December 1, 2012 | Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum
2nd Our City Forum: Urban Life and the Crisis of Food Safety
 
 
December 19, 2012 | Shanghai University
Lecture: Calling on the Sixties 《叩访六十年代》
Speaker: Dai Jinhua (Peking University)