Road Building and Global Positioning in Southwest China

Dr Yongming Zhou, The University of Wisconsin-Madison

05.Nov.2009 17.00 - 18.00
G40, Baines Wing - Leeds


Viewing roads as agents of change that can bring rapid and complex transformations in both the ecological and social systems, the speaker purposes to bridge the gaps separating mono-disciplinary research on “road ecology,” “road economics,” and “road sociology,” making an interdisciplinary study of “roadology” and therefore appreciating better the complexity of roads’ impacts. Using China’s recent massive road building in the Southwest as a case in point, the speaker will examine the efforts by local authorities to rebuild the Stilwell Road (Burma Road) and analyze how spatial reconfiguration, historical reinvention, and economy of hope all contribute to make the road building as an imagined means of global integration in Southwest China.


Dr Yongming Zhou is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University. He is the author of Anti-Drug Crusades in Twentieth-Century China: Nationalism, History, and State-Building (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999) and Historicizing Online Politics: Telegraphy, the Internet, and Political Participation in China (Stanford University Press, 2006). In 2001-2002, he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC. He has also been a Mellon Fellow at the Needham Research Institute at Cambridge and a visiting fellow at the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore.

This seminar is part of the World Universities Network Contemporary China Center Virtual Seminars programme. This year’s series will focus on social development and political reform from economic, ethnic and ecological perspectives with a focus on issues of fairness and equality. The series allows audiences around the world to hear from leading scholars in Contemporary China studies and to engage in dialogue with one another across geographic boundaries. Each seminar includes an interactive question and answer session across all sites.

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