The “China Urban Studies Author Talk Series”: Beijing and Shanghai in History and Culture

Urban Study Author Talk

Cities have served as the driving force for social and economic development in the 21st century China, as key windows for the world to know this country, and as a vital field of research for China scholars within and abroad. Academic works on Chinese cities have sprung since the 1980s and experts focusing on urban China have become the backbone of the China studies community. 


The “China Urban Studies" Author Talk Series, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Webster University, intends to introduce to scholars and the general public the newest discoveries, cutting-edge methods, provocative debates and groundbreaking thoughts, as presented by Chinese urban studies scholars in their most recent research. 

Upcoming Events

  • April 10, 2021, 8:00 – 9:00 pm CST: Painting the City Red: Chinese Cinema and the Urban Contract by Yomi Braester, Professor at the University of Washington
  • April 24, 2021, 8:00 – 9:00 pm CST: Global Shanghai Remade: The Rise of Pudong New Area by Richard Hu, Professor at the University of Canberra

Past Events

  • March 10, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm CST: China Gothic: The Bishop of Beijing and His Cathedral by Anthony Clark, Professor at Whitworth University
  • February 20, 2021: Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich by Dr. Steven Hochstadt, Professor Emeritus of History at Illinois College
  • January 16 2021: Mapping Modern Beijing: Space, Emotion, Literary Topography by Dr. Weijie Song, Associate Professor of modern Chinese Literature and culture at Rutgers University