Annual Lecture 2014

Dr. Geremie Barmé

A New Sinological Approach to Xi Jinping’s China

Lecture Summary

“New Sinology” 后汉学/後漢 is an approach to the contemporary Chinese world that emphasizes a grounding in Chinese Studies informed by traditional scholarship and revived ideas as they are used in politics, thought, and culture in China today. The Xi Jinping era, inaugurated with the rise of Xi Jinping as “Chairman of Everything” since late 2012, calls for those interested in China on a more profound level to appreciate the elements of tradition and history, Marxism-Leninism and Mao Thought, and contemporary socio-political practice that are informing China and its global positioning today. This talk, by the founding director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, will discuss the challenges facing of scholars of China in this new phase of Communist Party rule.


Biographical Note

Geremie R. Barmé is an historian, cultural critic, filmmaker, translator, and web-journal editor. He works on Chinese cultural and intellectual history from the early modern period (1600s) to the present. From 2006 to 2011, he held an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship and, in 2010, he became the founding director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at the Australian National University. He is the editor of the e-journal China Heritage Quarterly and creator of The China Story Project. His most recent edited volume is China Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China (Australian Centre on China in the World – Australian National University, Australian National University, 2013), with Jeremy Goldkorn, following on from China Story Yearbook 2012: Red Rising, Red Eclipse (Canberra: CIW, 2012), and his last monograph was The Forbidden City (London: Profile Books and Harvard University Press, 2008, reprinted 2012), and he edited Australia and China: A Joint Report on the Bilateral Relationship, a collaborative project in English and Chinese by the Australian Centre on China in the World and the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, Beijing, published jointly in February 2012. His previous work includes collections (Seeds of Fire; New Ghosts, Old Dreams; and Shades of Mao), monographs (An Artistic Exile, awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize), documentary films (with the Long Bow Group in Boston: “The Gate of Heavenly Peace”; and “Morning Sun”), websites, translations (China Candid, by Sang Ye), numerous Chinese essays and two collections (西洋鏡下; and 自行車文集).