Sacred Nation: Chinese Museums and the Legacy of Empire


Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Race, Representation and Museums Lecture Series

Magnust Fiskesjö, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

The official Chinese view of China’s history and national identity has been transformed in recent decades from a tale of revolutionary class struggle into a story of ancient and unbroken national and imperial glory. This shift can be discerned in both new and restored Chinese museums and memorial sites commemorating recent and past heroes. Magnus Fiskesjö will discuss the current boom in China’s "culture industry" and what it tells us about changes in Chinese conceptions of national and cultural identity.

Free and open to the public

Presented in collaboration with the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture and the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

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